“To speak of a game of chance, the Gaming Commission uses four parameters. If there is a game element, a bet can lead to profit or loss and chance has a role in the game. In the case of FIFA 18, Overwatch and Counter Strike: Global Offensive, the Gaming Commission decides that the system of loot boxes forms a game of chance that is subject to Belgian gaming law. The developer of Star Wars Battlefront II made some adjustments shortly after the launch, so that the system of loot boxes in that game no longer technically forms a game of chance. Although the system of loot boxes in the three other video games can be seen as a game of chance, there is always lack of protection for the players. The fact that it is often minor players is worrying. The hidden character of gambling is extra problematic in the case of children. If this is not properly arranged, games of chance in video games will cause great damage to people, family and society.” … [Read more...] about Belgium orders Overwatch, CSGO, and FIFA 18 to remove lockboxes or face criminal penalties
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Elsewhere, PUBG, and GTA 5 maintain their positions as both are or have online multiplayer experiences that are a guarentee for popularity. PUBG may be taking a hit next week, as BlueHole begins to attack the competition by taking Fortnite to court. How this will play out remains to be seen, but by calling out your competitor, PUBG has just given the spotlight to Fortnite even more. … [Read more...] about Latest UK Game Sale Charts June 2018 Sees FIFA 18 Soar Ahead of World Cup
Other topics included female Dwarves (they might be coming — or might not!), progress on the 64-bit client (“We’re all eager to have a 64-bit client,” Ciccolini said), and a class balance pass on Beornings and Burglars following the Grey Mountains update. Also, a legendary item revamp is on the drawing board, although SSG said that is “harder” to do this without invalidating player effort put into LIs to date. … [Read more...] about Lord of the Rings Online hypes up dragons, 64-bit client, and Minas Morgul
Ultima Online postmortem Finally, if you missed GDC this year, you can get caught up on one of the more interesting MMORPG bits now, as the Ultima Online Classic Game Postmortem panel, starring Raph Koster, Starr Long, Richard Garriott, and Rich Vogel, has been posted online. … [Read more...] about MMO Business Roundup: FIFA lockboxes, anti-swatting policy, Fortnite on SNL, Free Guy, UO postmortem
If players simply want to take on the finest teams in Europe, they can go into the brand new UEFA Champions League mode, or they can infuse themselves into the game day experience by selection the Champions League options in Kick Off mode. Also, to round off The Journey, players take the role of Alex Hunter one last time in pursuit of Champions League glory. … [Read more...] about Does Champions League Integration make FIFA 19 the Best Edition Yet?