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March 19, 2019

Heroes of the Storm is ditching paid loot boxes.

Heroes of the Storm is ditching paid loot boxes. Announced in yesterday’s patch notes for the latest update, starting March 25, players will no longer be able to use Gems, the game’s premium currency, to buy loot chests. Instead, they’ll have to either earn them by playing or spending currency earned in-game.

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March 11, 2019

Modern Warfare Remastered Did Call of Duty Loot Boxes The Right Way

Since Modern Warfare Remastered is free this month on PlayStation Plus, I decided to revisit some classic Call of Duty. This remake of 2007's groundbreaking shooter is reminding me how a Call of Duty game can make a loot box system feel more rewarding and less like a money grab.

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February 22, 2019

FTC plans to examine loot boxes with public workshop later this year

Unlike this ceramic replica, video game loot boxes are not filled with real candy. (credit: ThinkGeek)

In response to a request from Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), the Federal Trade Commission now says it will be convening a “public workshop on loot boxes” later this year.

The FTC said it hopes to attract “consumer advocacy organizations, parent groups, and industry members” to take part in the workshop, according to a letter from FTC Chairman Joseph Simons provided to Hassan. The short note suggests such a gathering could “help elicit information to guide subsequent consumer outreach, which could [...]

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February 22, 2019

Apex Legends Player Spent $500 To Unlock A Rare Item, Says ‘It Wasn’t Worth It’

If you’re lucky, opening a loot box in Apex Legends might get you a set of “heirloom” items. These are ultra rare cosmetic items with a less than one percent chance of dropping, though you’re guaranteed to get one after 500 boxes. One player ended up paying $500 to go through 500 boxes in the hopes of getting the…

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