Loot Boxes

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Jake Paul Is Advertising Real Life Loot Boxes and They Look Terrible

Jake Paul and RiceGum are shilling for 'Mystery Brand,' the next frontier in mindless consumption.
Matthew Gault
1.3.19
f2p

15 European Gambling Regulators Agree to Investigate If Loot Boxes Harm Children

Authorities from Spain, the United Kingdom, Portugal, Austria, Poland, Latvia and others signed the declaration.
Matthew Gault
9.17.18
E3 2018

At E3, Electronic Arts Threw Its Developers Under the Bus Over Loot Boxes

The company refused to take responsibility for last fall's backlash, and let the creatives behind 'Battlefront II,' 'Battlefield V,' and 'Anthem' promise things would be different.
Patrick Klepek
6.19.18
GAMBLING

Dutch Study Finds Some Video Game Loot Boxes Broke the Law

The Netherlands Gaming Authority picked ten games and found four of them in violation of the Dutch Gaming Act.
Matthew Gault
4.19.18
Loot Boxes

‘Shadow of War’ Developers Admit Microtransactions ‘Undermined the Heart of Our Game’

Monolith is removing in-game purchases and re-working the game’s final act.
Matthew Gault
4.3.18
Gaming

'Star Wars Battlefront II' Officially Ditches Paid Loot Boxes

Soon 'Star Wars Battlefront II' loot boxes will only contain cosmetics and you can’t pay for them with cash.
Matthew Gault
3.16.18
Loot Boxes

The ESRB's Response to Loot Boxes Falls Pathetically Short of Real Change

The group's own research suggests parents don't understand loot boxes, so the solution is...a label?
Patrick Klepek
2.27.18
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

What Happens When You Discover a Random Loot Drop Is Actually Worth $1,000

When Luke Johnson casually opened loot box in PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, he didn't expect to find one of the rarest items.
Patrick Klepek
1.18.18
Loot Boxes

I’m Still Playing ‘Star Wars: Battlefront II’ for Some Reason

I went to extraordinary lengths to make it fun, but it’s so much fun.
Matthew Gault
1.12.18
Modders

This 'Battlefront II' Modder's First Creation Was a Middle Finger to EA

EA didn't want a pink Darth Vader, so this modder made it for them.
Patrick Klepek
1.4.18
The Pantheon of Games

2017 Was a Year of Reckoning for Video Game Microtransactions

The first omens came in the form of horse armor over a decade ago. Now, the lootboxes (and the discourse) have truly arrived.
Patrick Klepek
1.2.18
Podcasts

We Discuss Gaming's Most Controversial Trend in 2017: Loot Boxes

'Battlefront II' may have been the most explosive moment, but it was hardly the only instance of loot boxes this year.
Patrick Klepek
12.28.17
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