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Players of ‘CS:GO’ in Netherlands and Belgium Can’t Open Loot Boxes

“Counter-Strike: Global Offensive” (“CS:GO”) players in two countries can no longer open loot boxes after installing a new update from Valve, according to the publisher and developer’s update release notes. Under the miscellaneous section of Wednesday’s update release notes is a statement that “customers in Netherlands and Belgium will be restricted from opening containers.” Containers, in […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyJul 12th, 2018

ESRB Defends Loot Boxes to US Senator, Launches New Label, Education Effort - RollingStone.com

RollingStone.comESRB Defends Loot Boxes to US Senator, Launches New Label, Education EffortRollingStone.comVideo games will soon list on boxes and in online descriptions if they include in-game purchases, the Entertainment Software Ratings Board announced today. That information will not, however, differentiate what sort of purchases - such as loot boxes ...ESRB introducing 'in-game purchases' label in response to loot box controversyPolygonESRB addresses loot box controversy with 'in-game purchases' labelEngadgetThe ESRB's New “In-Game Purchases” Label for Video Games is a Half-MeasureGeekCinema Blend -Mashable -HD Report -Digital Trendsall 98 news articles ».....»»

Category: topSource: googlenewsFeb 28th, 2018

Some Video Game Publishers Could Face Legal Action Over Loot Boxes in Netherlands

Four out of ten loot boxes found in video games recently studied by the Netherlands’ Gaming Authority violated the country’s Betting and Gaming Act, the organization revealed Thursday. It’s now giving game publishers until June 20 to comply with the law or they could face “enforcement action.” Loot boxes are digital treasure chests players can […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyApr 19th, 2018

Hawaii Wants To Fight The 'Predatory Behavior' Of Loot Boxes - Kotaku

KotakuHawaii Wants To Fight The 'Predatory Behavior' Of Loot BoxesKotakuHere's Rep. Chris Lee (D) from Hawaii standing in front of a camera and making an announcement about steps being taken to combat the “predatory behavior” of video game publishers, with particular emphasis given to Electronic Arts and its inclusion of ...Battlefront 2 loot crates draw lawmakers' attention in US, Belgium (update)PolygonFrom Belgium To Hawaii, Potential 'Battlefront 2' Loot Box Legislation Would Be ComplicatedForbesStar Wars Battlefront 2's Loot Box Controversy ExplainedGameSpotIGN -CNBC -PC Gamer -RollingStone.comall 288 news articles ».....»»

Category: topSource: googlenewsNov 23rd, 2017

From Belgium To Hawaii, Potential 'Battlefront 2' Loot Box Legislation Would Be Complicated - Forbes

ForbesFrom Belgium To Hawaii, Potential 'Battlefront 2' Loot Box Legislation Would Be ComplicatedForbesNews and opinion about video games, technology and the internet Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. EA. Battlefront 2. I have lived through a lot of “yell a lot about video games” controversies in my time, but I have truly never ...Battlefront 2 loot crates draw lawmakers' attention in US, Belgium (update)PolygonHawaii Wants To Fight The 'Predatory Behavior' Of Loot BoxesKotakuStar Wars Battlefront 2's Loot Box Controversy ExplainedGameSpotCNBC -IGN -PC Gamer -RollingStone.comall 291 news articles ».....»»

Category: topSource: googlenewsNov 23rd, 2017

Loot Boxes and Microtransactions May Be Bad, But Government Involvement Would Be Worse - PlayStation LifeStyle

PlayStation LifeStyleLoot Boxes and Microtransactions May Be Bad, But Government Involvement Would Be WorsePlayStation LifeStyleAs the controversy surrounding loot boxes in games heats up, with everyone from Hawaii to Belgium weighing on on whether or not they should be classified as gambling, there are some clear sticking points that make this battle a more complicated one ...EA explains why Battlefront 2 didn't focus on cosmetics in loot boxesPolygonFirst Look: Star Wars Battlefront 2 New Map Gameplay Video From The Last Jedi SeasonComicbook.comFinn Is Coming To Star Wars Battlefront II And John Boyega Is ExcitedCinema BlendGamasutra -GameZone -Screen Rant -St. George Daily Spectrumall 81 news articles ».....»»

