Nexon and Netmarble fined for loot box practices

first_imgNexon and Netmarble fined for loot box practicesKorean FTC hands out almost $1 million in fines, the majority to NexonMatthew HandrahanEditor-in-ChiefTuesday 10th April 2018Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleNetmarbleNexonNexon, Netmarble and NextFloor have been fined by the Korean Fair Trade Commission for misleading their customers with in-game loot boxes.According to a report in The Korea Herald, the total value of the penalties and fines was ₩1 billion ($940,000). However, the overwhelming majority of that was meted out to Nexon, which had to pay ₩944.5 million ($888,000), compared to Netmarble’s total of ₩60 million ($56,000).The FTC said that the “Celebrity Count” event in Nexon’s Sudden Attack was an example of deceptive practices. In that case, loot boxes were sold to consumers in order to collect 16 puzzle pieces, with each box yielding two pieces in total. Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games According to the FTC, Nexon promoted the boxes as giving out pieces at random, but the chance of getting some of the pieces was just 0.5 per cent. A single consumer spent ₩460,000 trying to obtain all 16.Nexon responded to the FTC with the following statement: “In our puzzle event, we used the phrase ‘random provision’ to suggest the items would be provided at random, and that the odds of obtaining each puzzle piece were different. However, the FTC interpreted the phrase as suggesting equal odds. We plan to work on obtaining an additional review of this issue in the future.”The FTC also found fault with practices in Nexon’s Counter Strike Online 2, and Netmarble’s Ma9, Monster Taming and Everybody’s Marble. Netmarble has issued an apology to the users involved, but would not comment on any plans to challenge the FTC’s ruling.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesNexon invests $874m in Bandai Namco, Konami, Sega and HasbroMore investments to come as part of $1.5 billion initiative to support “overlooked and undervalued” entertainment firmsBy James Batchelor A month agoFinal Fantasy XI mobile reboot officially cancelledNexon and Square Enix indicated that the title didn’t meet expectations, despite having been in development for five yearsBy Marie Dealessandri A month agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

‘Feisty’ 103-Year-old Grandma Celebrates COVID Recovery By Drinking an Ice Cold Bud Light

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorePhoto by the Gunn familyThis 103-year-old woman was given a slim chance of survival after she was hospitalized with a case of the novel coronavirus earlier this month.Jennie Stejna, a “feisty Polish grandmother” from Easton, Massachusetts, was the first resident of her nursing home to be diagnosed with the virus after she contracted a low-grade fever. Despite being moved to a quarantined ward, her condition worsened.Nursing home staffers eventually called Stejna’s granddaughter, Shelley Gunn, and advised her to say her final goodbyes before it was too late. According to the Easton Wicked Local, Gunn’s husband asked Stejna if she was ready to go to heaven—and Stejna reportedly responded with a resounding “hell yes”. LOOK: Devoted Dad Surprises Graduating Daughter With Front Yard Ceremony After Hers Was CanceledTo everyone’s shock, however, Stejna made a full recovery from the virus.As a means of celebrating her recovery, nursing home staffers gave her a bottle of Bud Light—a drink which Stejna loves, but has not gotten to enjoy in a long time.Since Stejna’s story has been shared across international news outlets, social media users have hailed the grandma for her strength—and for her good taste.Need more positive stories and updates coming out of the COVID-19 challenge? For more uplifting coverage, click here.(WATCH the video below)Share A Toast To The Good News By Sharing This Story With Your Friends On Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Office take-up to plunge

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Delta Airlines Tawarkan Akses Chatting Gratis via WiFi di Smartphone

