NBA 2K Loot Boxes the Subject of a Class-Action Lawsuit Launched Against Take-Two

NBA 2K Loot Boxes the Subject of a Class-Action Lawsuit Launched Against Take-Two

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Richard Walker

A class-action lawsuit has been filed against Take-Two Interactive, as its use of loot boxes and microtransactions in the NBA 2K games have been declared an “unfair, deceptive and unlawful” practice by the state of Illinois.

According to a report from Bloomberg via GamesIndustry.biz), the suit was filed on behalf of a minor and their guardian at Winnebago Country Circuit Court this January, then subsequently moved to the Illinois Northern District Court in February.

At least $5 million in damages is being sought, with the complainant stating that loot boxes "psychologically distance" players from the financial implications of their purchase, and that minors often use their parents' credit card to make said purchases.

The suit claims that loot boxes in NBA 2K are emblematic of Take-Two (2K parent company) employing "unfair, deceptive and unlawful practices, including illegal gambling practices, deceive, mislead and harm consumers." Take-Two has declined to comment to Bloomberg regarding the class-action lawsuit.

Of course, the debate surrounding loot boxes and virtual currency in games like NBA 2K has been raging for several years, with bills drawn up to ban them for minors, and Belgium declaring loot boxes unlawful, after a similar ruling in the Netherlands. EA has also seen itself coming under scrutiny for its use of loot boxes in titles like FIFA and Star Wars Battlefront, despite asserting that loot boxes “aren't gambling”.

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  • Aside from obvious fact that loot boxes are as described above, that more sounds like some parent didn’t supervise their child enough with their money…
  • Yeah I’m no fan of lootboxes but parents really should either not save their credit card info or set up the passcode to make purchases that only they know
  • Odd. When I played NBA 2K22 I didn't feel it was “unfair, deceptive and unlawful”. I just ignored the MTAs and played the game.
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