Hey Con, it has come to my attention on my discord server (the one you are in too) and other gaming media news outlets that an Australian research committee (the country where you and your company reside) has finished a study where they conclude that "Lootboxes" are a dangerous form of gambling that is very addictive for all age groups.
To go into detail on the committee's findings: 7000 Australian gamers have been observed on their use of loot boxes in video games. Now there are a growing number of games that use loot boxes, including: Every Call of Duty since Advanced Warfare, every Battlefield game since BF4, Star wars Battle Front 2 (the most egregious offender), Team Fortress 2 (which is what you based your loot boxes off of), and Overwatch. Your game includes loot boxes that are purchasable with real world money. Though one kind can be bought with in game currency if you grind hard enough for it but you can still buy it with real money. The study shows that occasional loot box buyers and heavy loot box buyers have traits that people who gamble have, the latter being heavy gamblers who have a serious problem.
All of that mumbo jumbo aside which can be found here: https://www.usaonlin...-are-dangerous/
You Con my friend are in quite the spot and a lot of us as players are worried. For the past few years you have had loot boxes not only as lootable items that even have their own random chance of being found but also as holiday events which are much more common than the regular variants. The content of these boxes is not what is the problem (the loot is mediocre compared to other lootable weapons, I.E Rares and Uniques) but what is the problem is that Australia could in fact go the way of Belgium (the country that Germany always steamrolls) and ban loot boxes which will have dire consequences on you, which is bad for business to both you and your player base. And just to reiterate we LOVE you Con, you've pretty much given Facebook a large amount of users just by having people sign up to play and gotten a lot of wonderful people together!
The concern is this, we might not have a deadzone to come to if your game has these legal hand grenades about to go of if Australia passes legislation banning them, thus the game goes BYE BYE. Maybe changing how we get event items would be a good idea, but the way it seems, you might just have to abandon loot boxes to keep your game up, though you could find another way to make up for the revenue, which shouldn't be too hard for a game that has been going 6 years strong.
We wish you luck Con and are only informing you of a looming threat to the game we love.
Edited by MaxSheen, 31 October 2018 - 01:23 AM.