MLB 2K11 $1 Million Contest Nearing its Start

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Posted March 31st, 2011 at 4:45 pm

The opportunity to win $1 million by throwing a perfect game in MLB 2K11 begins tomorrow at noon eastern. Practically the whole marketing campaign for 2K11 has focused on the contest but interest appears significantly lower than last year where the winner pulled off the feat on the first day the game was out. Make sure to read through all the rules to make sure any attempts being made actually qualify.

The hope was that a patch addressing various bugs and AI issues would be delivered before the contest began but that won’t be the case. Just yesterday it was stated that 2K Sports is still “continuing to collect feedback” at this point which means a patch is still at a minimum several weeks away. Given the loss the company takes on the series and their track record with titles that aren’t selling well it is fair to question whether one will be delivered at all. 

I made a comment on Twitter yesterday regarding how frustrations could rise as consumers try to pitch a perfect game only to find their efforts spoiled by one of the many bugs present in the game. 2K11 is plagued by issues that could potentially scrub a run being made at the accomplishment and force restarts. A few responses raised the question of whether this could lead to lawsuits and that is interesting to examine.

There is certainly the possibility that someone will be on the way to a perfect game only to have something like the HR wall glitch occur and ruin it. That glitch in particular was identified first in the demo and remains still. The thing to remember is everyone out there will be recording their attempts so all of it will be on film. Though any lawsuits may not hold much merit or have much chance of winning it would not be surprising to see them rise out of this.

A big change for this year is that the contest begins on April 1st rather than release day. The issues with the game are well publicized and the company had time to fix at least some of them and chose not to (or simply couldn’t do so) in time. That puts consumers in a position where they could point to 2K Sports being at fault rather than just a freak incident that could take place really in any video game. It is them after all that have put the product out in this condition and have turned the significant prize into their main sales pitch.

Regardless it is unfortunate that 2K did not get a patch out for the game by now, and their actions thus far don’t exhibit much confidence for future post-release support. Good luck to those who do spend the time trying to pull off a perfect game while facing the obstacles along the way.

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  • hoff

    funny how they cant even get people to buy the game with a million bucks on the line. theyd prob be better off doing a bunch of smaller contests so people feel like they have a chance to win something. think how many would play if they gave away like 5k a day for doing certain things.

  • hoff

    funny how they cant even get people to buy the game with a million bucks on the line. theyd prob be better off doing a bunch of smaller contests so people feel like they have a chance to win something. think how many would play if they gave away like 5k a day for doing certain things.

  • Richie

    I actually bought the game thinking Id do the contest when it came around. Once I played it and found all its problems I took it back for a refund. Its not worth waiting around when the game’s value will be nothing in a couple weeks.

  • Ebbio

    its 2k sports what do you expect lol. they only care about nba 2k and sooner or later thats all they will have

    • http://twitter.com/WWOFTBBNR Phil

      If you listen to half the people on this site they still make the best football game ever.

      • tish

        because it’s true…

  • Gamer

    Im still waiting for a patch to the NBA Elite demo… Its either try to play basketball or attend Mass with Pastor Bynum at center court? Let alone getting roster updates for NBA Jam…Or a patch for NCAA Basketball 10….

    • tish

      wait a minute, you’re trying to tell me that ea does a shitty job supporting their games postrelease? but aren’t they like a billion times bigger company than 2k? but i thought madden got like 10 patches to make it even more awesomer than it already was? It can’t possibly be true…

  • Softoside

    sad state of things. hurry back MVP!

  • Softoside

    sad state of things. hurry back MVP!

  • SS

    What do u mean a patch for NBA Elite? That will never come out. The game is never coming out. So who cares about the demo

  • Loppifo

    lol this game sucks even for amilion bucks

  • Donnie

    This game and it’s entire crew are pathetic.. Do not buy this game its horrific!!!

  • DatMonKey

    Friend just completed the challenge last night.

    http://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll255/Manolo2Fresh/204515_10100336792861252_5131870_56372867_8302935_o.jpg

    DVD has been next day aired. Time to wait for verification…

  • DatMonKey

    Friend just completed the challenge last night.

    http://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll255/Manolo2Fresh/204515_10100336792861252_5131870_56372867_8302935_o.jpg

    DVD has been next day aired. Time to wait for verification…

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