Two countries block Diablo Immortal over lootboxes



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Diablo Immortal is the “don’t you all have phone games” that was memed before it was even released. Now Blizzard has finally launched the game, their newest since Overwatch, but it already got blocked in two countries for loot boxes… but wait there’s more!

Come hang out as we keep track of all the recent Blizzard developments.

In other news; EA staff are speaking out on trans rights, Elden Ring has quietly nerfed some bosses, a famous Square Enix dev has retired, and Madden will be on the cover of Madden.

This week’s 5-Second Review is probably one of Brian’s shortest yet and the Coming Soon section is packing some Star Wars KotOR II, The Quarry, and Mario Strikers.

Thanks for watching everyone and have a great weekend.

00:00 - Two countries block Diablo Immortal over lootboxes
07:42 - EA employees speak out on trans rights
09:21 - Elden Ring nerfs bosses
10:05 -​​ Famed producer retires from Square Enix
10:49 - Madden on the cover of Madden 23
11:30 - 5-Second Review
11:46 - Coming Soon

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[GameIndustry.biz] Diablo Immortal won't launch in 2 countries
https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2022-05-30-diablo-immortal-wont-launch-in-two-countries-due-to-loot-box-legislation

[Tweakers] Diablo Immortal banned
https://tweakers.net/nieuws/196722/diablo-immortal-komt-niet-uit-in-nederland-en-belgie.html

[Reddit] Blizzard Support email about Diablo Immortal
https://www.reddit.com/r/DiabloImmortal/comments/uw1hwu/for_the_people_wondering_about_belgium_the/

[Reddit] Reddit comment about Diablo Immortal
https://www.reddit.com/r/DiabloImmortal/comments/uw1hwu/for_the_people_wondering_about_belgium_the/i9p0vve/?utm_source=reddit&utm_medium=web2x&context=3

[Ars Technica] Diablo immortal Review
https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2022/06/diablo-immortal-impressions-a-good-smartphone-game-saddled-with-f2p-nonsense/

[Destructoid] Diablo Immortal Review
https://www.destructoid.com/review-in-progress-diablo-immortal-full-impressions/

[EuropeanGaming] Diablo Lootbox Compliance issues
https://europeangaming.eu/portal/compliance-updates/2019/02/06/38143/the-netherlands-and-belgium-ban-pubg-loot-boxes/

[GameIndustry.biz] 3 Publisher in breach of gambling laws
https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2018-04-25-three-industry-leading-publishers-found-in-breach-of-belgian-gambling-laws

[GameIndustry.biz] Nintendo to halt two mobile games in Belgium
https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2019-05-21-nintendo-to-halt-service-of-two-mobile-games-in-belgium-amid-loot-box-debaccle

[GameIndustry.biz] EA to halt sale of FIFA points in Belgium
https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2019-01-29-ea-to-halt-sale-of-fifa-points-in-belgium-after-it-backs-down-over-loot-boxes

[GameIndustry.biz] Rocket League end loot boxes in Belgium
https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2019-04-16-rocket-league-nixes-loot-boxes-in-belgium-the-netherlands

[GameIndustry.biz] Konami stops sales of PES in Belgium
https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2019-02-13-konami-halts-sales-of-pes-2019-currency-in-belgium-over-loot-box-ruling

[GameIndustry.biz] Shareholders want to out Activision board of directors
https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2022-05-27-soc-urges-shareholders-to-vote-against-reelection-of-activision-blizzard-directors

[GameIndustry.biz] Blizzard Parents drop wrongful death lawsuit
https://www.thegamer.com/activision-blizzard-parents-drop-wrongful-death-lawsuit/

[Axios] Activision wrongful death lawsuit dismissed
https://www.axios.com/2022/05/31/activision-wrongful-death-lawsuit-dismiss

[Kotaku] Respawn bosses tweet in support of trans rights
https://kotaku.com/ea-trans-rights-star-wars-jedi-survive-apex-legends-res-1848998351

[EA] EA Pride blog post
https://www.ea.com/en-ca/inside-ea/news/pride-month-2021

[YouTube] Illusory Wall Elden Ring patch 1.04 breakdown
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kOIYgvJ2XY&feature=emb_logo&ab_channel=illusorywall

[VG247] Elden ring duo boss fights nerfed
https://www.vg247.com/elden-ring-group-boss-fights-nerf-hidden-change

[Twitter] Shinji Hashimoto retires from Square Enix
https://twitter.com/shinjihashimot3/status/1531626659555995648?s=20&t=8CaXh2WemHLk6HvgMryeHA

[Twitter] Toshiyuki Itahana draws goodbye art for Shinji Hashimoto
https://twitter.com/ItahanaT/status/1531629993117515777?s=20&t=0npB1TLlESNh_UrQv5TdJg

[Polygon] Madden 23 cover will be Madden
https://www.polygon.com/23143418/madden-23-cover-star-nfl-john-madden
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