Microtransactions in sports games always cause controversy, whether it is FIFA’s Ultimate Team mode or NBA 2K’s MyTeam. Players can purchase virtual credit for real money to open packs, get better players, upgrade their squad, obtain rare items and much more. Most of these things give paying players an unfair advantage against free-to-play players. More importantly, some countries view the entire situation as gambling. That’s exactly why Belgium and the Netherlands suspended 2K Games’ NBA 2K virtual stores.
The Belgium Gaming Commission alongside Netherlands’ Kansspelautoriteit suspended NBA 2K virtual stores from selling VC, stating it included “‘loot box’ style mechanics violate gambling laws” in both countries. 2K Games responded with the following statement, and detailed the changes made to the store accordingly.
The Belgium Gaming Commission (BGC) has stated that games which include some ‘loot box’ style mechanics violate gambling laws in Belgium. While we disagree with this position, we are working to comply with the BGC’s current interpretation of these laws. As a result, we made some local changes to the MyTeam mode. These changes are necessary for the purposes of the BGC’s interpretation of the Belgian Gaming Act. Specifically, we will be able to buy and buy coupons (not earned) currency / VC.Gamers are still able to acquire myTeam points. We will be continuing conversations with the BGC in order to explain our view. If you agree, we recommend that you contact your local government representative. We will keep the community posted on any developments. We apologize for any inconvenience.
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[Source: 2K Games]