Category: topSource: googlenewsNov 29th, 2017

Belgian Gaming Commission Details What Loot Boxes It Considers Gambling

With the recent release of the Belgian Gaming Commission’s (BGC) research on video game loot boxes comes the clear definition of what is considered gambling and what’s fair game under Belgium law. Top offenders accused of violating these standards (EA, Valve, Activision Blizzard) may soon face criminal prosecution. Loot boxes are just one of many […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyMay 10th, 2018

ESRB addresses loot box controversy with 'in-game purchases' label - Engadget

EngadgetESRB addresses loot box controversy with 'in-game purchases' labelEngadgetThe controversy over loot boxes in games like Star Wars: Battlefront II, Need for Speed: Payback and Destiny 2 hasn't settled and state legislators in the US and governments abroad are considering legislation that would limit their use or straight up ...ESRB introducing 'in-game purchases' label in response to loot box controversyPolygonThe ESRB's New “In-Game Purchases” Label for Video Games is a Half-MeasureGeekThe ESRB Has Made A Decision On Loot BoxesCinema BlendHD Report -Mashable -PlayStation LifeStyle -ESRB Ratingsall 94 news articles ».....»»

Category: topSource: googlenewsFeb 28th, 2018

Hawaii Wants To Fight The "Predatory Behavior" Of Loot Boxes - Kotaku

KotakuHawaii Wants To Fight The "Predatory Behavior" Of Loot BoxesKotakuHere's Rep. Chris Lee (D) from Hawaii standing in front of a camera and making an announcement about steps being taken to combat the “predatory behavior” of video game publishers, with particular emphasis given to Electronic Arts and its inclusion of ...Battlefront 2 loot crates draw lawmakers' attention in US, BelgiumPolygonState legislators call EA's game a 'Star Wars-themed online casino' preying on kids, vow actionCNBCUS State Senator Calls Star Wars Battlefront 2's Loot Boxes "Predatory"GameSpotTwinfinite -Paste Magazine -PC Gamer -Tom's Guideall 194 news articles ».....»»

Category: topSource: googlenewsNov 22nd, 2017

FIFA 18 Players Have Organized An In-Game Boycott - Cinema Blend

Cinema BlendFIFA 18 Players Have Organized An In-Game BoycottCinema BlendWhile Star Wars: Battlefront II is earning the vast majority of headlines pertaining to questionable practices with in-game loot boxes, it is by no means the first game to push the boundaries of what is considered fair or reasonable. Things have ...Video Game Loot Boxes Are Not Gambling, Rules UKTwinfiniteUK Gambling Commission Releases Official Statement Explaining Its Stance on Loot BoxesPlayStation LifeStyleWhy 'Star Wars Battlefront II' Is Creating Such A Big Debate In The Gaming WorldNew Hampshire Public RadioGamereactor UK -Comicbook.com -PartTimePoker News -Wccftechall 46 news articles ».....»»

Category: topSource: googlenewsNov 25th, 2017

Donald Trump VS The NFL — Everything You Need To Know!

