Valve and EA Found Flouting South Korea Loot Box Rules
The Video Game Self-Governance Organization of Korea (GSOK) has released a new report which reveals that 15 of the top 100 video games in the country do not reveal loot box odds, with 3 of the video games being from American business.
Niko Partners Senior Expert Daniel Ahmad has actually detailed a recent proposal from Korean lawmakers who are proposing modifications to the country’s Telecom Organization Act. In said proposition, the business is aiming to challenge the Google and Apple duopoly on app stores by effectively ending store-exclusive games. As an addendum to this report, he likewise detailed a recent report that reveals how loot box odds are divulged in Korea.
Out of the leading 100 video games in Korea, 85 of them do correctly disclose their loot box odds. Out of the 15 games that do not properly divulge the chances, 9 are from China and three are from the United States.
The 3 American video games in concern are Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, DOTA 2, and Apex Legends according to Daniel Ahmad. Oddly, Dota 2 is among the Western video games that divulged its loot box odds in the United States; it’s not yet known why the details on DOTA 2 loot boxes are divulged in the United States but are apparently not in Korea. The other 12 video games were not mentioned by name by Ahmad.
As for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Peak Legends, neither game has actually openly disclosed its loot box chances to date as far as I can inform, although some gamers have actually found out the analytical chances using mathematics as displayed in this analysis of Pinnacle Legends loot box chances.
Korea takes the problem of loot box odds seriously; previously, the country’s Fair Trade Commission fined Nexon, Netmarble, and NextFloor nearly a million dollars for supposed deceptiveness surrounding loot boxes. Thinking about these regulatory moves, these business might soon face charges in Korea for failing to correctly reveal the odds for different products in loot boxes.
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