The removal of loot boxes and virtual currency in NBA 2K.

The removal of loot boxes and virtual currency in NBA 2K.

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Gambling Addiction Awareness started this petition to Take-Two Interactive Software

This petition is to raise awareness about the gambling NBA 2K promotes towards minors and young adults. The rating of the game is rated E for everyone. Which means it’s easily accessible to all age groups. NBA 2K heavily promotes Virtual Currency to be purchased by players to promote in game progression. Virtual Currency is then used in game to purchase items similar to ways used in gambling with very small odds of obtaining those purchases. Gambling is classed as an impulse-control disorder. It is included in the American PsychiatricAssociation (APA's) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, fifth edition (DSM-5). NBA 2K releases loot boxes/packs and promotes gambling themes weekly to get more money out of players. If packs aren’t purchased, in game progress is severely hindered which poses an unfair advantage to players who purchase player packs and virtual currency(VC).

Player packs rely on very difficult/minimal odds which in turn encourages the player to purchase large amounts. This can create unhealthy spending habits and hurt people financially. Teens, young adults and children shouldn’t be subjected to something so detrimental. 

We are asking for NBA 2K to remove micro transactions, virtual currency and character packs in game for the well being and safety of all gamers. We  want to encourage in game progression that is obtained without spending money. We want NBA 2K to switch to a progression system that allows character upgrades, card packs and cosmetics to be obtained strictly through progression in game.

We look forward to finding a solution.

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