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Posts tagged “Australia”

FTC & Australian Senate committee give loot boxes the stink eye

Several government bodies around the world are continuing to eye loot boxes with suspicion, with yesterday alone bringing news that the USA's Federal Trade Commission is investigating them and an Australian Senate committee has concluded that the government should take a closer look. No, neither of those steps is close to sparking actual industry-wide changes to exploitative loot boxes, but it's potentially laying groundwork for…

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Steam launches Australian dollar support, temporarily bumping some games from sale there

Today was the day that Steam finally added support for the Australian dollar, and also the day that a number of games stopped being sold to folks down under. Steam requires publishers to explicitly set prices in regional currency for a game's to be sold there, see, and some folks just haven't done that yet. Which is a problem if you currently want to buy…

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We Happy Few dodges Australian censor’s ban

Australian censors have lifted an effective ban on We Happy Few, deciding after an appeal that its depiction of a fictional drug does warrant an adults-only 'R18+' rating but isn't so bad that the game should be illegal to sell in the country. Australia's Classification Board had objected to its drug 'Joy', which keeps the dystopian survival game's city in hallucinatory bliss so residents don't…

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Australian Senate committee to investigate loot boxes

The Australian Senate are launching an enquiry into microtransaction loot boxes, investigating whether they constitute gambling and to what extent they "may be harmful". While the enquiry won't change any policy itself, it could inform future laws. A number of politicians and bodies around the world have cocked an eyebrow at microtransaction virtuacrates of random digicrud in recent years, most notably after the loud backlash…

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Australian court rules Valve must pay £1.6m penalty over Steam refund policy

Valve must pay a fine of AU$3 million (about £1.6m/US$2.3m/€1.8m) for misleading Steam users in Australia by stating they were not entitled to refunds for faulty games on Steam, though Australian law guarantees rights on faulty products. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) went after Valve for this back in 2014, before Steam offered widespread refunds, and in 2016 the Federal Court agreed. Valve…

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Strewth! Australia making Civ debut in next DLC

Australian will join Sid Meier's globedwar for the first time in new DLC for Civilization 6 [official site], 2K have announced. WW2-era Prime Minister John Curtin will rise from the grave to lead them. Continuing the theme, 2K have also announced that the 'Australian Summer' update is "coming soon" to add neat-o features like official mod tools with Steam Workshop support and the option to…

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Australian Watchdog Takes Valve To Court Over Refunds

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages, welcome to another legal goings on industry punch up. This time in the red corner, hailing from Seattle and weighing in at approximately several billion pounds, it's Valve. Meanwhile, in the blue corner, the challenger Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) seeks to do battle on the basis of "misleading consumer guarantee representations" under the 2011…

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Australian Parliament To Create R18+ Category For Games

The death of decent society comes ever closer with the news that the Australian Parliament is creating a category for those ultraviolent games you might have read about or envisaged in your bleakest nightmares. Now it falls to the individual States and Territories to pass their own complementary legislation for regulation and, if all goes well, by the first of January 2013 "adults [will be]…

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Er, Australia: GoG Drops Geo IP Check

We can bring you news that Good Old Games definitely haven't changed their geo-locating policies in order to get around the Australian censoring or price hikes of The Witcher 2. Under no circumstances have the changes announced last night, that mean customers' IPs will are no longer tracked when making purchases, anything to do with letting Oz, and perhaps even American gamers get full access…

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