With the game industry answering loot box, gambling, violence, and other inquiries from various governments seemingly every day, developer 2k (2k Sports) and parent company Take Two Interactive have decided to..."up the ante" with the latest trailer for this fall's NBA 2k20.
How does the trailer make the game look so much like a neon-soaked gambling establishment?
Why would Take Two push the envelope in this way?
How does the law address digital gambling? How does the ESRB?
And why should everyone involved be concerned that some jurisdictions are now re-examining just what it means to wager "something of value"?
The virtual does sometimes have value...in "Virtual" Legality.
#NBA2k20 #Gambling #VirtualLegality
Discussed in this episode:
"Not Content With Just Loot Boxes, 'NBA 2K20' Has Actual Casino Games"
Vice - August 28, 2019 - Rob Zacny
Definition of "Bet or Wager"
31 U.S. Code § 5362
Terms of Service
Take Two Interactive Webpage - Updated May 8, 2018
LIMITED SOFTWARE WARRANTY AND LICENSE AGREEMENT
Take Two Interactive Webpage - Updated July 13, 2019
Kater v Churchill Downs
9th Cir. 2018
Red Dead Redemption 2
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