eSports The 2K basketball simulator, protagonist again for its controversial practices
When we think of sports games, titles like FIFA, PES, Formula 1, WWE, Madden … but especially NBA come to mind. 2K Sports games are, every year, the most acclaimed titles by both players and fans of the best basketball in the world.
However, despite being one of the best selling games every year, 2K Sports goes from polmica to polmica due to the various ways in which they try to profit even more. And the latter brings one of the most annoying to all fans of the saga.
Sports and advertisements go hand in hand, it is something we are used to and it does not bother anyone to see advertising on the court or on the players' shirts. NBA 2K20 has gone one step further, introducing ads that we cannot skip between each match. The user Boostmiester shared a capture of these ads on Reddit.
I just got my first UNSKIPPABLE AD on NBA2K20 from r / NBA2k
We could argue that, being on a loading screen, it does not bother too much since at that time we must wait anyway. However, even when the game has loaded, the ad will continue until it ends, without us being able to start playing or doing anything about it.
At the moment, since 2K Sports they have not given any type of declaration in this regard, so it is not known if the complaints will be able to remove said ads from the games. At the moment, the only way to get rid of them is to disable the 2KTV function. This allows us to see real-world league content within the video game. This solution is perfect in a season that is over, because we will not receive more news or news from the real league. Since the season has just begun, deactivating this option deprives us of very interesting content.
This practice, however, is not new to the franchise. In the previous title, 2K19, we could see how they started using this strategy once the game had been in the market for a while. Certainly an offer appeared on the Nintendo eShop that NBA 2K19 offered us for only 3 dollars, with the disadvantage that we will see an announcement before each match. To further fuel the policy, many players reported receiving these ads in the versions for which they paid up to $ 60.
Mandatory ads are not a practice that is bad in itself. Many games and developers are financed through these, mainly in mobile games. The real problem comes when a company tries to abuse these in one of the best selling games of the year (and the most sold in the United States). With a price of $ 60 and several microtransactions, it is more than obvious that these types of ads are not born of necessity, and that is where the real problem lies.