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NBA 2K19 Pro-Am Features Private Matchmaking, Earn Badges in Both Private and Public Games

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NBA 2K19 Pro-Am Features Private Matchmaking, Earn Badges in Both Private and Public Games

During the NBA 2K League Finals, Ronnie announced NBA 2K19 will feature private matchmaking. Check out more details below.

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  1. JUSTlFIED
    Curious as to how they are going to account for boosting.

    No rep, no XP, no nothing but playing the game.
    This is good for created 2k Leagues and playing against friend's squads.
    Chemthethriller
    No rep, no XP, no nothing but playing the game.
    This is good for created 2k Leagues and playing against friend's squads.

    If you saw the tweets above my post you will be able to gain badge progress, and xp of some kind in these matches
    OfficialQbN
    This is excellent news. Absolutely excellent. It frees up scrimmages and now people wont back out of matchmaking because they can match up in private...

    they need to make backing out of pro am games a insta L now and pro am will have made vast improvements in their flawed ranking system, if any of you think those 90% win percentages these past couple years were legit records LOL, i'm og i know the best crews in 2k history could only maintain 75% win percentages, how the win percentage jump 20% haha that head scracher has me laughing at these 2k league frauds, that dont even know how to use the SKILL-stick to dribble a basketball
    oh my god
    yes
    now I guess I am wondering, sounds like they're going to nerf the amount of xp/badge progress we make in games? I wasn't sure what they referred to as boosting --- I am assuming it's friends helping each other out, not us buying temporary attribute upgrades
    Earn badges and progress in private matches??? lol why is that even in there. should of just left it at private matches..nothing should be earned in that period.
    nyk_fatboy
    Earn badges and progress in private matches??? lol why is that even in there. should of just left it at private matches..nothing should be earned in that period.

    Yes, it should.
    Why should we earn progress for park, walk-on, and regular team Pro-Am, but not for private matches? There's no difference other than giving us an option that should've been in the game already. The badge grind is long no matter how you go about it. I don't see that hurting anything. Like was suggested, they could cap the progress in those type of games or something like that.
    I've got more than 9 other people i play with on the regular. Can you imagine trying to keep these party chats separate? If only psn allowed 10 people in a party. Either way, this is definitely a welcome addition. You should absolutely earn progress otherwise we're better off playing everything else. Day one when everyone is on those are going to be the best/worst games we've ever played. We'll all be so terrible at the game it will be amazing.
    Pappy Knuckles
    Yes, it should.
    Why should we earn progress for park, walk-on, and regular team Pro-Am, but not for private matches? There's no difference other than giving us an option that should've been in the game already. The badge grind is long no matter how you go about it. I don't see that hurting anything. Like was suggested, they could cap the progress in those type of games or something like that.

    ya seem like a person who knows why people dont want progress in private matches, but you totally neglect the issue why people dont like, potential for boosters to exploit the system, ya seem like you just wanna boost badges in pro am sorry
    ph33
    oh my god
    yes
    now I guess I am wondering, sounds like they're going to nerf the amount of xp/badge progress we make in games? I wasn't sure what they referred to as boosting --- I am assuming it's friends helping each other out, not us buying temporary attribute upgrades

    i would cap rep at like 10k then i'd love to see the boosters try and boost with their friends day 1 in private pro am
    ph33
    My guess is that everything in private will give you 1/2 or 1/4 of the normal xp you would get playing pub games

    i'd rather just put a hard cap on how much rep ya can get, cheesers will eventually find a way to progress faster in private than public
    4xChamp
    ya seem like a person who knows why people dont want progress in private matches, but you totally neglect the issue why people dont like, potential for boosters to exploit the system, ya seem like you just wanna boost badges in pro am sorry

