One of the most hotly debated topics with sports video games has always been the ratings of players.
NBA 2K has emerged over the past few years as a legitimate contender to Madden as the sports world’s most popular video game.
In a recent interview, community manager, Ronnie Singh, better known as Ronnie2K, talked about what all goes into coming up with these player ratings.
“The ratings have always been a very contentious subject because at the end of the day it’s a number, and everybody expects themselves to be the best of the best. So everybody wants to be a 99, and there’s only one 99 in the game, ’95-96 Michael Jordan. We use a ton of formulas, a ton of algorithms, a ton of discussion. So this year LeBron James is a 96 and then everyone kind of falls in line right under him. We used to have more 90’s in our game, our ratings just generally were higher, and we felt like that it didn’t create enough wiggle room to build. We have some really smart people working on the ratings team.”
It was a good move by NBA 2K last year to have there be less 99 overalls. This year, with just one 99 overall being the 1995-96 Michael Jordan player of course makes a lot of sense. And after last year’s NBA Finals, it’s no surprise that LeBron checks in with the highest rating amongst current players.
This year leading up to the release of the game, NBA players have been revealing their own NBA 2K17 ratings via Twitter. Ronnie2K has been leading the charge reaching out to players to see if they have been interested in doing this. He’s been pretty busy with this.
“A couple of hundred. Let me think about that for a second. There’s about 450 players in the league and not all of them are interested. The problem with so many asking is it takes a lot to pull the rating, making sure that everybody has seen it and is comfortable going out. So it’s kind of queued up. We are very passionate about we’re doing. It was quite a queue and it grows every single year. We’ve been doing the ratings thing for a while but this year there were so many requests. Last year there were like 100 and like I said this year there has been like 200.”
The good news for NBA 2K fans is that there will be ratings updates all throughout the season based on how players are performing in real life.