Parents in the US have filed a class-action lawsuit against gaming platform Roblox, accusing the company of illegally facilitating child gambling. The lawsuit alleges that Roblox directed children to third-party gambling sites that use Roblox's virtual currency for games of chance like blackjack and roulette. The parents claim that their children lost thousands of Roblox's virtual currency on these websites without their knowledge. While gambling is not allowed on Roblox itself, the lawsuit argues that the company has full knowledge of and control over these third-party gambling sites.
Roblox's virtual currency, called Robux, is available for purchase on the platform's website. It sells 800 Robux for $9.99, with discounts offered for larger amounts of the currency. Roblox stated that the gambling sites involved are not affiliated with the company and that they make illegal use of Roblox's intellectual property.
Although Roblox has received positive reviews, it has faced criticism in the past for moderation issues and accusations of exploitative practices towards children. The company has pledged to combat entities that violate their policies and endanger the safety of their community.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of two mothers, Rachel Colvin and Danielle Sass, whose children have gambled on third-party websites using Roblox's virtual currency. The case is pending in the Northern District of California.