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Will League and Fortnite be banned? US reportedly investigates Tencent

Published: 19/Sep/2020 16:31

by Daniel Cleary

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Fortnite and League of Legends players might have cause for concern after it was revealed that Chinese tech giant Tencent Holdings is reportedly under US investigation ahead of TikTok’s ban.

Amid the ongoing drama surrounding TikTok in the US, with the popular social media site set to be blocked for users in the coming days, it seems as if more companies with ties to China are now being investigated.

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While TikTok has been under scrutiny, following privacy and data concerns from the US government, it was revealed that video game publishers under the parent company Tencent have now reportedly been contacted by the Committee of Foreign Investment.

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League of Legends could be affected by the Tencent investigation.

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The Committee of Foreign Investment in the United States or ‘CFIUS,’ which is chaired by the Treasury Department, is known for reviewing the country’s data and security implications when it comes to foreign investment.

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According to a report from Bloomberg, the CFIUS has now sent letters to companies such as Epic Games, Riot Games, and others owned by Tencent, asking about their security protocols for handling their players’ personal data.

While both video game publishers mainly operate out of the United States, it is no secret that Tencent has ties to the companies, with ownership of Riot Games and a 40% stake in Epic Games.

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As of now, it is unclear if these companies will be banned, or targeted similar to TikTok, but players will have to wait for the results of this investigation to go public to be certain.

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With Riot Games recently expanding into titles like Valorant, Teamfight Tactics, Legends of Runeterra, and with more on the way, any decisions by the US government could potentially affect millions of players in the US who play these games.

Also, this is not the only trouble that Epic Games has had to face in recent weeks, as their feud with Apple, which prevents iOS users from playing, is still ongoing after they initially started the ‘Free Fortnite’ movement.

Tencent’s WeChat app is also the firing line, however, with over 300 investments in Tencent’s portfolio, including a smaller stake in Activision Blizzard, it remains to be seen just how big of an impact this could have.

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EA removes FIFA 21 ad selling loot boxes to children after backlash

Published: 1/Oct/2020 5:30 Updated: 1/Oct/2020 5:47

by Bill Cooney

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September 30 update (9:30pm PT): EA has pulled the advertisement from all toy magazines, including the one shown in Smyths, promoting buying FIFA points in the lead-up to FIFA 21.

They have also apologized for not upholding their “responsibility we take for the experience of our younger players.”

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“We take very seriously the responsibilities we have when marketing EA games and experiences in channels seen by children,” they told Eurogamer in a statement.

Earlier: EA is under fire after users on the internet posted pictures of advertisements for FIFA 21 in-game purchases placed inside a children’s toy magazine.

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It’s that time of year again, the air is getting cooler, the holidays are fast approaching, and there’s a new FIFA game about to come out on October 6.

In the year 2020 it’s not strange at all to see ads for video games amongst other kinds of toys in your usual holiday catalogs (if you don’t already do all your shopping online). However ads for in-game transactions and not the games themselves are becoming more and more common, and people don’t seem to be too thrilled with the idea.

On Sept. 26 A Twitter account by the name of AllFifamistakes posted a picture from one of the latest in-store magazines for UK company Smyths Toys. The ad, for FIFA’s popular Ultimate Team mode, lists four steps for players to play FUT, with the second being “use FIFA points to open packs.”

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As any good FUT player knows, FIFA Points are the digital currency that is used specifically for that mode to unlock player packs, which are basically random loot boxes containing player cards and other upgrades.

Enough arguments have been made for and against loot boxes being a form of gambling than we could list in a series of articles, but they are one of the most unpopular features in modern-day gaming, and seen as a way for companies to keep cashing in on consumers after the fork out the sticker price just to play the game.

The fact that it’s in a toy magazine where a kid will most likely see it and bother his or her parent about buying them FIFA Points for some player packs is what seems to have ticked most people off, with some accusing EA of promoting gambling to their younger fans. However, this isn’t even the first FIFA game to employ such marketing tactics.

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As you can see above, EA SPORTS has been advertising using FIFA Points to open packs as part of their “four steps to FUT success” for at least a year now, with the exact same wording appearing on adverts for FIFA 20 back around holiday season 2019.

Like gambling itself, it doesn’t seem as though loot boxes will be going away any time soon no matter how unpopular they may be, but people obviously aren’t too fond of ads for them being waved under kids’ noses.

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