Lootboxes NBA 2K games are adapted to legislation

Aug

22

2018

in the Netherlands and Belgium
Publisher 2K Games adapts its NBA 2K basketball games to comply with Dutch and Belgian legislation. In Belgium the MyTeam packs are no longer available with real money. In the Netherlands there is no more access to the Auction House to trade the content.

Because Dutch players no longer have access to the Auction House, they can no longer trade the content from lootboxes. This means that the games comply with Dutch legislation. The publisher has published a statement on his website. In it 2K Games says it does not agree with the interpretation of the legislation and to be in talks with the Dutch Gaming Authority to ‘explain how NBA 2K and the Auction House already comply with national legislation’. The publisher calls on players to contact the local government if they agree with this.

In April, the Dutch Gaming Authority stated that games with lootboxes where the content is tradable are in violation of the gambling law . The authority investigated about ten games and issued an ultimatum that expired in June. At that deadline Valve made adjustments to CS: GO and Dota 2 ; even in those games, trading in items from lootboxes was made impossible.

The NBA 2K games are being further adapted for the Belgian market: there the possibility disappears to buy MyTeam packs with premium currency , the virtual currency that has to be bought with real money. Players can only buy packs with MyTeam points earned in the game. 2K Games carries out this adjustment in its own words in order to comply with the interpretation of the Belgian gambling legislation by the Belgian Gaming Commission. The publisher also says that he does not agree with this and that he remains in dialogue with that authority.

Due to the decision, the 20th Anniversary Edition of NBA 2K19 may not be sold in Belgium. This version of the game contains a number of MyTeam packs, which are therefore not allowed in Belgium. A customer who had ordered the game was sent a notice from the publisher .

Although the NBA 2K basketball games have now been adapted, there are many other maladaptive games that have been found illegal by both Dutch and Belgian authorities. FIFA is probably also one of the games that the Dutch authority has investigated, but in that game nothing has changed the possibility to trade content from loot boxes.

The Belgian Gaming Commission threatened with millions of fines in April , but they have not been distributed so far. The Dutch Gaming Authority said it would take action against games after the deadline in June. Of these, no concrete cases are known yet.

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