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May 24, 2019

[Update: Filed with bipartisan support] Politicians finally realize loot boxes are thinly veiled gambling, introduce bill to combat

Update 1: 2019/05/24 6:55am PDT

Senator Hawley’s ‘Abusive Games Act’ filed with bipartisan support

U.S. senator Josh Hawley has announced the outline for a bill that could apply new consumer protections to video games played by minors. Specifically, it targets games played by those younger than eighteen years of age and aims to prohibit several forms of abusive monetization practices, such as loot boxes and pay-to-win elements. The goal is to have the Federal Trade Commission enforce the bill’s proposed rules by treating the distribution of any offending games as unfair [...]

 
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May 21, 2019

U.S. Senator Says His Anti-Loot Box Bill Has The Video Game Industry Worried

Is Republican senator Josh Hawley an advocate for video game players or an ambitious politician with a savvy staff who know a win-win argument when they see one? The freshman senator from Missouri, who plans to soon introduce a bill that will ban loot boxes and pay-to-win microtransactions, spoke to Kotaku yesterday…

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May 8, 2019

Politicians finally realize loot boxes are thinly veiled gambling, introduce bill to combat

U.S. senator Josh Hawley has announced the outline for a bill that could apply new consumer protections to video games played by minors. Specifically, it targets games played by those younger than eighteen years of age and aims to prohibit several forms of abusive monetization practices, such as loot boxes and pay-to-win elements. The goal is to have the Federal Trade Commission enforce the bill’s proposed rules by treating the distribution of any offending games as unfair trade practices.

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Politicians finally realize loot boxes are thinly veiled gambling, introduce bill to combat was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

 
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April 24, 2019

Finding The Metagame In Atlantic City

While visiting Atlantic City’s greige boardwalk last Sunday, I set foot in my very first casino, a come-as-you-are joint called Bally’s with years’ worth of cigarette smoke ground into its red carpet. It was Easter—not a great day to commune with sin—but a day off nonetheless. Passing the ringing slot machines, I sat…

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