This past week the Dutch gaming commission, Kansspelautoriteit, ruled that loot box mechanisms from four games identified out of ten selected for a study violated local laws and offered up the chance to gamble and play games of chance to young children and teens, something which is illegal in the Netherlands. Kansspelautoriteit at the time said that they have given the publishers and developers of these games until 20 June 2018 to fix the issue and remove the crates from their titles entirely, or otherwise neuter the system’s flaws that allow goods to be traded for money.
Weeks before Kansspelautoriteit took up the challenge of this study, the Belgian Gaming Commission announced that they were going to look into the issue as well, spurred on by complaints from gamers who were not happy with EA’ decision (at the time) to heavily weight the Star Wars Battlefront 2 multiplayer around the purchase of loot boxes to earn Star Cards. Their report has just been released, and it’s a second strike against the growing trend to throw loot boxes into popular games.
Félix “xQc” Lengyel, one of the most renowned players in the Overwatch League, has had his Dallas Fuel pro contract cut short due to offensive behaviour. This comes not even two months after Lengyel was suspended for homophobic insults made regarding an openly gay opponent, Austin “Muma” Wilmot. Looks to me like the guy can’t keep himself from being a miserable little punk.
A free holiday that’s mostly about capturing flags, so not actually much of a holiday, and okay, it’s not a holiday, it’s a new map, and I dunno what exactly it’s got to do with dogs, and what even is real anymore.
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