first_img“Kami tahu banyak pelanggan Delta Airlines yang ingin atau perlu tetap terhubung saat di udara, apalagi untuk para pekerja. Oleh karena itu kami memberikan layanan dengan cara yang mudah dan bebas untuk mengirim dan menerima pesan melalui beberapa platform global yang paling populer,” ujar Tim Mapes, Wakil Presiden Senior Delta dan Chief Marketing Officer.Mapes menambahkan, layanan ini ada di belakang kursi di tambah dengan hiburan gratis dan WiFi berkecepataan tinggi untuk berkirim pesan gratis menjadi salah satu cara agar pelanggan dapat memanfaatkan fasilitas yang diberikan Delta sebaik-baiknya. Adanya layanan ini, menjadikan Delta sebagai yang pertama di dalam maskapai penerbangan Amerika Serikat dengan menawarkan fasilitas pesan gratis dalam penerbangan. Untuk bisa menikmati layanan instant messaging tersebut, sebelum naik pesawat, para penumpang diharuskan mengunduh aplikasi Gogo WiFi secara gratis di toko aplikasi.Selain Delta Airlines, di Amerika Serikat masih ada beberapa maskapai besar, seperti United dan American Airlines. Namun, untuk diketahui, Alaska Airlines menjadi maskapai penerbangan utama Amerika Serikat yang mengenalkan hal ini secara khusus.Baca juga: Delta Airlines Siap Gunakan Pemindai Wajah Untuk Pangkas Antrean Check InKarena adanya penawaran pesan gratis tanpa suara sudah berlaku sejak awal tahun 2017 ini. Sehingga bisa dikatakan, Delta mengikuti jejak Alaska dan menjadi yang pertama dari tiga besar maskapai di Amerika Serikat.Setelah Delta melakukan pemberian layanan pesan gratis selama penerbangan, diperkirakan American dan United Airlines akan menyusul. Saat ini juga JetBlue sudah menawarkan layanan WiFi gratis tanpa batas untuk semua penumpang dalam penerbangangannya tanpa mengenakan biaya sedikitpun.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedDelta Airlines Berikan Prosecco Gratis di Penerbangan Jarak Jauh16/10/2017In “Destinasi”Ini Fakta yang Mungkin Belum Anda Ketahui dari Delta Airlines25/10/2018In “Featured”10 Meninggal dan 500 Karyawan Delta Airlines Terinfeksi Covid-1927/06/2020In “Featured” Sumber: businessinsider.com Delta Airlines mulai 1 Oktober 2017 memberikan pelayanan chatting gratis melalui iMessage, WhatsaApp dan Facebook Messanger. Namun layanan yang diberikan hanya mendukung untuk pesan teks saja dan tidak bisa mengunduh ataupun mengunggah file baik foto, suara maupun video.Baca juga: Delta Airlines dan JetBlue Gunakan Mesin Pemindai Wajah di BandaraKabarPenumpang.com melansir dari laman theverge.com (27/9/2017), layanan ini akan ada di semua penerbangan Delta dengan menggunakan aplikasi Gogo WiFi di smartphone Android dan iOS. Namun layanan ini bisa digunakan secara gratis bila Anda sebagai penumpang menambahkan biaya minimal US$2,95 atau tergantung dari penerbangan Delta yang Anda naiki.last_img read more

City Of Kenai Looks To Provide Matching Funds For Ballistic Vests For KPD

first_imgThe Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP), created by the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Act of 1998 is a U.S. Department of Justice initiative designed to provide a critical resource to state and local law enforcement. Since 1999, the BVP program has awarded more than 13,000 jurisdictions a total of $467 million in federal funds for the purchase of over one million vests (1,349,813) as of January 2019. According to a memo to the Kenai City Council from City Manager Paul Ostrander, this year there are two vests to replace at a cost of $945 each, therefore the available grant funds will be $945. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The City of Kenai Police Department participates in the Department of Justice’s Ballistic Vest Partnership (BVP), which provides grant funds for half the cost of Officer ballistic vest replacement on a five-year cycle. Ostrander: “I am respectfully requesting consideration of the ordinance accepting and appropriating the grant funds for the purpose they were intended.” An ordinance for the additional grant funds from the city will go before the Kenai City Council at their meeting on Wednesday.last_img read more

