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NBA 2K11 Servers to be Shut Down
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News of online servers for annual sports titles doesn't usually come as much as a surprise, but 2K Sports has confirmed that it's shutting down the servers on Visual Concepts' NBA 2K11 in mid-November after a mere 13 months of being active.

NBA 2K12 is still relatively fresh out of the gates, being in stores for just shy of a month and given its online issues, it could be that the majority of NBA fans are still enjoying NBA 2K11 online. This news of the game's servers being switched off might anger some fans.

NBA 2K11 also has unique online features like My Crew and Online Leagues, which NBA 2K12 doesn't, creating another reason for the NBA 2K faithful to get upset. The NBA 2K11 servers will be shutting down later this month, so get some time in with it while you still can.

[Via Game Informer | Thanks, Space Cadet]


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Comment #1 by nejvetsiborec
Friday, November 04, 2011 @ 08:40:36 AM
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EA? I hate them, but this is ever worse.

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Comment #2 by J Lo
Friday, November 04, 2011 @ 08:42:14 AM
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This is embarrassing and there's nothing more to be said about it. 13 months. That's fucking pitiful.

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Comment #3 by hydrosugar
Friday, November 04, 2011 @ 08:46:10 AM
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I did not expect that at all. That is completely absurd. They shouldn't do this at all really, but 13 months? I remember how many people were still playing fifa 10 when 11 was out, a lot. and 11 was flat out better. But the fact that 2k11 has unique features over 12 as well, i don't even...

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Comment #4 by Silentoblivion1
Friday, November 04, 2011 @ 08:46:42 AM
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this is prob the reason when I see a EA Sports game in a store I make sure I avoid it even if I do want it, unless it has no online achievements. If I really enjoy a game I do like to go for the achievements but I find it pointless if I can never completely finish it. Thats why I stopped playing NFS Carbon after a few days because I found out it couldn't be 1000g. I know cheevies aren't everything but like I said it shows the time and effort I put into the game.

Don't know why EA do it though, THQ's servers for Smackdown vs Raw 2007 are still active and I can imagine it's only boosters that play it online. And TNA iMPACT, no-one plays that yet can still be boosted online

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Comment #5 by JohnnyR74
Friday, November 04, 2011 @ 08:49:20 AM
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Holy crap. Do these not sell that well?

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Comment #6 by ebin
Friday, November 04, 2011 @ 08:49:50 AM
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@ #4 this isn't an EA game. Nice try though. EA servers last at least 2 years usually.

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Comment #7 by darthchimp182
Friday, November 04, 2011 @ 08:51:12 AM
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the downside to dedicated servers, i reckon they should atleast make it so when they do close these servers down, people can still host their own games, it's really sad to see these things in the news feed,

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Comment #8 by macd
Friday, November 04, 2011 @ 08:51:47 AM
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Is it impossible for them to kill the servers but then just allow people to play it P2P with a host? Keep it alive for those who want to keep playing it?

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Comment #9 by DJLight890
Friday, November 04, 2011 @ 08:52:36 AM
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That sucks. I loved NBA 2K11 and I didn't even get to play online(too obsessed with My Player mode).

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Comment #10 by Septic
Friday, November 04, 2011 @ 08:55:20 AM
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Probably to save on resources such as electricity and make people buy the new one. This is pretty vicious. Now lets see what the other companies do.

They have to recall all the copies of nba2k11 because of false advertising on the game and sleeve. Because there is no online multiplayer.

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Comment #11 by ModernSith2010
Friday, November 04, 2011 @ 08:56:46 AM
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thought this was 2k sport not ea

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Comment #12 by blkalleykat
Friday, November 04, 2011 @ 08:59:34 AM
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I'm guessing no is playing on the servers but they really should give more notice before shutting the servers down. At least a month or two

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Comment #13 by Septic
Friday, November 04, 2011 @ 09:02:19 AM
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A lot of people like comment 4 see something wrong and they blame EA for it.Without reading who made it.

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Comment #15 by RickyD31
Friday, November 04, 2011 @ 09:58:36 AM
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Shame on 2K!!! Please EA make another basketball game!!! the servers were very good. Lobby! it's so difficult?!

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Comment #16 by Caesar XI
Friday, November 04, 2011 @ 10:05:11 AM
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@14 well they should keep up and if they can't then shouldn't bring out so many crappy sport titles, because 13 month is appalling. Oh and by the way it is 2k not EA

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Comment #17 by BackerMan
Friday, November 04, 2011 @ 10:11:14 AM
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nba season this year will be cancelled for sure.

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Comment #18 by rrushn
Friday, November 04, 2011 @ 10:15:06 AM
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#4: Say buddy... where exactly do you see that EA game on this page ? I've been looking my ass off but I can't find it ! :x

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Comment #19 by Goldyman77
Friday, November 04, 2011 @ 10:27:18 AM
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This is quite a disgrace for only 13 months of activity. I beyond hate EA for what they do to their servers, however, for one mere case, 2K has taken the spotlight of money grubbing douchebag. Amazing to see at the end of the day how our $60+tax and DLC expenses (if we choose to pay for them) goes to total waste because the newest thing is out or because the company feels its a burden on their net income to allow us to get what we paid for!

