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Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP | USA | 20 Aug 2020

Loot Box Update

A flurry of news has recently hit the loot box industry. Not only has the FTC finally issued its staff report summarizing the issues addressed at its…
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Keller and Heckman LLP | USA | 20 Aug 2020

FTC Staff Perspective Paper Offers Key Takeaways on Loot Box Workshop

More than 160 million Americans play video games. Originally designed as single-use purchases for consoles or computers, video games are now…
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Baker & Hostetler LLP | USA | 9 Apr 2019

What’s In the Box? FTC Solicits Public Comments Regarding Video Game Loot Boxes Amidst Uncertainty

Imagine you are playing golf, badly, and at the fourth hole a caddy appears out of nowhere with a large box and an offer…
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Reed Smith LLP | USA | 7 Feb 2019

Bill imposing new excise tax on video games with “mature” or “adults-only” ratings introduced in Pennsylvania Legislature

On January 28, 2019, a bill was introduced in the Pennsylvania General Assembly that would create a new excise tax on sales of video games with the…
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William Fry | Ireland, USA | 13 Nov 2018

Gimme the Loot: Will Purchases in Video Games be Exempt from Gambling Law Overhaul?

With a number of jurisdictions increasing regulatory scrutiny of in-game purchases, the Irish Department of Justice has indicated that the planned…
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Keller and Heckman LLP | USA | 17 Aug 2018

FTC Approves ESRB’s Updated COPPA Safe Harbor Program

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) approved modifications to the video game industry’s Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) program…
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Baker McKenzie | USA | 30 Apr 2018

USA: New Loot Box Bill Introduced ...Again

The worldwide loot box controversy continues. After the Dutch and Belgian Gambling Authorities announced enforcement action on loot boxes this week…
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Ryley Carlock & Applewhite | Belgium, European Union, Netherlands | 27 Apr 2018

Learn from the Orcs: Lessons that Cryptocurrency Should Take from the Recent European Rulings that Video Game Lootboxes Can Constitute Illegal Gambling

The biggest Star Wars story at the end of 2017 was the release of The Last Jedi in theatres. But another Star Wars story from that timeframe may have…
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Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP | South Korea, USA | 9 Apr 2018

Korean FTC Issues Fines Over Loot Box Advertising

According to a recent news article, the Korean FTC fined three game games for allegedly not making clear disclosures regarding the odds associated…
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Cummings Law Ltd | European Union | 2 Dec 2016

ESRB publishes macroprudential report

The European Systemic Risk Board has published a report on macroprudential policy issues arising from low interest rates and structural changes in the…
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