Loot boxes in games are gambling and should be banned for kids, say UK MPs

UK MPs have called for the government to regulate the games industry’s use of loot boxes under current gambling legislation — urging a blanket ban on the sale of loot boxes to players who are children. Kids should instead be able to earn in-game credits to unlock look boxes, MPs have suggested in a recommendation that won’t be music to the games industry’s ears. Loot boxes refer to virtual items in games that can be bought with real-world money and do not reveal their contents in advance. The MPs argue the mechanic should be considered games of chance played for money’s worth and regulated by the UK Gambling Act. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s (DCMS) parliamentary committee …

Womens World Cup ticket fiasco shows Fifas capacity for chaos

Organisers reaction when it emerged some tickets booked together are not next to one another left a lot to be desired Following the still simmering fury over League final and its corporate-heavy ticket policy for both its showpiece mens competitions, Fifa has given us an outstanding proverbial hold my beer moment. Just 18 days before hosts France open the Womens World Cup against South Korea at Parc des Princes a number of fans have found that are not next to one another. Families and friends heading to the tournament face being split up. Its hard to understand how this happened. Fifa has been taking payments for tickets since the first packages were made available in October. It has raked in …