What could the President of the United States of America possibly have to gain by fighting with the NFL?? Well, when you're talking about Donald Trump, there actually are a couple good reasons. (And by "good" we mean horrific.) Let's rewind. Related: Like John Oliver Did Last Night For Megyn Kelly — OUCH! On Friday night, Trump was holding [...] What could the President of the United States of America possibly have to gain by fighting with the NFL?? Well, when you're talking about Donald Trump, there actually are a couple good reasons. (And by "good" we mean horrific.) Let's rewind. Related: Like John Oliver Did Last Night For Megyn Kelly -- OUCH! On Friday night, Trump was holding a rally in Alabama -- yes, our sitting president who has been in office less than a year regularly holds campaign-style rallies to inflate his ego -- in which he made some inflammatory remarks about protesting football players. In short, he said NFL owners should fire the players who kneel during the National Anthem. And he said it in the crudest way: "Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He's fired. He's fired!'" Yep. Our president used an expletive in a public speech attacking private citizens who are peacefully protesting. Though he didn't mention Colin Kaepernick by name, he is at the vanguard of this controversy. So his mom responded to the "son of a bitch" comment with an AMAZING quip: Guess that makes me a proud bitch! — Teresa Kaepernick (@B4IleaveU) September 23, 2017 It should be noted in that same speech he also rattled off the opinion that penalties for hitting too hard, installed to protect players from concussions, are "ruining the game." Shortly after this, Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry was so offended by this (and presumably everything that came before) he decided not to attend the traditional visit by the NBA champs to the White House. In response, Trump officially, publicly disinvited him. CLICK HERE FOR MORE! Guy. Everyone knows you can't un-invite someone after they said they weren't coming! It turns you from a loser into an ANGRY loser. Even middle school student body presidents wouldn't make that mistake. Damn. Or as LeBron James put it: U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain't going! So therefore ain't no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up! — LeBron James (@KingJames) September 23, 2017 Ha! But Trump had moved on from a feud with a specific player. He decided he wanted to take on the entire NFL. On Saturday, Drumpf doubled down: If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL,or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect.... — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017 ...our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem. If not, YOU'RE FIRED. Find something else to do! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017 If you haven't seen it, longtime sports journalist Bob Costas gave an epic response to this argument, pointing out that peaceful protest and dissent are some of the most patriotic things you can do in a free country. CLICK HERE FOR MORE After NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Trump's comments showed an "unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players," Trump responded: Roger Goodell of NFL just put out a statement trying to justify the total disrespect certain players show to our country.Tell them to stand! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017 On Sunday, he actually encouraged his followers to boycott watching the games: If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast. Fire or suspend! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2017 This is clearly on very shaky ground ethically -- the POTUS directing people to boycott a private American business -- and he's already had a complaint filed against him with the Office of Government Ethics. Oh, and if you're like us and know to look for the tweet from Barack Obama's presidency that proves Trump is being a total hypocrite about this, look no further: President should not be telling the Washington Redskins to change their name-our country has far bigger problems! FOCUS on them,not nonsense — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 8, 2013 Every time. So on Sunday when it came time for football players to stand for the National Anthem, all eyes were on their reactions, which... varied. At latest count more than 200 players league-wide didn't stand for the anthem. Trump's friend Tom Brady doesn't have his back. The Pittsburg Steelers didn't show up on the field at all! CLICK HERE FOR MORE Trump was so unhappy about all this he may even have snuck a lewd gesture onto live TV. You can decide that one for yourself. Trump was undeterred. Obviously. But on Monday morning, he did tweet a clarification, as once again he didn't like being called out as a racist: The issue of kneeling has nothing to do with race. It is about respect for our Country, Flag and National Anthem. NFL must respect this! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 25, 2017 Except it DOES have to do with race. You can't say the intent of these players has nothing to do with race when they're flat-out saying it's about race. It's about injustice along racial lines, specifically when it comes to police brutality. Police keep getting away with killing unarmed black citizens. But the surge in players kneeling this Sunday was in unity AGAINST Trump's awful comments attacking players and their freedom of speech. We know because THAT'S WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT IT! And they aren't alone. Many celebrities have come out in support of the protesting. CLICK HERE FOR MORE So with all of this support on the other side, for the NFL, for freedom of speech, for African Americans looking for justice, why would Trump take the position he's taking? Two reasons: 1. His Base We already know by Trump's inability to condemn the neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, equating the white supremacists with those counter-protesting, that Trump is unwilling to go against his base. Let's be honest here. Trump ran on a platform of hate. He painted Mexicans as criminals as he threw his hat in the ring. He regularly fans the flames of Islamophobia. His wall, aside from being completely idiotic, is as xenophobic a policy as we've ever heard. The first time he even dipped his toe into the political world was to declare Obama wasn't really an American. So his core supporters, the ones he's courted from the beginning, are racists. And he can't lose them. They're all he has left. Besides the cowardly Republican party that let him hijack them we mean. 2. Ego Trump KNOWS so much of this is about him. He's the one who is embarrassing and demeaning our country, he's the one making us all look bad, he's the one emboldening Nazis. It's 2017, and we have a Nazi problem! Let that soak in. He's making every problem with our country worse. So as the leader of the United States, he takes it as a personal slight when players kneel during its anthem, when they don't stand for the flag. And we know how he reacts to criticism. And he's petty enough to start a war with an organization like the NFL over it. So there you go. [Image via Instagram.].....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonSep 25th, 2017

Look Inside Taylor Swift"s V.I.P. Invite Boxes for "reputation Stadium Tour"

Taylor Swift is getting ready to head out on the road for the reputation Stadium Tour and she just sent out her V.I.P. invite boxes! JustJared.com‘s editor-in-chief Jared Eng was lucky enough to receive one of the boxes and he’s showing off everything that is inside. When you open up the box, there is a [...] Taylor Swift is getting ready to head out on the road for the reputation Stadium Tour and she just sent out her V.I.P. invite boxes! JustJared.com‘s editor-in-chief Jared Eng was lucky enough to receive one of the boxes and he’s showing off everything that is inside. When you open up the box, there is a pop-up of what the tour stage might look like and it’s themed around the reputation album artwork. A video screen built into the box features a message from Taylor herself when a tab is pulled out. “Hey guys, if you’re watching this right now then you got a VIP package for the reputation tour and I’m so excited that you did. I’m so excited you want to come. I am so stoked about it. We’ve been planning some really exciting things!” Taylor says in the message. Some of the other items in the box are a VIP ticket in a glass frame, a lanyard that will light up the night of the show, a reputation Stadium Tour patch, and a reputation CD. The tour kicks off on May 8 in Arizona and Taylor will be touring the globe until November. Make sure to get your tickets now!!!.....»»

