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Virtual Legality Episode 432

EAGATE, FIFA, Loot Boxes and the Risk to the Gaming Industry

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EA's FIFA video game series is no stranger to Virtual Legality, but with "EAGATE" the publisher may just have set off a series of events which could result in the regulation of the entire video game industry.

What happened? Why is it so important to the loot box conversation (and more)?

Let's dive in.

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#EAGATE #FIFA #LootBoxes


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Discussed in this episode:
"EA investigating ‘EAGate’ allegations that employee sold FIFA Ultimate Team cards for cash"
Polygon - March 12, 2021
https://www.polygon.com/22325196/fifa-21-eagate-ultimate-team-item-card-sell

"We are aware of the allegations..."
Tweet - March 10, 2021 - EA Sports FIFA
https://twitter.com/EASPORTSFIFA/status/1369761277636005888

"#EAGATE"
Tweet - March 10, 2021 - Arcade-Fut
https://twitter.com/FutArcade/status/1369665861913616392

"An Update on Our Player Item Investigation"
EA Sports FIFA Pitch Notes Blog
https://www.ea.com/games/fifa/pitch-notes/news/fifa-21-player-item-investigation-update?isLocalized=true

Electronic Arts User Agreement
Updated September 8, 2020
https://tos.ea.com/legalapp/WEBTERMS/US/en/PC/

"FIFA Furor! Why the UK may have just stopped Loot Box Bans (VL77) (Hoeg Law)"
YouTube Video - July 23, 2019 - Hoeg Law
https://youtu.be/vj053LPu93M

"Fifa packs and loot boxes 'not gambling' in UK"
BBC News - July 22, 2019 - Zoe Kleinman
(https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-49074003)

"Gaming & game of chance"
UK Gambling Act 2005, Section 6
(http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2005/19/section/6)

"The Surprise Mechanics of the UK’s Troubling New Loot Box Gambling Report (VL101)"
YouTube Video - September 13, 2019 - Hoeg Law
https://youtu.be/9c6Eh76mEJg

"UK officials call for loot boxes to be regulated like gambling
Engadget - September 12, 2019 - Georgina Torbet
https://www.engadget.com/2019/09/12/uk-government-loot-boxes-regulation/

"Never Tell Me The Odds: Loot Boxes on Trial with the FTC (VL84) (Hoeg Law)"
YouTube Video - August 7, 2019 - Hoeg Law
https://youtu.be/YBgme0Cf8LY

Lawful Internet Gaming Act (MI)
https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mgcb/Lawful_Internet_Gaming_Act_PA_152_of_2019_684325_7.pdf

"Grand Theft Legislature: Can Illinois REALLY Ban Violent Video Games? (VL424)"
YouTube Video - February 25, 2021 - Hoeg Law
https://youtu.be/fGuC2RsRkUQ


"Virtual Legality" is a continuing series discussing the law, video games, software, and everything digital, hosted by Richard Hoeg, of the Hoeg Law Business Law Firm (Hoeg Law).

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