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ESA opposes potential DMCA rule change aimed at preserving abandoned online games

"Preservation of online video games is now critical,” says Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment

By Haydn Taylor

Hawaii proposes landmark legislation against loot boxes

UPDATE: State representative who previously declared legislation a "slippery slope" affirms support for efforts toward regulating loot boxes; expects more states to follow Hawaii's lead

By Haydn Taylor

South Australian Game Development Fund now open

Production, development, and marketing grants now available as part of state government's AU $2 million investment fund

By Haydn Taylor

Update: Swedish gambling legislation review unlikely to impact loot boxes

Any review of gambling legislation will not necessarily include an investigation into loot boxes, says Swedish Games Industry spokesman

By Haydn Taylor

German Youth Protection Commission investigates loot boxes

It's "conceivable" that loot boxes violate existing regulation, says commission chairman

By Haydn Taylor

Subnautica developer fired over "many hateful statements"

Sound designer Simon Chylinski dropped from underwater survival game after history of insensitive tweets

By James Batchelor

YouTube "tightening and enforcing" policies toward content creators

“We realise we have a serious social responsibility to get these emerging policy issues right," says CEO

By Haydn Taylor

German trade bodies unite to form one organisation

Merger of BIU and GAME gives German industry a single representative association

By Matthew Handrahan

ESRB defends its drug-related guidance after study finds video game depiction unrealistic

32% of drug use cases acted as power-up, while 28% boosted character's health

By Haydn Taylor

Washington state senator introduces bill to determine whether loot boxes are gambling

"If [parents] realised how predatory these game are then they wouldn't want them under their Christmas tree, they wouldn't want them going to their kids," says senator

By Haydn Taylor

To build a future, Italy's games industry must reckon with its past

Cultural prejudice against games remains strong in Italy, but the AESVI and its development community have gained vital ground on the path to acceptance

By Matthew Handrahan

29% of games businesses negatively affected by Brexit, says TIGA

Depreciation of sterling had positive impact on 11% games firms, according to survey

By Haydn Taylor

Brexit's shadow looms over 2018

A lack of recognition of the games industry's needs from government have created concerns over hiring and trade that will continue into next year

By Rob Fahey

Loot boxes aren't gambling, says New Zealand government

Department for Internal Affairs will “continue to follow the international discussion around loot boxes"

By Haydn Taylor

Childline and NSPCC condemn 'unacceptable' Detroit: Become Human

Campaigners concerned by the depiction of violence against children

By Christopher Dring

Star Wars Battlefront loot boxes investigation continues, say Belgian authorities

Hawaii also considers legislation against "Star Wars-themed online casino"

By Haydn Taylor

UK Budget 2017: games fund extended, R&D credits boosted and better maths education

The Chancellor of the Exchequer also confirmed plans to invest 500m in the Tech sector

By James Batchelor

FCC is about to dismantle net neutrality

Gamers who rely on equal access to the internet may no longer have any such guarantee

By James Brightman

UK government pledges 2,000 visas, 61m investment to Tech sector

Number of visas doubled to bring in more talent, with three 20m schemes planned to grow Britain's digital industries

By James Batchelor

Global Britain needs to be truly global

TIGA CEO Richard Wilson stresses the importance of a less restrictive migration policy to the future of the UK games industry

By Richard Wilson

Members vote to end video game voice actors strike

Agreement yields improvements in transparency and payment structure

By Haydn Taylor

UKIE: Shared data the key to more government support

Trade body encourages more games firms to get involved as industry rallies for consideration in Brexit negotiations

By James Batchelor

ESA applauds Republican tax reform proposal

Industry group endorses legislation that would reduce US corporate tax rate to 20%, saying it would spark "greater economic opportunity and innovation"

The untapped potential of games to shape the future

"The popular imagination of games hasn't quite caught up to the reality," says Near Future Society co-founder Oliver Lewis

By Haydn Taylor

Oil lobbyists accuse game of promoting "eco-terrorism"

Thunderbird Strike “an eco-terrorist version of Angry Birds," says Republican senator

By Haydn Taylor

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