The Pettiest Ways People Have Gotten Revenge on Their Significant Other

first_imgWe’re one week away from the one day a year where we’re supposed to celebrate our love.  The other 364 days?  Nothing but spite, baby.Buzzfeed just asked people to share the PETTIEST ways they’ve ever gotten revenge in a relationship.  Here are five of our favorites . . .1.  “After a fight, my husband stormed out of the house and said he was going to see a movie.  I knew which one it was and he’d been looking forward to it, so I Googled spoilers and texted them to him while he was driving there.”2.  “He called me a name, so I cut the nipples out of his shirts.”3.  “I waited until he had finished the second-to-last episode of a show on Netflix, then I changed the password.”4.  “I mashed his iPhone charger so it wouldn’t work, and then I ate his leftover Popeyes biscuits in the fridge.”5.  “After an argument, I put a shrimp in the hollow part of the curtain rod and closed it up.”last_img read more

NC Offshore Wind-Lease Auction Begins Today

first_imgIt’s the first step towards seeing wind turbines off the coast of North Carolina. Today, one of three available offshore wind energy leases will be offered at auction.The Kitty Hawk Wind Energy Area lies east of Currituck Sound about 24 nautical miles from the shore at its closest point. Chris Carnevale, coastal climate and energy manager at the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, said it’s just the beginning.“North Carolina has the biggest offshore wind resource in the nation, and so this is one step toward harnessing that potential,” Carnevale said.The lease is offered by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. The company with the winning bid for the lease will then explore the area to assess the suitability for an offshore wind farm. After the viability studies are completed, the leaseholder will have to apply for permits and go through public and environmental reviews.Opponents of offshore wind have said it will obstruct coastal views.The Department of Energy estimates offshore wind manufacturing could create between 10,000 and 20,000 new jobs and meet 20 percent of the state’s energy needs. Carnevale said the potential contributions don’t stop there.“There’s also a lot of environmental benefits. It’s clean, emissions-free, it does not use any water to generate power with wind, like traditional power plants do,” he said. “So there’s economic benefits and large environmental benefits.”The country’s first offshore wind farm is online off the coast of Block Island, R.I. The offshore wind leases are being offered after the Obama administration cleared the way for the auctions just prior to the end of his term in January.Wind power already plays a large role in the European Union, with officials estimating it will provide as much as 17 percent of electricity by 2020.More information on the development of an offshore wind farm in North Carolina is available here.last_img read more

First-Annual CyberSecurity International Symposium to Launch in July

first_imgThe new CyberSecurity International Symposium, which will take place in Chicago on July 10–11, will take an in-depth look at the latest cyber security threats and trends, as well as real-world strategies for securing critical networks and data in enterprise, commercial, government and industrial environments. The event will bring together industry practitioners, researchers, regulators and solution providers for two days of focused networking and information sharing at the cutting edge of cyber security.Companies confirmed to speak to date include: GreyCastle, Tripwire, Fireglass, Cryptzone, CloudPassage, Sixgill, SecurityScorecard, Trend Micro, CounterTack, Lastline, Arbor Networks, Cyber adAPT, UpGuard, VMware, Sumo Logic, Lacework, Indegy, Hexadite, AsTech Consulting, Coronet, Ixia, Sonatype, Aetna, SecureKey, HYPR, and GigaTrust.Topics to be addressed include:- Sponsor – Asymmetric Cyberwarfare — The Business Case for InsecuritySecuring the Enterprise Network: New Strategies for a New World of ThreatHackers and Emerging ThreatsIoT and Mobility SecurityCompliance & Regulatory ConsiderationsUsing the Cloud to Secure the CloudLeveraging Analytics and Big Data to Bolster SecurityEmerging Technologies and DevOps Success StrategiesData Protection and PrivacyAnd more!For more information and to register, check out the listing on the LPM Events page or visit www.cybersecurity-symposium.com. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Breaking News in the Industry: January 30, 2019

