GreenPark Sports announced that it has signed a multi-year partnership with the National Basketball Association to engage sports fans in a free-to-play mobile game played over the top of sporting events representing their favorite team. The company previously signed a similar agreement with the North American League of Legends Championship Series (LCS). The game is set to launch for both the NBA and LCS in early 2021.
One of the more exciting moments for a first-time professional basketball player is when they finally learn their official NBA 2K ratings. HoopsHype spoke to Mike Stauffer, who serves as a producer on the product development side of the video game, to learn more about this process. His group works with the game-play team to decide the official ratings of all players included on NBA rosters.
“Every rating is a projection and when there is less sample size, it is going to be trickier to nail those projections,” said Stauffer. “Even general manager and coaches have trouble figuring out who the best player to take is when it comes to the draft.”
Stauffer said that ratings are mostly based on statistics recorded in college or overseas. He said that, like front offices, developers watch tons of in-game footage and study in-depth breakdowns to make everything as accurate as possible.