Weekly News Roundup Issue #108

This is your latest Weekly News Roundup. This week we have fresh news on loot boxes being recognized as gambling, the Fallout TV series, Microsoft's games showcase and potential purchase of Warner Bros Interactive, and much more.

KeenGamer weekly news is a series of articles designed to bring you the hottest gaming and pop culture related news. Each news is presented in a bite-sized format and will lead you to the original source of the news if you want to find out more details.

UK HOUSE OF LORDS EQUATES LOOT BOXES TO GAMBLING

UK HOUSE OF LORDS EQUATES LOOT BOXES TO GAMBLING

Another country to recognize loot boxes as gambling

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to see the parallels between gambling and loot boxes. Proponents of loot boxes say that the comparison isn’t applicable since you always get something from loot boxes while in gambling you oftentimes get nothing. However, when the loot pool is filled to the brim with inconsequential rewards which might as well be nothing – it kinda looks the same. It’s definitely a game of chance and the UK House of Lords recognized this in their report, feeling loot boxes should be regulated under UK gambling laws.

They acknowledge their danger in teaching kids to gamble and feel like the existing laws require little to no change to accommodate the specifics of loot boxes. While the House of Lords holds little power in the government, their report could be the spark action that would make the UK the latest in the ever-growing list of countries that regulate loot boxes in some way. For more on the report itself as well as general info on the status of loot boxes in various countries, check out our original news coverage.

AMAZON AND BETHESDA ARE WORKING ON A FALLOUT TV SERIES

AMAZON AND BETHESDA ARE WORKING ON A FALLOUT TV SERIES

Live-action power armor here we come!

Fallout 76 did little to sour the beloved franchise with many fans still clinging to older titles in hopeful anticipation of future ones. Well, to help with what will probably be a long wait, we have the exciting announcement of a Fallout TV series. Bethesda announced that it will be made in collaboration with Amazon Studios and Kilter Films; the latter of which is made up of Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, the pair behind hit HBO series, Westworld.

While not much is currently known regarding the adaptation to TV, we can all agree that the post-apocalyptic universe of Fallout has insane potential and many avenues to explore. With many fascinating characters and various factions, we’re definitely excited for this one. For more information and a short teaser trailer, check out our original news coverage.

LAURA BAILEY RECEIVES DEATH THREATS OVER ROLE IN THE LAST OF US PART II

LAURA BAILEY RECEIVES DEATH THREATS OVER ROLE IN THE LAST OF US PART II

Expressing dislike like this is unacceptable

We, at Keengamer loved Last of Us: Part II, despite some questionable story delivery. There were many however who heavily disliked the game with criticisms mainly being aimed at the treatment of the beloved franchise characters. Some of those people have stooped to absolute the lowest, unforgivable form of expressing that dislike by sending death threats to Laura Bailey, who voices the character of Abby in The Last of Us Part II.

Even worse, some of the threats were aimed towards her family too, including her child. Bailey herself has since addressed and publicly posted some of the threats on Twitter. We tip our hat to how level-headed she seems in the face of these horrendous messages she’s been receiving. We hope they remain just that – messages. For more information, the threats and what Bailey had to say, check out our original news coverage.

XBOX SERIES X GAMES WILL BE SHOWCASED NEAR THE END OF JULY

XBOX SERIES X GAMES WILL BE SHOWCASED NEAR THE END OF JULY

Master Chief is back!

Back in May, Microsoft’s gameplay showcase received overwhelmingly negative comments due to showing little to no actual gameplay. Since then, Sony had a smashingly successful PS5 showcase, putting even more pressure on Microsoft to get it right next time. Well, that next time is fast approaching since their next-gen games showcase is scheduled for July 23rd.

Last week we wrote how Phil Spencer wasn’t concerned by Sony’s event, hinting that there are even bigger things in store for the future of Xbox. We know we’ll definitely see the new Halo, Hellblade 2 and Psychonauts 2. We hope Microsoft brings their A-game and genuinely surprises us, at least with a new Fable. For more info and speculation on the game lineup, check out our original news coverage.

MICROSOFT IS REPORTEDLY LOOKING TO ACQUIRE WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE

MICROSOFT IS REPORTEDLY LOOKING TO ACQUIRE WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE

This could really make Microsoft into a gaming juggernaut

Several reports have begun propping up claiming that Microsoft, is considering buying AT&T’s gaming division – Warner Bros. Interactive. The sale seems to be happening due to AT&T’s $154 billion debt, which it accrued due to bad acquisitions and failed streaming services. If true, the buyer would receive studios like Avalanche Software, Monolith Productions, TT Games, Rocksteady Studios, NetherRealm Studios, and others.

Of course, Microsoft isn’t the only one to be interested in such renowned studios and their portfolios of games. According to the reports, other gaming giants like Take-Two, EA, and Activision are also pursuing the purchase. If it proves to be true and Microsoft manages to seal the deal, it could be one that would place them in front of Sony in terms of potential exclusives. We’ll have to wait and see. For a full list of the studios as well as their respective franchises included in this potential purchase, check out our original news coverage.

MAFIA: DEFINITIVE EDITION DELAYED DUE TO COVID-19

MAFIA: DEFINITIVE EDITION DELAYED DUE TO COVID-19

Another game falls victim to COVID-19

The remake of the classic action-adventure game was scheduled to release this August but has been pushed a month to the end of September. The official Twitter account for the game posted an update on development and polishing challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. The push back isn’t severe and is completely understandable, given the circumstances. At least we’ll get to see how the game looks and plays on July 22nd so mark your calendars. For more information on the delay, check out our original news coverage.

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