    Don't presume to think you know me or what I want. I'm not one of these children that you play in the park. I just enjoy playing competitive basketball online and other than 1 vs. 1 games, running Pro-Am with the squad is my favorite way to do that.
    If people want to cheat the system, boost, or whatever you want to call it, they're going to find a way. I see no harm in allowing us to get some sort of progress for any time we spend using our character, even if it's capped in some way. There should be more concern about whether 2K has improved its gameplay mechanics to stop garbage tactics and not whether I gain 2% of progress towards a badge.
    I could cry, it's about damn time *LeBron voice*. But seriously, I'm just glad that there's no more hoping and praying that you randomly match up against others by pressing a button at the same time & other weird methods.
    Pro am tryouts are going to be smooth now
    Also ppl on the same team going at it to practice will be crazy. Scrimmages between your real team and your practice team will finally be possible.
    I may actually get back in pro am if this is as smooth as they say
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    4xChamp
    i would cap rep at like 10k then i'd love to see the boosters try and boost with their friends day 1 in private pro am

    Even if you cap it at 10,000 there will be some no life dudes doing it. Remember you only need 6 to start a game. All 6 dudes cheese and make sure they get 10,000 and in 20 games that’s 200,000 badge XP and you’re at your HOF badge already
    I assume they will catch boosters by examining unrealistic box scores. Dropping 80 once won’t hurt you but say you do it 10 games in a row. Ban city
    Unrealistic scores will also probably do it. It’s impossible for a team actually trying to give up 130+ points. Iv never seen it in my 1000 pro am games iv never heard of it and it never happened in the 2k league.
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    Housh123
    Even if you cap it at 10,000 there will be some no life dudes doing it. Remember you only need 6 to start a game. All 6 dudes cheese and make sure they get 10,000 and in 20 games that’s 200,000 badge XP and you’re at your HOF badge already
    I assume they will catch boosters by examining unrealistic box scores. Dropping 80 once won’t hurt you but say you do it 10 games in a row. Ban city
    Unrealistic scores will also probably do it. It’s impossible for a team actually trying to give up 130+ points. Iv never seen it in my 1000 pro am games iv never heard of it and it never happened in the 2k league.
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    umm i threw a number like 10k cap out there, cause people usually get 15-25k rep in a pro am game, even if they boost to that cap all day every game, they will not out pace the people who rep up with out a cap on it in publics
    Why ruin a good idea and make this a pointless mode if you can't earn anything but VC? That's just like pro am on 16.
    If someone wants to grind to 99 only playing his friends and cheesing the CPU, how does that affect you?
    howardphillips214
    Why ruin a good idea and make this a pointless mode if you can't earn anything but VC? That's just like pro am on 16.
    If someone wants to grind to 99 only playing his friends and cheesing the CPU, how does that affect you?

