Capcom, realizing the world is turning against loot boxes, have declared that they also don’t like them.
Peter Moore continues to insist loot boxes and ultimate team are more like buying a pack of cards than they are anything like gambling.
Electronic Arts have added code to block some jurisdictions from FIFA’s Ultimate Team game mode, in an apparent concession to regulators.
A Dutch court rules that gambling regulator was right in declaring loot boxes in Electronic Arts’ FIFA game to be illegal games of chance.
A California court may be asked to decide if loot boxes are gambling, as Electronic Arts faces a huge class action lawsuit.
Loot boxes could be dangerous for kids and deceptive for all consumers, but regulating them would go a step beyond what a mixed group of panelists could agree to.
A recent report published by a European Union research agency recommends cracking down on loot boxes in video games.
The UK government issues a call for evidence into “the impact of [videogame] loot boxes on in-game spending and gambling-like behavior.”
Another country has come around to seeing loot boxes as a form of underage gambling, with Australia taking action.
If the Royal Society for Public Health gets its way, Boris Johnson’s new government will put regulations on loot boxes similar to gambling.