Another Lawsuit Against EA; Ultimate Team in FIFA and Madden is Gambling
Jacob Blazewicz, 17 August 2020, 23:42
Electronic Arts has been sued in California for FIFA and Madden Ultimate Team packages. According to the plaintiff, these lootboxes are nothing but a game of chance, an example of gambling, which is illegal in this state.
The BBC Attacks Lootboxes in FIFA, Dramatic Story of Addicted Gamer
Jacob Blazewicz, 10 July 2020, 18:32
The BBC station described the story of a gamer addicted to spending money in the FIFA series. A young British man spent almost 3,000 pounds in FUT mode, wasting his parents' savings.
ESRB Will Inform of Randomized Microtransactions
Paul Wozniak, 14 April 2020, 15:42
The ESRB, an age rating organisation for US and Canadian markets, introduces a new label. It will enable players to know whether the title contains any form of randomized microtransactions.
Valorant Without Lootboxes and Pay to Win
Laty, 06 March 2020, 10:25
The team working on Valorant provided details of the microtransaction system. The creators of League of Legends have still not revealed the release date of their latest title.
UK's Healthcare: Lootboxes Expose Children to Gambling Addiction
Paul Wozniak, 19 January 2020, 21:51
England's mental health director, Claire Murdoch, claims that lootboxes in video games put children at risk of becoming addicted to gambling. Thus, she calls for the companies behind such games to take appropriate action.
Valve Bans Trading and Reselling of CS:GO Keys
Milosz Szubert, 29 October 2019, 13:47
Valve has decided to ban the resale of keys used to open the boxes acquired while playing Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. All because of the fact that there were used in scams.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Without Lootboxes and Airdrops
Adrian Werner, 14 October 2019, 14:56
People from Infinity Ward reassured the players that in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare we will not find lootbox or supply drop mechanics, at least on launch.
CS:GO - French Gamers Get a Lootbox Scanner With a Catch
Bart Swiatek, 02 October 2019, 11:43
French Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players now have the option - and even the obligation - to scan their equipment boxes before buying them. This feature is likely to have been implemented as a result of planned changes to the Anti-Gambling Act and its use is severely restricted.
Star Wars Battlefront 2 Mentioned in Guinness World Records
Conrad Hazi, 07 September 2019, 20:37
Star Wars Battlefront 2 from Electronic Arts has received a mention in Guinness World Records. All thanks to the comment of one of the publisher's representatives, whose entry defending the microtransaction collected over 683 thousand downvotes on the Reddit.
NBA 2K20 - MyTeam Mode Trailer is a Microtransaction Nightmare
Adrian Werner, 29 August 2019, 13:00
The MyTeam mode trailer in NBA 2K20 has appeared on the web. The video focuses on microtransactions and looks more like an ad for a casino than a basketball game.
Kerbal Space Program 2 Without Lootboxes and EGS Exclusivity
Jacob Blazewicz, 22 August 2019, 14:29
Startheory Studio has revealed more details about Kerbal Space Program 2. We won't see any lootboxes in the game, and the title itself won't be a temporary exclusive on Epic Games Store.
Major Publishers Agree to New Rules for Lootboxes in Video Games
Paul Wozniak, 09 August 2019, 14:25
Many game publishers (including EA, Ubisoft and Blizzard) have agreed to new rules for lootboxes imposed by Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo.
Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo Develop New Policy on Lootboxes
Jacob Blazewicz, 07 August 2019, 22:48
Entertainment Software Association has revealed that Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft intend to change their policy on lootboxes. From next year, companies will impose the obligation to provide information about the chances of obtaining specific items from lootboxes in games published on their consoles.
Rocket League Will Abandon Lootboxes
Adrian Werner, 07 August 2019, 12:36
The devs of Rocket League informed that this year lootboxes will disappear from the game. This way, the players will always know what they are buying without having to buy a cat in a sack.
