Apple is Forcing Game Apps to Reveal Loot Box Odds

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Are loot boxes fair? Soon, we’ll know for sure because Apple is making gaming apps that have loot boxes reveal what the odds of them dropping a prize are. Kim breaks it down.

““Apps offering ‘loot boxes’ or other mechanisms that provide randomized virtual items for purchase must disclose the odds of receiving each type of item to customers prior to purchase,” reads the new rule, which will affect the most popular games on iOS, including Hearthstone, The Simpsons Tapped Out, and Clash Royale.”*

*You can read more here: https://kotaku.com/apple-says-itunes-apps-must-now-disclose-odds-for-loot-1821497923

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15 comments

  1. On the one hand, it’s about time. On the other hand, I’m not sure anyone got this mad about Trading Card Game Booster Packs in the last twenty or thirty years, let alone Baseball cards if we go back a century or so.

    But, I’m genuinely torn. Some games have grown into excellent and mostly fair Free-To-Play experiences like WarFrame, which is a solid competitor to what is at least an initially discrete purchase in Destiny (2), though that’s one exception that proves the teeming rule.

    So, I’ve been real happy with the relative absence of IAP in my life after returning to Nintendo from a decade of PC gaming (RIP Ideapad), but I just hope that they get their networking together so some kind of MMO Action RPG can grace the Switch, since I don’t see myself getting an X.B.O.X. or PS4P just for Anthem and Biomutant in 2018…maybe 2019, though.

  2. Heroes of the Storm has loot boxes. But they also just straight up give you content for free. And you can just buy heroes with $. Overwatch loot boxes offer only cosmetic differences.

    Love my Blizzard ganes

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