NBA 2K is among the most popular sports simulation games. It is third to FIFA and Madden. The popularity of the NBA, the game's online community, realistic gameplay, and online play all make this game popular.
According to statistics published on Statista, NBA 2K series ranks 5th in the list of best-selling video game franchises and titles worldwide as of November 2021. The series has sold 118 million units.
Why is NBA 2K popular?
Well, several reasons explain NBA 2K's popularity.
Basketball and NBA's popularity
NBA 2K is popular because basketball is popular worldwide. According to World Atlas, basketball has close to a billion fans. With NBA being the most prestigious league, definitely, NBA 2K will have fans. Furthermore, the fact that NBA Live was disbanded also gives NBA 2K the edge as it's the only dominant basketball franchise in the esports scene.
Realism close to the real deal
Another reason for NBA 2K's popularity is the realism the developers have injected into the franchise. It is among the most realistic sports simulation esport games. It emulates the NBA and several other top-tier basketball leagues and features real-life players and competitions. In addition, there are recognizable faces of athletes and realistic interactions, from dribbling, skill moves, to body contact.
Online NBA 2K communities
The online NBA 2K communities also contribute to the game's popularity. There is an official NBA 2K forum where players can interact. Besides the official forum, NBA 2K fans can interact on other forums such as Reddit, Steam Discussions, IGN boards, GameFAQs, and ResetEra, just to mention a few. Online communities trigger the buzz and hype of video games.
NBA 2K online play
Online play is a great feature that enables players to compete remotely online. NBA 2K has online play, so players from different regions can link up and compete. Online play has been key in the popularity of NBA 2K, but unfortunately, NBA 2K servers will be shut on December 31, 2021.
NBA 2K mobile
NBA 2K is also available on mobile enabling fans of this sports simulator game to play it while on the go. The role of NBA 2K Mobile in the franchise's popularity can't be ignored.