first_imgShoplifting suspect with 4 kids; drives into cop car to escapeA Virginia man was arrested after he allegedly drove into a police cruiser, according to Henrico Police. Just after 4:30 PM on Saturday, officers were called to a reported shoplifting at the local Walmart. Once officers arrived on the scene, they saw a man jumping into a vehicle. “The subject, later identified as Michael A. Brown, reportedly drove into a police car while trying to escape, with the police officer inside the vehicle.After striking the vehicle, Brown fled the scene and a pursuit ensued, due to the assault on law enforcement.  Brown exited his vehicle and continued to flee on foot, but was apprehended,” Henrico Police said in a news release. Brown was charged with assault on a law enforcement officer, felony child neglect (there were four children in the car at the time of the incident), felony elude, felony hit and run, felony larceny and possession of heroin.   [Source: ABC8 News]AP associate bit during scufflePolice are searching for a man accused of biting an employee after stealing items from a Target store in Wilmington, Delaware. The incident occurred at the Target store around 4 PM on January 21, police said. Brandon Webster, 28, of Townsend, Delaware, allegedly stole merchandise from the store and was spotted outside by an employee. When the employee approached him and tried to recover the items, Webster bit him on the hand and then fled on foot, according to investigators. The employee was taken to the hospital and treated for his injuries.   [Source: NBC10 News]- Sponsor – LP associate offered job back after kerfuffle over tackleA Best Buy LP associate in California may be out of a job after doing what some would consider a good deed. The LPA tackled a suspect outside the store  who was running away from Placer County Deputies. The company said what their employee did is against their policy so they had no choice but to fire him. Surveillance video shows the moment the employee, identified in the article only as Tyler, tackles the suspect. Placer County Sheriff’s deputies were chasing the suspect Timothy Trujillo. Tyler’s swift action helped the deputies arrest Trujillo and also got him fired. Placer County Sheriff’s deputies intervened and on Monday, Best Buy issued a statement saying they would offer Tyler his job back.The statement said: “We made a decision to terminate our employee for violating our clear policies but have had reason to take another look at what happened. In the end, we understand he made a split-second decision to do what he thought was right and, while we wish he hadn’t put himself or anyone else at risk, we regret our initial decision and will be offering him his job back.”Tyler said he has no hard feelings toward the company and just wants to move forward. In fact, he told CBS13 Monday that he has received a lot of offers from Sheriff’s Departments and law enforcement agencies since the incident. He has not made a decision where he will work yet.   [Source: CBS13 Sacramento]Two different employees arrested in same store on same day in separate theft casesIt happened twice in the same day, Hackettstown, New Jersey, police were called to a local Wawa, and both times charged employees with stealing money from the convenience store. The first call on Saturday came at 8:20 a.m. from the Mountain Avenue Wawa, according to a police news release on Monday. Nineteen-year-old Donnell Gatling Jr., of Brooklyn, New York, was charged with fourth-degree theft for allegedly stealing $228 between January 20 and 21.The second call from the same store came at 3:13 p.m. That time, police said, 20-year-old Michael Cavaliere, of Belvidere, was charged with third-degree theft for stealing $1,130 between Jan. 10 and 20. Both men were released pending court appearances.   [Source: LehighValleyLive]Felon receives reduced sentence of jail, probation for retail theft, fraud chargesA California woman who pleaded no contest to seven felonies in four different cases of theft or fraud at San Mateo County retail stores was sentenced to four months in jail and five years of supervised probation, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.Facing up to four years in state prison at her sentencing hearing Friday, Thomas allegedly apologized to the police officer and will receive 40 days credit for time served, according to prosecutors. Douglass said Thomas’ daughter was born in the midst of her court proceedings and has changed Thomas’ life for the better, noting she now has a lot on the line in fulfilling her sentence.Though District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said prosecutors asked Ayoob to consider a prison term, he noted Ayoob’s sentence afforded her second chance. “As a society, we will all hope she takes advantage of it,” he said.   [Source: The Daily Journal] MLB has new deal for uniform, footwear supplierMajor League Baseball, Nike and Fanatics on Friday announced a 10-year partnership that crowns Nike the league’s official uniform and footwear supplier, which encompasses on-field uniforms including baselayers, game-day outerwear and training apparel, starting in the 2020 season.The deal sounds just like one announced two years ago by MLB, Fanatics and Under Armour. Last May, Sports Business Journal reported that Under Armour backed out in order to save $50 million, in a year when slumping sales later led the company to slash its global workforce. Under Armour didn’t immediately return Retail Dive’s request for comment.In its own press release, Nike said it will continue as an official MLB sponsor, and, as part of the new agreement, will also partner with all 30 teams for marketing. Fanatics, meanwhile, remains the partner in charge of manufacturing and distributing MLB’s licensed fan gear, according to the league’s release.
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