EA is once again back in the news after some leaked internal documents indicating the publisher planned to "funnel" FIFA players towards the Ultimate Teams mode. This mode then allows you to buy loot boxes.
Arguably, one of the most contentious topics in gaming recently is loot boxes. With Star Wars Battlefront II propelling the mechanic to the global political stage, it's not difficult to understand why. A recent report found a link between loot boxes and problem gambling behaviors.
Outriders has been quite popular since the demo for the game released late last month. People Can Fly updated the demo, pushing out some changes, one of which included a controversial loot drop change, that the community was not so happy with.
Earlier this week, the ESRB introduced a new label as part of its rating system, called "Includes Random Items." This label is meant to account for in-game purchases constituting a random nature, such as card packs, gacha games, and yes, loot boxes. In truth, this label is merely a weak Band-Aid and does nothing to address root cause. It solves nothing.