All publications by tag «loot boxes»
Report: EU should tackle loot boxes through consumer protection legislation
Loot boxes have proved rather resilient in the face of attempts by the EU authorities to regulate them through gambling legislation. In the countries that classified loot boxed as a gambling mechanic, such as Belgium and the Netherlands, publishers simply made the in-game currency unavailable while keeping it elsewhere.
At the European scale, legal frameworks are just “not sufficiently harmonised” between EU member states to make the gambling approach universally effective.
Apple sued for allowing devs to market games with loot boxes on App Store
Last Friday, a proposed class action lawsuit was filed with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. It alleges that Apple allows games with loot boxes on the App Store, a mechanic that constitutes gambling thus violating California law.
Valve adds X-ray scanner for loot boxes in French CS: GO
The French version of CS: GO now has an X-ray feature that allows users to scan loot boxes and see their contents before making a purchase. You would think Valve is making the lootbox mechanic less exploitative, but not it’s not quite as straightforward.