European video game age-rating organisation PEGI has said it’s “very aware” NBA 2K20 may get “too close for comfort” to teaching players gambling after it received a complaint about a controversial casino trailer.
Earlier this week, publisher 2K released a trailer for NBA 2K20 on YouTube that highlighted casino-style elements in the game, such as a slot machine mini-game and a wheel of fortune mini-game.
The trailer, which also highlighted the game’s loot box systems, was roundly criticised. 2K later unlisted the video, which has received 16,000 dislikes. Comments include: “This looks and sounds like I’m watching a casino ad,” and, “This is legit gambling. They aren’t even trying to hide it anymore.”