    Not that i care.
    But i can imagine people powerboosting eachother this way in the first week and then take their hof equipped players to the public environment just to have an edge :)
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    Kleinevos
    Not that i care.
    But i can imagine people powerboosting eachother this way in the first week and then take their hof equipped players to the public environment just to have an edge :)
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    But those same tools ( whether i elect to use them in the same way) are available to me, correct?
    I am not sure how they’ll set this up but I don’t believe 2K should allow you to have badge progression in this mode. Just VC. I believe people will find some way to cheat the system. Just give VC that’s a little less than if you played ranked ProAm Games and call it a day.
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    Jrocc23
    I am not sure how they’ll set this up but I don’t believe 2K should allow you to have badge progression in this mode. Just VC. I believe people will find some way to cheat the system. Just give VC that’s a little less than if you played ranked ProAm Games and call it a day.
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    Already confirmed we will get badge progression which I think is nice
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    SeaTownGamer
    Already confirmed we will get badge progression which I think is nice
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    I know it’s confirmed but they was saying something like they’ll be able to monitor boosting. I am saying, I don’t think they should’ve added badge progression in Private matches. Only some VC.
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    howardphillips214
    But those same tools ( whether i elect to use them in the same way) are available to me, correct?
    You can't be this naive. You know full well that people are going to get together all their friends to boost and grind badges.
    Do you know how easy it would be to get the rim protector if your friends let you block their shot on every possession? You could easily get 100 blocks before the game was over.
    Do you know how easy it would be to get the dimer and catch/shoot badge if everyone else just rebounded the ball.
    Naw...they need a cap or restriction on what can be earned through private matches.
    Ehh, tbh, I don't see that much of a difference between boosting with friends and badge grinding against the AI on an easy difficulty. Just that one will put up a bit more of a resistance than the other.
    Difference is that we can now do it together instead of everybody doing their own thing in offline MyCareer which a lot of people don't want to do anyways.
    Sounds like they'll nerf how much you can get, so if people wanna get together and knock it out, I'm cool with that. We were all going to max our badges out anyways, one way or the other. As long as people aren't doing nonsense like somehow getting contact/elite packages on players who shouldn't have them.
    Also, if this means that people who want to play buddy ball stay away from stat/badge chasing in walk on games, then that's absolutely a win for the rest of us. I can see why it'd be bothersome, but once you get to 90 or so, progression comes to a crawl. If people wanna spend their year doing this lonely, droning grind amongst themselves...have at it, I guess.
    Got no issues with putting a daily cap on your earnings though.
    I honestly don’t think it’s gonna be that big of a deal. I think it’s gonna be harder to try to get at least 5 other friends to play 30 minutes to badge grind. I’m pretty sure it’s gonna be a much easier way to badge grind once the game comes out.
    This is definitely 2K repainting and old car and calling it new, seeing as this has been a necessity to the Pro-Am iteration. Glad we will finally have this available at our leisure and fitted to those that want to enjoy a good classic 5 on 5.
    AlexanderShabazz
    This is definitely 2K repainting and old car and calling it new, seeing as this has been a necessity to the Pro-Am iteration. Glad we will finally have this available at our leisure and fitted to those that want to enjoy a good classic 5 on 5.

    We've never had private matchmaking, this is the first year ever in a 2k game.
    ph33
    Ehh, tbh, I don't see that much of a difference between boosting with friends and badge grinding against the AI on an easy difficulty. Just that one will put up a bit more of a resistance than the other.
    Difference is that we can now do it together instead of everybody doing their own thing in offline MyCareer which a lot of people don't want to do anyways.
    Sounds like they'll nerf how much you can get, so if people wanna get together and knock it out, I'm cool with that. We were all going to max our badges out anyways, one way or the other. As long as people aren't doing nonsense like somehow getting contact/elite packages on players who shouldn't have them.
    Also, if this means that people who want to play buddy ball stay away from stat/badge chasing in walk on games, then that's absolutely a win for the rest of us. I can see why it'd be bothersome, but once you get to 90 or so, progression comes to a crawl. If people wanna spend their year doing this lonely, droning grind amongst themselves...have at it, I guess.
    Got no issues with putting a daily cap on your earnings though.

    Exactly... Anyone who wants to play with their friends and have them dunk on them to level badges go right ahead. That sounds boring as crap.
    Even if you put a cap on it or slash earnings they're STILL just going to grind my career anyways. Why not just trust the "honor code" for once. Sure... Some people are going to abuse it. Shouldn't ruin it for the rest of us who just want to play 5 on 5 with friends.
    howardphillips214
    Exactly... Anyone who wants to play with their friends and have them dunk on them to level badges go right ahead. That sounds boring as crap.
    Even if you put a cap on it or slash earnings they're STILL just going to grind my career anyways. Why not just trust the "honor code" for once. Sure... Some people are going to abuse it. Shouldn't ruin it for the rest of us who just want to play 5 on 5 with friends.

