European age-rating organisation PEGI has clarified its position on the gambling-style features depicted in the latest NBA 2K20 trailer.
The MyTeam trailer -- which depicted slot machines, pachinko machines, and a wheel of fortune -- attracted criticism from across the games industry when it released last week.
Despite the obvious similarities to real-world gambling, NBA 2K20 did not meet the requirements for a higher age-rating.
As explained in the email, gambling imagery is "not the same as teaching how to gamble for money in a casino."
This distinction under current PEGI guidelines prevent the organisation from applying the gambling descriptor.
"The games industry is evolving constantly (and rapidly in recent years)," reads the email.
"As a rating organisation, we need to ensure that these developments are reflected in our classification criteria.
"We do not base our decisions on the content of a single trailer, but we will properly assess how the rating system (and the video games industry in general) should address these concerns."
Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz, a source close to the matter said PEGI was considering new options that could more appropriately capture the complexities of this problem.