Category: topSource: justjaredMar 13th, 2018

Star Wars Battlefront 2's Loot Boxes Aren't Just A Cash Grab, They're A Bad Cash Grab - Forbes

ForbesStar Wars Battlefront 2's Loot Boxes Aren't Just A Cash Grab, They're A Bad Cash GrabForbesI write about video games and technology. Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. Credit: EA. Star Wars Battlefront 2. From one perspective, EA is having a bad week. The company is gearing up to launch Star Wars Battlefront 2, its ...EA Promises More Star Wars: Battlefront 2 Loot Box Changes In Wake Of Fan OutcryGameSpotLoot crates are changing game reviews, and not for the betterPolygonWhy a Star Wars game is making Reddit really madCNETKotaku -TechCrunch -Destructoid -Fortuneall 178 news articles ».....»»

Category: topSource: tmzNov 13th, 2017

'Star Wars' Video Game Microtransactions Ignite Controversy - Variety

Variety'Star Wars' Video Game Microtransactions Ignite ControversyVarietyWith the excitement already building for the year-end release of the latest “Star Wars” film, the new video game “Star Wars: Battlefront II” was poised to capitalize on all the excitement for the vaunted Disney franchise. Unfortunately for Electronic ...Star Wars Battlefront 2's Loot Box Controversy ExplainedGameSpotBattlefront 2 loot crates draw lawmakers' attention in US, Belgium (update)PolygonFrom Belgium To Hawaii, Potential 'Battlefront 2' Loot Box Legislation Would Be ComplicatedForbesKotaku -Mashable -PC Gamer -IGNall 348 news articles ».....»»

Category: topSource: googlenewsNov 24th, 2017

Leonardo DiCaprio Suits Up for Good Money Gala with Rafael Nadal & Girlfriend Xisca Perello!

Leonardo DiCaprio is dapper in a suit while hitting the red carpet at the 2018 Good Money Gala held at the Theater Carre on Thursday (February 15) in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The 43-year-old actor was joined by Rafael Nadal and his girlfriend Xisca Perello at the event celebrating the charitable givings of the Netherlands’ national Postcode [...] Leonardo DiCaprio is dapper in a suit while hitting the red carpet at the 2018 Good Money Gala held at the Theater Carre on Thursday (February 15) in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The 43-year-old actor was joined by Rafael Nadal and his girlfriend Xisca Perello at the event celebrating the charitable givings of the Netherlands’ national Postcode Lottery, the biggest charity lottery in the Netherlands. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Leonardo DiCaprio Leo ended up taking the stage to reflect on how the lottery had helped with his pet cause, climate change. “If we have more innovators like the Postcode Lottery, who provide a lot of money with which we can make a real, tangible difference, then we have a chance that we can turn the tide and protect this beautiful planet,” Leonardo told the crowd (via Daily Mail)......»»

Category: topSource: justjaredFeb 16th, 2018

No Loot Boxes or ‘Pay-for-Power’ Advantages in ‘Anthem’

“Anthem” will not include loot boxes or the ability to pay for a gameplay advantage, publisher EA announced today at their annual EA Play press conference. While the action role-playing title will include options for players to pay for cosmetic and vanity enhancements, the message was clear at the conference that there will be “no […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyJun 9th, 2018

EA Still Believes in Loot Boxes, Will ‘Push Forward’ With Their Use

Despite the decision by some regulatory authorities around the world that “loot boxes” are an illegal form of gambling, Electronic Arts remains committed to the practice, EA CEO Andrew Wilson said during an earnings call this week. “As you might imagine, we’re working with all the industry associations globally and with regulators in various jurisdictions […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyMay 9th, 2018

French Regulator Criticizes Loot Boxes But Says They’re Not Gambling

French organization the Autorité de regulation des jeux en ligne (ARJEL) found that video game loot boxes don’t break the country’s gambling law, according to a 2017-2018 activity report GamesIndustry.biz reports. But, it’s not exactly complimentary toward them either. Gambling is generally prohibited in France unless it’s expressly permitted by the regulator, according to Baker […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyJul 5th, 2018

NFL Caves To Trump, Will Now FINE Teams & DISCIPLINE Players Who Kneel During Anthem!

