The Netherlands today declared that, after conducting an investigation into the matter, it found several high-profile games' loot box systems to be illegal. If you're strongly against the randomized reward system so widely adopted in modern games, you might be tempted to do a little dance and sing like you're in the land of Oz. Ding dong, the wicked loot box is dead!Not so fast.While it's true that The Netherlands found 4 of 10 games it investigated to be in violation of the law, this isn't quite the Earth-shaking moment it may at first appear to be. Let us explain:This wasn't a scientific studyThe Netherlands began its investigation in November 2017, focusing on 10 games with loot boxes deemed to be the most popular. The exact methodology has not been revealed, but the Netherlands Gaming Authority claims in its initial news post that it more or less just pulled the 10 most popular games with loot boxes off an unnamed streaming site (I'm betting Twitch, but that's just speculation on … [Read more...] about The Netherlands is taking government action on loot boxes
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The Netherlands has declared loot boxes as gambling recently and has warned game publishers to remove them as they can be addictive. We recently discussed how EA is trying to regain our trust with a better monetization model for Battlefront 2. EA is the company that sparked the discussion over loot boxes which led to Govt intervention. Today Netherland has made a decision and declared it as gambling after trying some popular games mostly from Twitch. The Dutch Gaming Authority Says Four out of ten loot boxes, treasure boxes in games, are prohibited according to the Betting and Gaming Act. There are also indications that loot boxes may trigger addiction. The Gaming Authority has reached this conclusion on the basis of its’ Investigation into lot boxes | A booty or a load. ” That is why the regulator calls the game sector to adjust games before mid-June. Of the ten examined lottery boxes, four are in violation of the law. This is because coincidence … [Read more...] about Netherland Declares Loot Boxes As Gambling And Warns Publishers
The Dutch Gaming Authority has put its foot down on loot boxes. Ten popular games with loot boxes have been investigated in the Netherlands by the country’s gaming commission. According to public news agency NOS, four of the ten have eight weeks to make changes to loot boxes to comply with the Better Gaming Act. Should the companies not comply, the regulating body can impose fines or prohibit the game from being sold in the Netherlands. The governing body said the four games in question featured “elements in them that can also be found in the gambling world.” Each game featured paid loot boxes containing items which could be traded, providing the trader economic value. Trading items provided the player with earning money should a rare item drop from the loot box. As a result, these games violate the rules of chance per the gaming commission (thanks, Stolkie1971). “They are designed as gambling games are designed, with the feeling that you have almost won,” … [Read more...] about Dutch Gaming Authority calls out loot boxes, finds four games in violation of the Better Gaming Act
A research conducted by the Unversity Of Hamburg aimed to find out how does the Loot Boxes actually work in the video games. And according to their finding, there are too many elements of gambling present in the current loot boxes monetization structure. On top of that, the German Youth Protection Commission upon viewing the results of this research are seriously considering to ban Loot Boxes in Germany. If Loot Boxes are deemed a platform for gambling then it will presumably be violating the laws against promotion of gambling to children and adolescents. Keeping this in mind, Youth Protection Commission will be making its decision regarding the Loot Boxes in March. Also, the chairman of the commission Wolfgang Kreißig said that it is not something too difficult to comprehend. To him its pretty simple; if these Boxes violate existing regulations to protect the children and adolescents then the ban will surely be implemented. This is not the first time any country has … [Read more...] about Loot Boxes May Possibly Get Banned In Germany; What It Could Mean for Video Games?
The most important thing to remember about the loot box controversies of 2017 is that game publishers and developers are at a huge advantage when it comes to judging how much any of this noise actually matters. That’s because business is about what people do, not what they say. Player behavior is more important than player speech. An angry comment attached to an account that has spent $80 on loot boxes for a particular game says something, but the $80 speaks much louder than the comment itself. The industry knows much more about this issue than anyone else, because it has the data. We don’t know how many people are buying which games unless the publishers release that information, and conversion rates when it comes to microtransactions are almost never shared. Very few gaming companies cared if you complained publicly, as long as you kept buying or playing. That was the case, at least, before Star Wars Battlefront 2. Everything has changed Star Wars Battlefront 2 feels … [Read more...] about Loot boxes are the video game issue of the year