United States Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) will be introducing a loot box ban bill in the near future. The Senator has become well-known for criticizing tech companies like Google and Facebook and he has often accused them of anti-conservative bias. Now, the Missouri senator is setting his sites on a different kind of technology: loot boxes and microtransactions.Kotaku reports that Senator Hawley is planning to introduce “The Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act” to the United States Senate. Press materials announcing the bill highlighted Candy Crush as one of the more egregious examples of microtransactions that will be tackled by the loot box ban bill; one of the game’s bundles clocks in at $150 for a boatload of in-game items. A press release from Senator Hawley regarding the loot box ban bill highlights the areas he’d specifically like to target: The most abusive such practices are: • Pay to win: Pay-to-win games take two forms. … [Read more...] about Loot Box Ban Bill To Be Introduced By U.S. Senator Josh Hawley
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After a slew of negative press over the past few years, loot boxes are not very well liked at the moment. The Belgian Gaming Commission recommended prosecution for some game companies over the loot box controversy, and around the world different authorities condemned the in-game practice as harmful and damaging. Earlier this month we even reported that Open Critic would start to flag every game which contained loot box mechanics.It seems like the controversy will be getting pretty close to home this year as the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) will be holding a public workshop on loot boxes later this year.The original information came from letters sent between the chairman of the FTC Joseph Simons to Senator Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, in which Simons refuses to comment on any ongoing legal investigation that the FTC may be doing into loot boxes. He went on to say that they plan to use a public workshop as a ‘non-law enforcement option’:“We are currently planning a … [Read more...] about Federal Trade Commission To Host Public ‘Loot Box’ Workshop
Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzmán was found guilty on Tuesday of crimes spanning more than a quarter of a century, during which prosecutors said he smuggled more than 200 tons of cocaine into the U.S.After a nearly three-monthlong trial and six days of deliberations, a New York jury found the alleged Sinaloa cartel leader guilty of all counts he was tried on.Guzmán, 61, now faces life in prison.More than 56 prosecution witnesses were called to the stand at the heavily-secured federal courthouse in Brooklyn over the course of 35 days.The seven women and five men of the jury listened to movie-esque tales of brutal murders of cartel enemies, political payoffs, elaborate schemes to traffic drugs, two brazen escapes that almost became three and even a love triangle. 35 PHOTOS Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman See Gallery Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman Mexico's top drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted as he arrives at Long Island MacArthur airport in New York, … [Read more...] about Drug kingpin Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán found guilty of funneling tons of narcotics into the U.S.
When it comes to innovations. Nintendo is one of the first names to pop into mind in the gaming industry. With great reputation though comes problems and Nintendo is facing another one right now. The International Trade Commission has filed an investigation into Nintendo Switch over patent infringement. The official USITC statement indicates that a ” certain portable gaming console systems with attachable handheld controllers” aka the Nintendo Switch will be going into an investigation after a suit filed by GameVice, a California-based company that made an attachable controller accessory for tablets and other mobile devices. The official statement reads: “The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain portable gaming console systems with attachable handheld controllers and components thereof. The products at issue in the investigation are controller systems with parts that attach to … [Read more...] about Nintendo Switch Under Investigation Over Patent Violation By The International Trade Commission
U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan has called on the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to protect consumers, and children in particular, by taking a more in-depth look at loot box practices in video games. Hassan outlined her concerns during a recent Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee hearing, revealing she's already written to the ESRB asking the organization to do more to protect kids and inform parents about the potential dangers of loot boxes. During the hearing, Hassan also asked three FTC commissioner nominees whether they'd be willing to look at loot boxes as an independent issue if they are elected. All three answered with a resounding 'yes,' and agreed that loot boxes -- which ask players to spend real-world or in-game currency on a randomized reward -- create problems that warrant genuine concern. "In the past, the FTC has looked at video games, issuing a report on the … [Read more...] about U.S. Senator calls on ESRB and FTC to review loot box practices