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So I am wondering how the auction house can exist. This is definitely gambling. You have a set minimum bid and you are not told what the maximum bid is. So whatever you bid is just blind. How does the auction house not go against EU gambling laws. Yes you do use in game currency to buy it, but the prices at which the items in the Auction House will go for will definitely surpass what one might earn from the game. People are definitely going to spend money and because it is blind bidding, it is gambling.
Very interesting discussion on reddit by u/hmsmanchester. Here's the entire text, plus a comment to the post that I find equally interesting. How WG Chooses Your Santa Gift Ship, And Why You Will Probably Get Makarov) If you've been following the initial reports of Santa big gift results, you will probably notice something odd: a flood of Makarovs, the tier 6 Soviet Nurnberg, have graced those lucky enough to get a ship. This is not a bizarre coincidence - it is a consequence of the way Santa gifts allocate ships. It is complicated, but I am going to try my best to explain it. Say you win a ship. Hooray! However, is the ship you win truly random? WG explains that: If a ship that you already have in your Port is dropped, the Santa's Big Gift container will be replaced by a supercontainer. The latter will contain another ship from the list along with a Port slot and Commander with 10 skill points. While confusingly worded, they do allude to the fact that, in the first instance, you do not receive a ship from the whole pool of available premium ships. Rather, you receive a ship from a select shortlist (which differs depending on box type), and you will receive it in a Santa crate box, NOT a supercontainer. You only get a random drop from the whole list of available ships if you roll a shortlisted ship which you already have in port or in a previously purchased crate. If this happens, you receive it in a supercontainer. What this means is that, if I have no premium ships and buy a gift which luckily includes a vessel, I will only ever receive a ship from the shortlist. My chance of a ship not included on the shortlist is zero. The implications of this are pretty massive: if lucky enough to secure a ship, the most likely result is that you roll the most common ship on the shortlist. If you do not have it, that's what the container gives you. Makarov is the most common ship in the big gift shortlist, and few people have it - that is why so many (including me) received Makarov as their first gift ship! The same occurred in 2018 with Krasny Krym, and Exeter and Huanghe in 2019. Due to the importance of the shortlist, you should really consider if you would be happy to receive the shortlisted ships before investing in gifts. If you are lucky enough to get a ship, they will be the most likely outcomes. I do not have full data for the shortlists yet (and I could have made mistakes owing to the limited data out already), but I will keep this updated as we learn more about this year's crates: Big Gift Shortlist Tier 6 Soviet cruiser Makarov (common) Tier 7 US battleship California Tier 8 EU destroyer Orkan Mega Shortlist Tier 6 Italian cruiser Duca D'aosta (common) Tier 7 Japanese destroyer Yuudachi (common) Tier 8 British battleship Vanguard Tier 8 Soviet cruiser Ochakov Spend wisely! It's a little more complicated than this. My observation is that there's a preferred list. So, let's day Makarov, Yudachi, and Vanguard. You first roll a ship, then you roll for a specific ship. This roll has a chance to drop from the rare pool, general pool, or preferred. So that preferred list has the highest chance to drop. When you already own the ship then it just rolls from the rare or general list and give it to you from the SC. Even the general list is skewed. Lower tier ships have higher drop chance than the higher tier ones. There's a reason people get a lot of Marblehead from Santa crates It is not necessary to own all the ships to get a ship from the rare list. There's always a small chance you'll drop one - we have people reporting such drops in the past. However those chances are miniscule. Even then, the rare list also has skew - Belfast and Enterprise are harder to get than Fujin, for example. Link: https://www.reddit.com/r/WorldOfWarships/comments/k6ivy5/how_wg_chooses_your_santa_gift_ship_and_why_you/
anonym_Hf93Jbjm9WjT posted a topic in Mischttps://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/dec/24/uk-gambling-related-hospital-admissions-more-than-one-a-day - - Last week, the Royal Society for Public Health warned that betting-style features in video games, including loot boxes, are “polluting” young peoples’ lives and should be reclassified as gambling. “Gambling disorder significantly impacts on a person’s mental health, increasing the risk of self harm and suicide,” said Matt Zarb-Cousin from gambling blocking software firm Gamban. “We’re now at the point where more than one person every day in Britain has to be admitted to hospital as a result of gambling. It’s time to look properly at the types of gambling available and their role in causing such severe harm to people.” Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, said earlier this year: “The links between problem gambling and stress, depression and mental health problems are growing and there are too many stories of lives lost and families destroyed.” He added: “This is an industry that splashes £1.5bn on marketing and advertising campaigns, much of it now pumped out online and through social media, but it has been spending just a fraction of that helping customers and their families deal with the direct consequences of addiction.” - -