NBA 2K Players Say They Have been scammed out of "At Least $215,000" NBA 2K, a virtual basketball game for PC, PS4, Nintendo Switch and Xbox, allows gamers to chat with and play against strangers and friends using in-game voice chat and multiplayer modes online.
In the last month, using the hashtag #givetheirmoneyback, players alleged that prominent figure in the community of @StepBackRack (who has 3,600 Twitch followers and is also known popularly as "Rack") made off with several hundred thousand dollars from the Australian and New Zealand community, in what appears to be an investment scam. It is believed that another gamer known as @Raangee was associated with the scam.
Tyceno, a YouTuber and streamer, was the first person to expose the fraud. He persuaded young gamers to hand over hundreds of dollars in exchange for thousands more. "I have good reason to believe that @StepBackRack may be the man behind a huge illegal pyramid scheme, which was discovered within the NBA 2K community, in which over $200,000 was stolen from vulnerable victims believing they could 'flip' the money they had," Tyceno wrote.
It's unclear what the exact circumstances were. Rack or Raangee were aware of the scam , or if their accounts were compromised. We've tried contacting the two of them multiple times but to no avail.
Tyceno and others who were alleged victims told us how "Rack" was able to reach out via voice chat to a range of gamers in the age group. (NBA 2K's terms of service prohibit the use of the service to unlawful purposes, commercial purposes or to gamble on other people. 2K The publisher of NBA 2K, has not answered to multiple requests for comment.