    Fools don't have honor in regular matches against live people. Why would anyone think they'll "follow the rules" in a private match?
    What am I missing? Why are people acting like boosting is not a big deal? Why people acting like people won't boost, because it's "boring"?
    Hello! The act of boosting is boring in ANY game. What passes the time is doing it with friends. Duh! Personally, I think it's pretty generous of 2K Sports to allow any progression in private matches.
    Also, I'm not sure how private matches will work---will it require a certain number of people?
    At the most, two people can get a badge at the same time. What are the other 1-3 people going to be doing? And if one side is trying to get an offensive badge, then the other side won't be getting a defensive badge. And then there's the thing where you might have AI guarding you if the game isn't full, so things aren't as easy to abuse
    I don't think it'll be rampant and too easily abused for those reasons
    ksuttonjr76
    Fools don't have honor in regular matches against live people. Why would anyone think they'll "follow the rules" in a private match?
    What am I missing? Why are people acting like boosting is not a big deal? Why people acting like people won't boost, because it's "boring"?
    Hello! The act of boosting is boring in ANY game. What passes the time is doing it with friends. Duh! Personally, I think it's pretty generous of 2K Sports to allow any progression in private matches.

    People definitely gonna do it---I guess my main point is that I don't think it'll be *that* effective where it ruins the experience for the rest of us. I do agree that they were generous to allow progression in these, and yall know damn well that's the first and last time I will put 2k and generous in the same sentence lol
    Besides....There are so many trash players out there who got all the badges and attributes but they can't play a lick when they face good competition.
    ksuttonjr76
    Fools don't have honor in regular matches against live people. Why would anyone think they'll "follow the rules" in a private match?
    What am I missing? Why are people acting like boosting is not a big deal? Why people acting like people won't boost, because it's "boring"?
    Hello! The act of boosting is boring in ANY game. What passes the time is doing it with friends. Duh! Personally, I think it's pretty generous of 2K Sports to allow any progression in private matches.

    I’m with you that I hope it doesn’t allow for boosting. I hope they either cap badge progression and VC or remove it entirely. Most games I’ve played remove progression in private games so it wouldn’t be a departure from the norm.
    I don’t really mind them allowing progression, I’m just not a huge fan of it potentially accelerating the process. I can understand some would think it’s no worse than spamming moves in Rookie but I would rather there was less corny ways to progress than more. I get that people hate the grind but, without it, there might as well not be progression at all.
    I've destroyed higher rated players. None of my characters are over a 91. I'm just a 99 player behind the sticks.
    Let them have their advantage. It's fine. See me on the court with my 79 I'll still tear you down. Lmfao
    howardphillips214
    I've destroyed higher rated players. None of my characters are over a 91. I'm just a 99 player behind the sticks.
    Let them have their advantage. It's fine. See me on the court with my 79 I'll still tear you down. Lmfao

    That’s against weaker players. I get that. Ratings are only a piece of the picture. But everything else being equal, a player with better ratings/badges has an advantage and it’s not insignificant. A good player with a high rating and max badges has a decent edge over a good player with a low rating and less badges.
    Either way we still have some more info to digest before we know how things really are. Isn't difficulty modifier a potential change for badges too? (More XP on harder difficulties to be clear)
    For all we know these private games will give you 1/4 of what you normally get and that's basically harmless
    I think last year, walk on/PA gave you most, then park, then career games. maybe career and park is switched around
    People are paying other people to get their badges boosted, accounts are being sold..
    And you want to rely on the ‘honour code’?
    Come on bro :)
    Idc if you can get progress or not in this mode, but its naive to Think it wont be abused af
    Like they say in jurassic park: the community fonds a way :D
    I'm cool with boosting, the grind takes way way way way way way waaaaaaay too long as is. There are people who have bots hit the gatorade gym for them, there are people who get 250 points on rookie, I dont see how this will be that much more effective than anything else. I'm fine with it
    triplechin
    I'm cool with boosting, the grind takes way way way way way way waaaaaaay too long as is. There are people who have bots hit the gatorade gym for them, there are people who get 250 points on rookie, I dont see how this will be that much more effective than anything else. I'm fine with it

    And from the sound of things the grind is gonna be even longer in 19. I've read badges are harder to obtain this year. Not looking forward to that at all.
    Korrupted
    And from the sound of things the grind is gonna be even longer in 19. I've read badges are harder to obtain this year. Not looking forward to that at all.

