EA Under Investigation by State of Hawaii for 'Predatory Practices'

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Hawaii is investigating publisher EA, for what it calls “predatory practices.” The American state will be investigating legislation to ban children from playing games like Star Wars Battlefront II, and potentially at a larger national scale.

"This game is a Star Wars-themed online casino," said Hawaii’s democratic state representative Chris Lee. "It's a trap."

This news follows in the wake of Belgium’s investigation of Overwatch and Star Wars Battlefront II. The country found lootboxes to be a form of gambling, and is hoping to have them banned throughout all of Europe.

Source: Game Informer



 

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Comments Comments (21)

 
Posted by 163Battery
On Wednesday 22 Nov 2017 2:38 PM
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Hahahahaha! Did he actually say 'it's a trap'? I hope he did. Good job EA.
 
 
 
Posted by AdamC
On Wednesday 22 Nov 2017 3:18 PM
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It’s going to be interesting news week or two
 
 
 
Posted by Outlaw213
On Wednesday 22 Nov 2017 3:28 PM
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It's about damn time, I hope these other publishers are watching too, cause this issue isn't exclusive to EA.
 
 
 
Posted by guido
On Wednesday 22 Nov 2017 3:46 PM
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Oh boy, it's happening!! How long till they realise (they MUST know) just how much this type of gambling is aimed directly at kids from a super young age and not just in video games but IRL? Blind bagging / loot chesting Pokémon cards, Lego Minifigs etc etc are pretty egregious (basically every IP can be bought in blind bag form) but lucky dips at the fair, Kinder Surprises! It's everywhere!
 
 
 
Posted by Ryzlin
On Wednesday 22 Nov 2017 4:11 PM
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I'm laughing my ass off right now. I hope we're watching the nature of gaming changing for good. If the US gets in on this the micro transactions are dead. Let's see how much money big gaming companies will throw at the government to make it go away.
 
 
 
Posted by emetic
On Wednesday 22 Nov 2017 4:38 PM
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Microtransactions won't be going anywhere, they'll just be in a slightly different format to stay borderline within the laws. Gaming is business.
 
 
 
Posted by AdamC
On Wednesday 22 Nov 2017 5:31 PM
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22 November 2017, 04:38 PM Reply to emetic
Microtransactions won't be going anywhere, they'll just be in a slightly different format to stay borderline within the laws. Gaming is business.
Aslong as they are Pay X price for X item, they are not so bad, depending on what it is etc, but Loot boxes, are terrible, because you could want a specific thing, but spend $100-1000 and still not get what you want. That is what the Publishers want to happen, they want you to spend that much trying to get what you want.
 
 
 
Posted by ironfist92
On Wednesday 22 Nov 2017 6:43 PM
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What would be very interesting is if Disney decides to pull all Star Wars content from EA. That'll teach em.
 
 
 
Posted by kniteowl
On Wednesday 22 Nov 2017 6:50 PM
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*munches on more popcorn*

This story just gets bigger and bigger... sounds like someone at EAs marketing department is going to lose their job for drawing attention to it in the first place...
 
 
 
Posted by AdamC
On Wednesday 22 Nov 2017 7:25 PM
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22 November 2017, 06:50 PM Reply to kniteowl
*munches on more popcorn*

This story just gets bigger and bigger... sounds like someone at EAs marketing department is going to lose their job for drawing attention to it in the first place...
I dont think Marketing drew attention to it, marketing tried to sweep it under the rug again.
 
 
 
Posted by ChieftaiNZ
On Wednesday 22 Nov 2017 8:55 PM
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22 November 2017, 07:25 PM Reply to AdamC
I dont think Marketing drew attention to it, marketing tried to sweep it under the rug again.
I think their weak PR response which became the most downvoted post on reddit is really what sparked it.
 
 
 
Posted by Kyimo
On Wednesday 22 Nov 2017 9:25 PM
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22 November 2017, 04:11 PM Reply to Ryzlin
I'm laughing my ass off right now. I hope we're watching the nature of gaming changing for good. If the US gets in on this the micro transactions are dead. Let's see how much money big gaming companies will throw at the government to make it go away.
or do all the other publisher's just turn on EA and sue for loss of a revenue source?

i would HATE to be any part of EA right now lol
 
 
 
Posted by SpawnSeekSlay
On Wednesday 22 Nov 2017 10:11 PM
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This just gets funnier and funnier to watch EA getting punked all over the place!
 
 
 
Posted by ByrdmanNZ
On Wednesday 22 Nov 2017 10:56 PM
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22 November 2017, 02:38 PM Reply to 163Battery
Hahahahaha! Did he actually say 'it's a trap'? I hope he did. Good job EA.
haha made me a have a good laugh to:P
 
 
 
Posted by Vicx
On Wednesday 22 Nov 2017 11:31 PM
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So glad it's being called for what it is. In Black Ops 3 you could only buy new weapons with lootboxes only so you HAD to gamble to buy DLC guns and they were very overpowered so there was real incentive to gamble.
 
 
 
Posted by dsinnz
On Thursday 23 Nov 2017 8:11 AM
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wow this is getting crazy
 
 
 
Posted by Blackfox
On Thursday 23 Nov 2017 9:29 AM
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wonder how EA are going to defend this accusation? good riddance of such horrid practices
 
 
 
Posted by kniteowl
On Thursday 23 Nov 2017 9:39 AM
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22 November 2017, 08:55 PM Reply to ChieftaiNZ
I think their weak PR response which became the most downvoted post on reddit is really what sparked it.
Yeah thats what I meant... The marketing guys who tried to spin it just made it worse...
 
 
 
Posted by trun39
On Thursday 23 Nov 2017 7:35 PM
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22 November 2017, 03:46 PM Reply to guido
Oh boy, it's happening!! How long till they realise (they MUST know) just how much this type of gambling is aimed directly at kids from a super young age and not just in video games but IRL? Blind bagging / loot chesting Pokémon cards, Lego Minifigs etc etc are pretty egregious (basically every IP can be bought in blind bag form) but lucky dips at the fair, Kinder Surprises! It's everywhere!
"Won't someone please think about the children!"
 
 
 
Posted by jamesjiao
On Friday 24 Nov 2017 12:33 PM
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Despite how they maltreat consumers, apparently it's a pretty good place to work.
 
 
 
Posted by xBOOZEMONEYx
On Friday 24 Nov 2017 2:59 PM
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I believe that loot boxes in general should be banned. They are definitely gambling. Especially the ones that give you a edge in multiplayer games. This would be hard to get a ruling on if it was only cosmetic items.