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Take-Two sued over NBA 2K loot boxes

Take-Two is featured in a class action lawsuit filed by a minor and his guardian in connection with the sale of loot boxes in the NBA 2K franchise.

Bloomberg reports that the lawsuit was filed in the Winnebago District Court in January and then moved to the Northern District Court of Illinois. According to the complaint, NBA 2K loot boxes are exploiting children for their own purposes, hiding the value of real money spent on in-game cosmetics and players, which are often paid for with a parent’s credit card.

Defendant’s dishonest and illegal practices, including illegal gaming practices, deceive, mislead and harm consumers.

The lawsuit contains a demand for $5 million in damages. Take-Two has yet to comment on the class action lawsuit.

NBA 2K is one of Take-Two Interactive’s biggest franchises, with NBA 2K21 selling 8 million copies by last February and over 10 million by 2021. Players pay $60 (or $70 on current generation consoles), but loot boxes are sold as optional in-game purchases.

Loot boxes remain a controversial topic in the video game industry. Numerous studies equate loot boxes with gambling, which has led the Netherlands and Belgium to implement total bans on loot boxes (Germany may soon follow suit). In Canada, a class-action lawsuit has been filed against EA over loot boxes in the Battlefield series, and in California, EA is also under a similar lawsuit.

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