Deceptive Trade Practice

Are Streaming Services Exploiting Viewers with Gambling Promotion and other Bad Practices? We Investigate.

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In July of this year, a series of leaked Discord DMs revealed that the online gambling website Duelbits had apparently offered Twitch streamer Adin Ross between $1.4 million and $1.6 million a month to stream the site’s slots gameplay on his channel. This leak, among others, showcases the recent rise of “crypto-casinos,” websites that allow […]

Deceptive Trade Practice

Entertainment Software Rating Board Deceptive Trade Practices Investigation

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Migliaccio & Rathod LLP is currently investigating the Electronic Software Rating Board (ESRB) for deceptive trade practices. The ESRB has rated NBA 2k20 “E for Everyone” despite the game’s use of gambling mechanics, including simulated slot machines, pachinko, and roulette. According to the review board’s criteria, simulated gambling mechanics can be expected in video games […]

Deceptive Trade Practice

Are Some Video Game Publishers Exploiting Gamers with Loot Boxes and Other Bad Practices? We Investigate.

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In recent years the video game industry has been monetizing games far beyond the initial purchase price. Payment schemes like downloadable content and season passes allow publishers and developers to add post-release content for their games, sometimes for years. Some increasingly prevalent monetization practices, however, are predatory and unfair. We are interested in hearing from […]