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National Committee for Games Policy Takes on Loot Crates

The National Committee for Games Policy is a newly formed organization with a self-proclaimed mission to address "the current crisis regarding the expansion of loot crate economies and concerns about unregulated online gambling." They say, "Unlike the IGDA, we are not an association of game developers. We are a coalition of high level industry experts and influencers." Their website is online, and you can go their to decide how expert and/or influential their membership is. Here's their outline of how they expect to be part of the conversation:

The first action of the NCGP is its creation; a privately funded think tank known as the ITK. The work of the NCGP ITK is to represent itself as a group of consummate professionals from every part of the video game community. We seek to represent the entire industry, and as such will not release opinions on differences within the industry except as they relate to public policy. Members names will only be released if they give permission, and their writing reflects their own opinions. The NCGP will never take a position on policy; we will give policy makers the information the information they need to make informed decision. Our political connections will get this information to them.

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8. Re: National Committee for Games Policy Takes on Loot Crates Nov 27, 2017, 19:00 Prez
 
My guess is that they are going to find that loot boxes are A-OK!!!! Thumbsup so they can put exploitative gambling mechanics in their own games. But I'm a jaded cynical fucker, soooo....  
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7. Re: National Committee for Games Policy Takes on Loot Crates Nov 27, 2017, 16:49 NKD
 
Nobody of significance or consequence in their list. Looks like a scam of some kind.  
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6. Re: National Committee for Games Policy Takes on Loot Crates Nov 27, 2017, 16:01 RedEye9
 
Ajit Pai at the helm?  
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5. Re: National Committee for Games Policy Takes on Loot Crates Nov 27, 2017, 15:31 Beamer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Nov 27, 2017, 14:59:
Well, a lobby group can benefit customers or it can hurt them, this one currently does neither

This seems solely set up to try to make those involved more powerful and influential.

From the looks of it, pretty much having their name read by the 20 of us who will actually click through works - they're nobodies. Just trying to involve themselves in an issue they feel they can make a name for themselves with and gain some rewards from.
 
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4. Re: National Committee for Games Policy Takes on Loot Crates Nov 27, 2017, 14:59 eRe4s3r
 
Well, a lobby group can benefit customers or it can hurt them, this one currently does neither  
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3. Re: National Committee for Games Policy Takes on Loot Crates Nov 27, 2017, 13:47 Creston
 
So it's a lobbying group. This piece could easily read "The publishers are getting really antsy over the thought of governments taking their favorite child-gambling methods away, so they've formed a group that will write checks to the necessary congress-critters to make sure that this doesn't go anywhere."

Too bad it doesn't fall under Ajit Pai's purview, they could have had the whole thing disappear for $10. (Ajit Pai's a cheap whore, but he wants you to know that 10 bucks is the Thanksgiving discount.)
 
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2. Re: National Committee for Games Policy Takes on Loot Crates Nov 27, 2017, 13:12 Kxmode
 
The current Crysis is 3.  
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1. Re: National Committee for Games Policy Takes on Loot Crates Nov 27, 2017, 12:18 Cutter
 
A lobby group by any other name...
 
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