The NFL has chosen a side — and it's against peaceful protest, free speech, and Black Lives Matter. At the league's spring meeting in Atlanta on Wednesday, commissioner Roger Goodell announced the team owners had approved a new policy against kneeling during the National Anthem. Related: Aaron Hernandez's Fiancée Reveals She's Pregnant The new policy statement released to [...] The NFL has chosen a side -- and it's against peaceful protest, free speech, and Black Lives Matter. At the league's spring meeting in Atlanta on Wednesday, commissioner Roger Goodell announced the team owners had approved a new policy against kneeling during the National Anthem. Related: Aaron Hernandez's Fiancée Reveals She's Pregnant The new policy statement released to the public finds it "unfortunate" that protests "created a false perception among many that thousands of NFL players were unpatriotic." (No, Donald Trump did that by hammering the public with his rhetoric that protest is un-American -- when in fact the opposite is true.) The draconian terms it set sent a very clear message: DO NOT PROTEST ON CAMERA: - all personnel must stand for the anthem or their team will be fined - players can remain in the locker room if they don't wish to stand - personnel who are seen not standing will face "appropriate discipline" You can read the entire policy and its response (below): Statement from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell pic.twitter.com/1Vn7orTo1R — NFL (@NFL) May 23, 2018 The NFL Players Association responded quickly, posting an official statement on Twitter calling the ruling out as an about-face from what they'd been told: pic.twitter.com/3FvuGyy4tA — NFLPA (@NFLPA) May 23, 2018 Others, including Jemele Hill, who infamously got pulled from the air on ESPN after pressure from Trump, had some thoughts on the new ruling: I’m very curious to see how many NFL players will be on the field for the anthem that first NFL weekend. — Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) May 23, 2018 The NFL is 80% black. Imagine if they all sat out a Sunday or two... — Travon Free (@Travon) May 23, 2018 I wonder what happens if the NFL players figure out a way to protest while standing up. pic.twitter.com/tXLZisJ5qO — Neuro Polarbear (@NeuroPolarbear) May 23, 2018 If the NFL is really wanting to address their image problem they should begin with the murders & assaults. Then concussions. And if they still have time, players peacefully kneeling in protest of a system that doesnt think twice about the killing of children & unarmed black men pic.twitter.com/OqkybM0snD — Amelia Gerson (@agerson24) May 23, 2018 The NFL players’ protests have never been about the military or the flag. They’re about police brutality and white supremacy. Failing to protest injustice in America is not patriotic, it’s dangerous. #TakeAKnee — ACLU (@ACLU) May 23, 2018 Banned in the NFL: kneeling during the anthem Not banned in the NFL: players who commit sexual/domestic assault — Max Burns (@themaxburns) May 23, 2018 I’m done with the @NFL. — Karen Attiah (@KarenAttiah) May 23, 2018 Will the @NFL still effectively ban Colin Kaepernick & Eric Reid from the league now that they have banned taking a knee? Or will they allow these men to earn a living back in the league now that they've banned their chosen form of protest? A grave injustice either way. pic.twitter.com/lrlbJrFOkY — Shaun King (@ShaunKing) May 23, 2018.....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonMay 23rd, 2018

Paid Crystal Microtransactions Return to ‘Star Wars Battlefront II’ Next Week

Crystal microtransactions are returning to “Star Wars Battlefront II” on April 18, publisher Electronic Arts announced today. They’re one of the ways fans can unlock cosmetic Appearances in-game and they’re bought with real-life money. EA removed crystals last year following controversy over “Battlefront II’s” microtransaction and loot box systems. Players can buy loot boxes with […].....»»

Category: topSource: varietyApr 13th, 2018

EA reverses course on Star Wars Battlefront II loot box controversy - The Verge

The VergeEA reverses course on Star Wars Battlefront II loot box controversyThe VergeIn an unprecedented last-minute reversal, EA has drastically altered Star Wars Battlefront II's controversial loot box system by temporarily removing the ability to purchase “crystals.” The game was previously designed so that players could spend real ...Star Wars Battlefront 2: How Progression WorksGameSpotThe new 'Star Wars' game temporarily removed the feature that caused a massive backlashBusiness InsiderEA Ditches Microtransactions On Eve of 'Star Wars Battlefront II' ReleaseRollingStone.comVentureBeat -Motherboard -PlayStation LifeStyle -Twinfiniteall 86 news articles ».....»»

Category: topSource: googlenewsNov 16th, 2017