Bug in Skin Crates Causes Collapse of Team Fortress 2 Economy
Paul Wozniak, 27 July 2019, 23:35
A bug appeared with the latest update for Team Fortress 2, which changed the drop rates of unusual items in some of crates from less than 1% to 100%. A flood of extremely rare skins has led to a market collapse.
28% of EA Profits Comes From FUT (FIFA) and Other Ultimate Modes
Paul Wozniak, 24 July 2019, 14:42
Electronic Arts has just revealed that more than a quarter of the company's profits for the previous fiscal year came from selling Ultimate Team packs in FIFA and other EA sports titles.
UK Gambling Commission: FIFA Points and FUT Packs are no Gambling
Konrad Serafinski, 24 July 2019, 13:59
The UK Gambling Commission found that lootboxes in games, such as player packs for FUT, are not gambling under British law. All because of the lack of real value of virtual objects.
FIFA 19 - Kids Emptied Parents' Account by Buying FUT Player Packs
Konrad Serafinski, 10 July 2019, 14:05
Thomas Carter just found out that loot boxes can be maddening, after his kids spent 550 pounds on FIFA Ultimate Team footballer packs. The information was provided by BBC.
Gears 5 - Microtransactions, but no Season Pass, Looboxes or Paid Maps
Milosz Szubert, 21 June 2019, 23:05
The Coalition has announced what the post-release monetization of Gears 5 will look like. We learned that the title will not have a Season Pass, lootboxes and paid maps, but will include microtransactions.
EA Defends Lootboxes: „It's a surprise mechanic.”
Jakub Mirowski, 20 June 2019, 12:33
During a government commission meeting in the UK, a representative of Electronic Arts compared lootboxes to Kinder Surprises and claimed that gamers liked this element of video games.
U.S. Senator Cracks Down on Loot boxes Targeted at Children
Jacob Blazewicz, 08 May 2019, 22:58
American Senator Josh Hawley has announced a proposal for the regulation of microtransactions in games. The law would prohibit the presence of loot boxes and pay-to-win elements in games for people under the age of 18.
FTC Will Investigate Loot Boxes
Bart Swiatek, 11 April 2019, 15:02
This August, the Federal Trade Commission will organize an open workshop on loot boxes and related issues, including their possible negative influence on the behavior of young gamers.
Mortal Kombat 11 Without Lootboxes, Marvel vs DC Fighting Game Inbound?
Adrian Werner, 04 April 2019, 16:00
The head of NetherRealm Studios revealed new info on Mortal Kombat 11. We've also learned that the team considers developing a Marvel vs DC fighting game.
Players Pretend to be Belgian to Trick Apex Legends
Bart Swiatek, 21 March 2019, 16:28
Apex Legends players are pretending to be Belgian to trick Respawn's game into giving them crafting resources instead of some loot boxes.
Call of Duty Black Ops 4 Gets a Bad Case of Loot Boxes
Bart Swiatek, 21 February 2019, 15:42
The hated loot boxes have just appeared in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. The system enables us to get exp-boosting weapons.
Apex Legends Exploit Yields Free Lootboxes and Twitch Skin
Milosz Szubert, 21 February 2019, 12:58
A small exploit was discovered in Apex Legends, enabling us to acquire five loot boxes and a legendary Twitch subscription skin without paying for it.
Fortnite Save the World is done with random lootboxs
Adrian Werner, 27 January 2019, 14:26
Random lootbox contents will soon become history in Fortnite Save the World mode. Soon, the players will be able to take a look inside the box.
Anthem without loot boxes
Bart Swiatek, 14 January 2019, 14:17
A Tweet from Michael Gamble, the lead director of Anthem, has revealed that the game will feature no loot boxes.
Fallout 76 with paid lootboxes and premium cards?
Michael Kulakowski, 16 December 2018, 13:01
Money. Money never changes. And it looks like Fallout 76 is going to be another multiplayer piggy bank. Lootboxes for money? Oh dear.