Take-Two Interactive, the company behind the popular NBA 2K video game series, is facing a class action lawsuit accusing it of "theft" over microtransactions. The lawsuit, filed in California federal court, alleges that Take-Two is ripping off players by preventing them from transferring their virtual currency to new versions of the game.
The lawsuit is being brought by the minor, represented by their mother, who claims they lost hundreds of dollars worth of virtual currency because they can't use it in the latest NBA 2K game. The lawsuit also alleges that Take-Two is intentionally deactivating servers for older games in order to force players to buy new versions of the game.
This isn't the first time Take-Two Interactive has been sued over its microtransaction practices. In 2022, the company was sued in Illinois over the use of loot boxes in NBA 2K. That lawsuit was settled out of court, but highlights growing concerns about microtransactions in video games.
Take-Two Interactive has yet to respond to the latest lawsuit.
What are microtransactions?
Microtransactions are in-app purchases that allow players to purchase virtual goods or services. These goods and services may include things like new characters, weapons, or levels.
Microtransactions are a popular way for video game companies to make money, but they have also been criticized for exploitation. The legal issue in this case is whether Take-Two Interactive is stealing from players by preventing them from transferring their virtual currency to new versions of the game.
The lawsuit alleges that virtual currency is a form of property and that Take-Two is taking this property away from players without their consent.
What could happen if Take-Two Interactive is found guilty?
If Take-Two Interactive is found guilty of theft, it could be ordered to pay restitution to the plaintiffs.
The company may also be forced to change its business practices. This lawsuit is a reminder that video game publishers need to be careful how they implement microtransactions. Publishers need to make sure their microtransactions are fair and don't exploit players.