NBA 2K16 Players Furious Over Deal Gone Wrong

In 2014, 2K Sports promised that if their NBA2K Twitter account ever reached one million followers that players would receive a sweet bonus. Well, that day has finally arrived, and the bonus is...not sweet.

The original promise, dated May 30, 2014, was:

NBA 2K16 Players Furious Over Deal Gone Wrong

@NBA2K's original tweet, dated May 30, 2014. Well, the account ticked over one million this week, and 2K did indeed make a release. Only, it wasn't a Diamond player (guys like Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson), the rarest and best players you can get for your MyTeam side.

Instead, everyone got a locker code (essentially the in-game term for content you unlock with a code). Redeeming that locker code got you a random in-game item. Some people were lucky and got something decent! Most folks did not. Here, for example, is what I got:

NBA 2K16 Players Furious Over Deal Gone Wrong

Womp. A t-shirt. Great. Thanks.

So what gives? Well, turns out the deal was off. Back in December, NBA 2K's community guru Ronnie 2K tweeted this at a fan who was asking about the offer:

Being a reply at one guy, though, and not a blanket statement, it was easily missed by the community. And is still being missed! The NBA 2K account isn't tied to one game, it's for the entire series, so the original deal is still visible to anyone who is linked to it or is searching for it, listed under an account called NBA 2K 2K16.

Today, the air started coming out of the offer for everyone unaware of that December news with the wording of this tweet on the game's official account:

There'd still be a reward for one million followers, just like everyone expected. Only it was no longer a Diamond player, just a random code with a chance at a Diamond player. So of course, some people got lucky! Ronnie 2K's Twitter account for the day, for example, is full of people having opened their random item to find players like Steph Curry and James Harden.

Most folks, though, got random junk. And they're pissed. Aside from venting displeasure on forums, a Twitter backlash has started up on #Unfollow2K, which has since driven the account's follower count back under the one million mark.

NBA 2K16 Players Furious Over Deal Gone Wrong

Unhappy customers. Is 2K legally in the right here? Who knows. Probably. Maybe. That offer was indeed made in 2014 while the Twitter account was still called NBA 2K 2K14.

But whether it's technically a backdown or not, in terms of looking after your community, this has been a disaster, because for most players that's exactly how it's been perceived: as a backdown. A Switcheroo. The original tweet said nothing about limiting the count to just that year's game. It just said if that account got one million followers, people would get a Diamond player. And that account got one million followers earlier this week.

I'm sure there's a good reason 2K decided on this course of action. Maybe giving everyone such a good player would screw up the balance of the game. Maybe it would mess with its economy. Maybe both. But surely that's less damage than what they're surveying today, with their most loyal fans — those still playing the game so many months after release — in such an uproar.


Comments

    Has the time lapsed (guessing it has) as i completely forgot to do the code.

    that was for 2K14

    So, why aren't they giving out Diamond players on 2K14 then?

      Are the 2K14 servers even still up? Don't they regularly retire these games to keep people buying the latest?

    "I’m sure there’s a good reason 2K decided on this course of action. Maybe giving everyone such a good player would screw up the balance of the game. Maybe it would mess with its economy. Maybe both."

    All things that they really should have been aware of before making such a ridiculous promise. A desire for short-term gain trumps long-term planning once again.

    A t-shirt. Great. Thanks

    Does the t-shirt at least say "The NBA2K Twitter account hit 1 million followers and all I got was this stupid t-shirt"?

    Last edited 25/03/16 12:40 am

    Havent bought 2k16 yet but i assume its easier to get diamond guys buy using real cash money, why do they keep killing gaming for me! Greeeeedy

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