Gaming never comes without exploits, but the first NBA 2K24 ban wave has reportedly been arriving swiftly as the game becomes available worldwide. 2K appears to have their eyes specifically on boosting, but other prohibited actions may get stiffer reactions this year.
We've got the latest on the first NBA 2K24 ban waves around launch and exactly what 2K themselves has to say about actions that could result in a ban.
NBA 2K24 ban wave already arriving for boosting as 2K cracks down
If you build an entire micro-economy around a game, there are bound to be some people who will find ways to take advantage of that situation. It looks like NBA 2K24 bans could come swifter and more harshly than in recent years, as prominent leaker 2K Intel is reporting multiple waves of bans for boosting have already been handed out before the game is even available in every region for the worldwide launch.
There are several different actions that can violate the Code of Conduct laid down by 2K for players of NBA 2K24, but boosting may be one of the more controversial. This refers to multiple players with different accounts coordinating and manipulating the outcomes of online games in order to artificially and quickly boost progression.
It's possible that these methods were much easier to identify at this early stage of launch, but if 2K is already willing to deliver the first NBA 2K24 ban wave then players will want to think hard before attempting to engage in any prohibited actions.
Why players are banned in NBA 2K24 and how to get unbanned
The initial players banned from NBA 2K24 appear to be specific to boosting, but that's not the only thing that can result in a ban. General conduct such as toxic behavior or cheating can see players banned, but there are also a very specific list of prohibited behaviors.
Here are the NBA 2K24 bannable behaviors according to 2K Support and updated as recently as September 7, 2023:
- Purchasing, selling or transferring NBA 2K accounts to or from another player, including transferring accounts for the purpose of engaging in “grinding” services affecting account progression.
- Purchasing Virtual Currency (VC) from unauthorized third-party sellers/websites.
- Purchasing MyTEAM Points (MTP) from unauthorized third-party sellers/websites.
- VC farming and selling, including creating multiple accounts for the purpose of transferring and/or aggregating currency.
- MTP farming and selling, including creating multiple accounts for the purpose of transferring and/or aggregating currency.
- Purchasing, selling, or transferring MTP to or from another player or account
- Building or using bots in any form or fashion.
- Hacking or attempting to hack NBA 2K in any form or fashion.
- "Boosting” - Fraudulently altering progression by coordinating with other players to manipulate the outcomes of online games.
While all of these could result in a permanent ban, the consequences for boosting are a bit more specific. According to 2K Support, those found to be boosting "will be temporarily banned for 14 calendar days and lose all earned REP progress. Repeat offenders will face a permanent account ban."
If you've been banned in NBA 2K24 and feel that it's been done in error for any reason, you can contact Customer Service via 2K Support to submit a request to be unbanned.