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Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft crack down on loot boxes – what it means for you

Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony will require video game publishers to disclose drop rates for all games that include loot boxes in order to be released on the big three's consoles. A loot box (or loot crate) is an in-game feature that sees players spending real money to open an item with further randomized items inside. This would suggest that current games on these platforms, which include loot boxes, will not be required to disclose loot box drop rates. A similar attempt to curb loot boxes in Chi

By | 2019-08-12T23:31:23+00:00 August 12th, 2019|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Amazon Opens Pre-Orders For Assassination Classroom Manga Complete Box Set

Amazon has put up a listing for the Assassination Classroom Manga Complete Box Set, revealing a release date. According to the product page, the bundle (which comes with all 21 volumes of the series) is coming out on Sept. 3, 2019, in the U.S. region. If you are interested, you can pre-order the manga box set via this link from the online retailer; moreover, you can also take a look at the packaging design located just below this paragraph. You can also check out Amazon’s product description for

By | 2019-08-10T14:26:17+00:00 August 10th, 2019|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Epic pledges loot box transparency across all of its games

Starting next year, Microsoft, EA, Ubisoft and others have agreed to start sharing loot box odds. Since then, other ESA members have committed to transparency, including Epic Games. This week, Epic and Psyonix announced that Rocket League will follow suit. This will continue, Epic told GamesIndustry.biz, and the transparency will extend to all of its future games. Going forward, we're committed to the same transparency for player purchases in all Epic Games titles."

By | 2019-08-09T19:55:36+00:00 August 9th, 2019|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Rocket League ditches loot boxes as the industry makes a push for transparency

As Psyonix recently announced , later this year Rocket League will remove all random loot boxes and replace them with "a system that shows the exact items you're buying in advance." As the studio noted, "this is similar to changes implemented earlier this year by the Fortnite Save the World team." I suspect Rocket League will still have loot boxes, their contents just won't be hidden anymore. As GamesIndustry reports, Rocket League's change of heart comes at a pivotal moment for loot boxes in ge

By | 2019-08-07T19:46:05+00:00 August 7th, 2019|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Game Publishers Offered Better Loot Box Odds to Sponsored Streamers

Share Tweet Email Copy Link CopiedDuring the Federal Trade Commissions panel about video game loot boxes, a streamer management agent revealed that one publisher offered to boost loot box odds for sponsored streamers. The panel was followed by the announcement that Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo would make video game publishers reveal loot box odds. Video game publishers had been heavily criticized for putting loot boxes in games as some say that they constitute gambling. advertisingSome gamers h

By | 2019-08-07T18:08:02+00:00 August 7th, 2019|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Loot Box Odds Disclosure to be Required on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, and Xbox

The policy will apply to all future new games and game updates released on the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. advertisingInternational criticism of loot boxes has grown significantly in recent years as critics compare them to real-life gambling. Countries including Belgium and the Netherlands have banned loot boxes outright. Today's announcement marks a significant move forward on the issue for the broader video game industry. advertisingMORE: Video Game Loot Boxes May Encourage G

By | 2019-08-07T10:08:46+00:00 August 7th, 2019|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

FTC panel reveals troubling relationship between streamers and loot box creators

“Based on your expertise,” Frassetto asked, “do video games [publishers] pay these content creators to open loot boxes? Do they pay for the loot boxes? “That’s only been one time.”Opening loot boxes live online is a popular pastime for some content creators. Dariani said that publishers in the esports space were more likely to ask his talent to open loot boxes. “Content creators very often open the loot boxes because audiences really enjoy that,” Dariani said.

By | 2019-08-06T17:00:00+00:00 August 6th, 2019|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony to require loot box odds disclosure

All three major console manufacturers — Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony — have agreed to require games with paid loot boxes to include the chances of winning randomized in-game items from them, the Entertainment Software Association announced Wednesday. Michael Warnecke, the ESA’s chief counsel of tech policy, made the announcement during a workshop on loot boxes hosted by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. “I’m pleased to announce this morning that Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony have indicated to

By | 2019-08-06T17:00:00+00:00 August 6th, 2019|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Box art revealed for Spirit Hunter: NG

Share This:Amazon has put up listings for the physical version of Spirit Hunter: NG on consoles, revealing the box art. If you are interested, the horror visual novel is available for pre-order with the following links from the online retailer: Nintendo Switch Version and PlayStation 4 Version; furthermore, you can find the box art with the image placed just below this paragraph. Spirit Hunter: NG is expected to come out in October for the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 platforms in the U.S.

By | 2019-08-05T01:04:14+00:00 August 5th, 2019|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Amazon’s fast fashion subscription box is terrible news for the environment

Personal Shopper by Prime Wardrobe is a new Amazon subscription service that will deliver you a package of curated clothing and accessories every month for $4.99. With up to eight new garments arriving at your door each month, that's 96 new items of clothing every year. Market research company Mintel has found that 39% of people in the UK use Amazon Prime (26% have their own subscription, and the remainder share someone else's). Fast fashion (and eight items a month is pretty speedy) is a major

By | 2019-08-01T20:08:42+00:00 August 1st, 2019|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments
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