(U.K.) Gamble Aware Report: The link between gaming loot boxes and problem gambling has been “robustly verified”, according to a new research #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.04: The UK government is already considering whether gambling laws should cover such loot boxes:

Loot boxes linked to problem gambling in new research: The report, carried out by researchers at the universities of Plymouth and Wolverhampton, found that loot boxes “are structurally and psychologically akin to gambling” & it also found that large numbers of children are opening loot boxes.

The upcoming Gambling Act review is set to look at the question, with the UK’s House of Lords already having weighed in to say that loot boxes should be firmly regulated as “games of chance”.

3 hours ago

A computer render of a generic loot box

Loot boxes are a video game feature involving a sealed mystery “box” – sometimes earned through playing the game and sometimes paid for with real money – which can be opened for a random collection of in-game items such as weapons or cosmetic costumes.

The new research, commissioned by the GambleAware charity, compiles existing research to examine the strength of links between the in-game random prizes and gambling behaviour. It found:

  • Of the 93% of children who play video games, up to 40% opened loot boxes
  • About 5% of gamers generate half the entire revenue from the boxes
  • Twelve out of 13 studies on the topic have established “unambiguous” connections to problem gambling behaviour
  • Young men are the most likely to use loot boxes – with young age and lower education correlating with increased uses

The report said that many games use a “psychological nudge” to encourage people to buy loot boxes – such as the fear of missing out on limited-time items or special deals. 

“Many gamers do ascribe discrete financial values to loot box contents – based on purchase or resale price – suggesting that many loot boxes meet existing criteria for gambling regulation,” the authors wrote.

The big spenders – the crucial 5% for the industry – can spend more than £70 or $100 a month on the boxes, the report said. But those are not necessarily wealthy people who earn lots of money.

“Our research therefore demonstrates that games developers, unwittingly or not, appear to be generating outsized loot box profits from at-risk individuals (these are likely to include both people with gambling problems or problematic patterns of video gaming) – but not from wealthy gamers,” it concluded. 

Among the authors’ recommendations were that any regulation has extremely precise definitions to avoid any possible workarounds; that loot boxes are included in game labelling and age ratings; that the odds of winning items be clearly shown including the average cost of enough boxes to obtain a rare item; establishing spending limits; and more. 

Dr James Close, one of the report’s authors from the University of Plymouth, said the study had established the link between loot boxes and “problem gambling behaviours”.

“We have also demonstrated that at-risk individuals, such as problem gamblers, gamers, and young people, make disproportionate contributions to loot box revenues,” he added.

GambleAware’s chief Zoe Osmond said the charity was “increasingly concerned that gambling is now part of everyday life for children and young people”. 

“It is now for politicians to review this research, as well as the evidence of other organisations, and decide what legislative and regulatory changes are needed to address these concerns,” she said.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Apr.04: 2021:

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AceFriendsNews – November 18 – Poor Getting Punished. 


The headlines today : people working for minimal wages are getting € 10.00 less each month

(if your rated between 1000 and 1300 euro).

New tax laws !!!!


That is $ 12.496 dollar U.S.

The poverty line in Europe is € 1250.00

On welfare you get € 951,64 each month …..?  


Its gonna get crowded in the streets that is for sure. If my name was Mark Rutte prime minister of Holland l would be deeply ashamed.

· · in fotografie.



#dollar, #euro, #eviction, #laws, #poor, #poverty, #punished, #tax, #wages


#AceNewsServices – ALBUQUERQUE – November 03 – Throughout this investigation and in other matters, our attorneys and staff have worked side-by-side with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to enforce our national civil rights laws, and we are grateful for your partnership and steadfast support. 

' Department of Justice Civil Rights Division '

‘ Department of Justice Civil Rights Division ‘

We are here today to announce a landmark settlement agreement between the Justice Department and the city of Albuquerque that resolves our findings on the use of excessive force and avoids a costly and protracted legal battle on the need for reform

This agreement comes from a mutual commitment by the city and the Department of Justice to ensure that the Albuquerque Police Department works with the community and polices in a manner that respects the rights of residents and that promotes mutual confidence between law enforcement and the community.  

Constitutional policing is key to building trust between police departments and the communities they serve, and trust is of course key to ensuring public and officer safety.

Through this agreement, the city agrees to implement comprehensive police reforms in the way that it recruits, selects, guides, trains, supervises, investigates, and disciplines officers to ensure that officers are held accountable for their use of force and are fully supported in carrying out their duties in an effective, constitutional, and professional manner.

In April, the Department of Justice found that the police department engages in a pattern or practice of excessive force in violation of the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. 

We specifically found three patterns of excessive force:

  • Albuquerque officers too frequently use deadly force against people who pose a minimal threat and in situations where the conduct of the officers heightens the danger and contributes to the need to use force;

  • Albuquerque officers use less lethal force, including electronic controlled weapons, on people who are passively resisting, non-threatening, observably unable to comply with orders or pose only a minimal threat to the officers; and 

  • Encounters between Albuquerque officers and persons with mental illness and in crisis too

The department also found systemic deficiencies of the Albuquerque Police Department which contribute to these three patterns, including: deficient policies, failed accountability systems, inadequate training, inadequate supervision, ineffective systems of investigation and adjudication, the absence of a culture of community policing and a lack of sufficient civilian oversight.

Remarks by Acting Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta Announcing the Agreement to Reform the Albuquerque Police Department

Albuquerque, NM

United States


Friday, October 31, 2014

Remarks as Prepared for Delivery



#civil-rights, #laws, #police

” India drops plan to prosecute two `Italian Marines’ accused of killing two `Indian Fishermen’ under Anti-Piracy Laws”

#AceWorldNews says India has dropped a plan to prosecute two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen under an anti-piracy law, Reuters reported.

The sailors said they mistook the fishermen for pirates and fired warning shots into the water in February 2012, off the coast of Kerala state. Indian attorney general Ghoolam Vahanvati told the Supreme Court on Monday that the prosecution did not intend to proceed against them under the anti-piracy section of the Suppression of Unlawful Acts.

The men can still be tried under India’s criminal laws.

#anti-piracy-law, #criminal, #india, #italian, #laws, #reuters, #suppression-of-unlawful-acts