Tag Archives: IMCO

René Jansen to lead GREF’s collaborative forum

René Jansen, Chairman of Netherlands gambling regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), has been appointed as the new Chairman of GREF – ‘The European Forum of Gaming Regulators’. The Dutch executive will serve as lead representative of the regulatory forum, which promotes collaboration and knowledge sharing between its 41 members working across 34 European gaming jurisdictions. Jansen will replace incumbent Jorn Stark, executive …

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EA prepares to block FIFA Ultimate Team mode amid loot box lawsuits

Electronic Arts (EA) is reviewing its European terms of play related to its ‘Ultimate Team’ mode of the popular FIFA video game series, aiming to avoid further regulatory disputes.   Games industry news sources report that the latest ‘FIFA patch’ features a code input that will allow developers to disable Ultimate Team in certain countries which hold conflicting gambling laws in …

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EA stands ground as Dutch KSA wins ‘game packs’ judgement

Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), the Netherlands’ regulatory authority for gambling, has re-issued a €5 million penalty alongside its ‘cease and desist’ order to Electronic Arts (EA) European subsidiaries.  The charge relates to a 2019 enforcement sanctioned by KSA on ‘Electronic Arts Inc’ and ‘EA Swiss Sàrl’ stating that the video games publisher had violated Dutch gambling laws offering ‘games of chance’ through …

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EU research agency demands urgent action on loot box consumer safeguards

The European Union (EU) has been urged to improve and align standards and safeguards related to loot boxes’ design features and consumer interactions. The recommendation follows research undertaken by the EU’s committee on ‘Internal Market and Consumer Protection’ (IMCO), which analysed ‘loot boxes in online games’ and ‘their effect on young consumers’.    The IMCO report has been described as the …

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