    Oh no where did you read that? I really hope not... :jpshakehe
    Korrupted
    And from the sound of things the grind is gonna be even longer in 19. I've read badges are harder to obtain this year. Not looking forward to that at all.
    God, I hope not! If that's true, I'm going to take back everything I said earlier and start a booster club myself.
    Whatever it is, if there's that training thing, I hope we don't have to exit the gym and talk to some loser and re-enter for one extra session
    I get we didn't HAVE to do it, but it was there for us, and extra annoying lol
    ksuttonjr76
    Fools don't have honor in regular matches against live people. Why would anyone think they'll "follow the rules" in a private match?
    What am I missing? Why are people acting like boosting is not a big deal? Why people acting like people won't boost, because it's "boring"?
    Hello! The act of boosting is boring in ANY game. What passes the time is doing it with friends. Duh! Personally, I think it's pretty generous of 2K Sports to allow any progression in private matches.

    I agree. Like I said, I don’t think it should be in just like I feel like gaining badges on rookie difficulty should be adjusted somehow. You should be rewarded for playing on a tougher level and doing well. Even though I feel 2K tried combating people playing on rookie by removing it.
    I wouldn’t say it’s a big deal but it could be if it’s not implemented well and people can really boost and get badges fast especially since earning badges is easier this year. I just do not agree with the decision for badge progression when playing in private. Any online based games I’ve played hasn’t allowed weapon progression or perks or something similar that carries over to when you play regular online games against randoms that I can think of.
    Korrupted
    And from the sound of things the grind is gonna be even longer in 19. I've read badges are harder to obtain this year. Not looking forward to that at all.

    Watching Chris Smooves video or maybe it was on Twitch, pretty sure he said the opposite.
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    Jrocc23
    I agree. Like I said, I don’t think it should be in just like I feel like gaining badges on rookie difficulty should be adjusted somehow. You should be rewarded for playing on a tougher level and doing well. Even though I feel 2K tried combating people playing on rookie by removing it.
    I wouldn’t say it’s a big deal but it could be if it’s not implemented well and people can really boost and get badges fast especially since earning badges is easier this year. I just do not agree with the decision for badge progression when playing in private. Any online based games I’ve played hasn’t allowed weapon progression or perks or something similar that carries over to when you play regular online games against randoms that I can think of.
    Watching Chris Smooves video or maybe it was on Twitch, pretty sure he said the opposite.
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    Come on J... Feel me for a second.
    You're forgetting the fact that we can play straight up and get badges too. Why throw the baby out with the bath water?
    If you weren't on Xbox we'd have been wrecking a long time ago... Lmfao roll with the kid once you'll see how i move. Used to say i was a pass first pint guard. Now I'm just an all around player. Can play 1-5 effectively.
    Point is... If they STILL can't beat you after cheating, cheesing, boostung, what have you... It's so much sweeter.
    howardphillips214
    Come on J... Feel me for a second.
    You're forgetting the fact that we can play straight up and get badges too. Why throw the baby out with the bath water?
    If you weren't on Xbox we'd have been wrecking a long time ago... Lmfao roll with the kid once you'll see how i move. Used to say i was a pass first pint guard. Now I'm just an all around player. Can play 1-5 effectively.
    Point is... If they STILL can't beat you after cheating, cheesing, boostung, what have you... It's so much sweeter.

    All you do is brag about how great you are everywhere. You don't even play comp pro am.
    On topic: boosting was always a thing in 2K and Zach explicitly said there's measures to counter boosting through the private matchmaking. I imagine there'll be a cap of some kind. If you got your 10 players, there'll be like a max of four players able to boost, what's the rest going to do? It's going to take much longer than just playing mycareer or regular park.
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