Roblox faces class-action suit over minors’ gambling with its in-game currency Robux

Robux transactions on external platforms remain within Roblox's framework without being converted to other currencies.

Roblox is facing a class-action lawsuit alleging that it enables minors to engage in gambling activities using its in-game currency, Robux, on third-party gambling websites. 

The suit, brought forth by a law firm representing concerned parents in California, US, specifically mentions Satozuki, Studs, and RBLXWild as third-party platforms that permit bets with Robux.

The lawsuit claims that Roblox plays a role in facilitating these gambling activities by allowing tracking of bets, executing transactions, and enabling wagering within digital casinos, all within the Roblox ecosystem.

The legal action suggests that Robux transactions on these external platforms are not converted to other currencies, thus keeping them entrenched within Roblox's framework. The lawsuit further asserts that Roblox profits from these transactions, pocketing a 30% share of Robux transactions. 

Roblox's response to the lawsuit has been that gambling sites have no official association with the company and are prohibited by its terms of use and community standards.

In a statement made for media outlet Decrypt, Roblox's representative mentioned that the company employs procedures to investigate and eliminate such websites, and in some cases, involves law enforcement.

This lawsuit might set a precedent for the relationship between metaverse gambling and corporate accountability for user activities involving digital currencies. One of the sites, RBLXWild, implicated in the lawsuit has reportedly been acquired by Bloxmoon.

This platform allows deposits in cryptocurrency and provides scant information about its creators and ownership. Furthermore, age verification measures for users are conspicuously absent.

Recent reports reveal that minors have been using Robux for gambling on other platforms like Bloxflip, owned by Studs. Livestreams of these gambling endeavors have been found on Discord.

The lawsuit prompts questions regarding Roblox's potential liability for its users' conduct within its metaverse. Peter Bryce, a consultant for a crypto firm, suggests that Roblox could be held responsible under California law if its platform is deemed liable for private actions in the metaverse.

The lawsuit's implications extend to discussions on metaverse gambling's legality and corporate responsibility over user activities linked to digital currencies like Robux.

As legal proceedings unfold, the outcome could significantly impact the landscape of online gaming platforms and their regulation of user interactions.

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Written by Silvia Pavlof

Silvia has explored various forms of writing, ranging from content creation for social media to crafting movie scripts. Drawing on her experience as a journalist specializing in the gambling sector, she is currently investigating the impact of cryptocurrencies and blockchain on traditional gambling and iGaming.