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Comment #20 by MKLKT
Friday, November 04, 2011 @ 10:32:42 AM
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I really don't know why they can't set it up so that as soon as the dedicated servers are shut down a title update could be pushed to enable private matches with people on your friends list at a minimum with one being the host. This goes for all sports games with online modes.

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Comment #21 by the action frampton
Friday, November 04, 2011 @ 10:34:42 AM
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This shouldn't be happening if people still use the servers. I can understand if noone plays it but I should think a lot of people still play this for the leagues or whatever. Seems to be the bigger companies that shutdown servers too soon. Thank god not everyone does it.

They should be forcef to put a message on the boxes of the new games from now on; online play will only be available for 13 months or something.

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Comment #22 by fresh fish 101
Friday, November 04, 2011 @ 10:44:34 AM
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why on earth are people referencing EA games?!?! this has nothing to do with them... lol... oh, and begging EA to release another sports game IS getting quite desperate. 2K games will always be superior, online or not.

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Comment #23 by JDAckers
Friday, November 04, 2011 @ 10:46:50 AM
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Damn, I rented this and ran out of time so sent it back with about 330/1000, was going to pick it up on the cheap at some point. If I buy it now, by the time I get it, the servers will be gone... I guess thats more cheevos on the unachievable pile.
I do love how lots assumes that annual sports game + server shut down = EA. xD

2K are normally better, they still got Top Spin 2 servers working.

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Comment #24 by tspires01
Friday, November 04, 2011 @ 10:59:44 AM
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you act like this is surprising...they did this with 2k10. and when I asked them about it and they said they weren't in control of their own servers...Its the last time I will buy a 2k game

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Comment #25 by xXDUBERRYXx
Friday, November 04, 2011 @ 11:15:34 AM
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Well it's a basketball game so...who the fuck cares?

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Comment #26 by RickyMcG
Friday, November 04, 2011 @ 11:24:45 AM
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@25, quite obviously not you. I don't follow Basketball, but it's the principle.

That isn't to say there aren't people out there that still enjoy this game for the content that is in it. And considering they won't be able to play said content due to it not being in the latest addition, they have every right to be annoyed.

Such a shame really. They really need to sit down and think of alternate methods. Sure, shut down the servers but at least allow P2P as other people have mentioned so people who enjoy the game can continue doing so.

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Comment #27 by Bajan Elite
Friday, November 04, 2011 @ 11:39:49 AM
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Damn and i just got this for $5 from gamefly a month ago.

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Comment #28 by Vigor
Friday, November 04, 2011 @ 11:48:14 AM
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This is why online achievements should vanish.
This will probably pop up on GoD soon if it hasn't been there already.

Up yours, gamer!!

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Comment #29 by RobotHacker
Friday, November 04, 2011 @ 12:04:17 PM
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Thirteen months and closing the servers is a disgrace. But I'm sure it's in the T&C somewhere they can remove servers at 30 days notice.

Sucks though, if only makers of games allowed hosted games, this wouldn't be an issue.

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Comment #30 by strawberry
Friday, November 04, 2011 @ 12:22:07 PM
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Well I was going to get nba 2k12, BUT FUCK YOU 2K. I won't buy any one of your products again....

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Comment #31 by Spanish Assault
Friday, November 04, 2011 @ 12:32:19 PM
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wow...basicly EA could care less about its fans. yet they still continue to buy the same recycled games year after year.

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Comment #32 by crazy boy
Friday, November 04, 2011 @ 12:54:43 PM
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Nice job

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Comment #33 by CaptainTaco
Friday, November 04, 2011 @ 01:05:19 PM
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You would think Activision would be the ones doing this with COD games.

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Comment #34 by strawberry
Friday, November 04, 2011 @ 01:30:06 PM
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@33 activision games don't use servers -_-

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Comment #35 by your next best friend
Friday, November 04, 2011 @ 01:30:31 PM
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I know it's nothing to do with EA..


I fecking hate EA - The greedy money making whores..

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Comment #36 by Tim 13
Friday, November 04, 2011 @ 01:35:10 PM
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Since people don't really seem to be understanding the concept, EA is not involved in ANY WAY with this game. EA makes your Maddens and your NBA Lives, but this is 2K Sports and 2K Sports ONLY.

On topic, I don't really see 2K Sports having a tremendous server load, so I don't particularly understand this. I hate server closures; maintained servers should be just the cost of business. SOCOM on the PS2 only had their servers shut down last January. And that game was about ten years old at the time... if that's not a testament to the way things should be, then I don't know what is.

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Comment #37 by neo consumer
Friday, November 04, 2011 @ 01:45:05 PM
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@31 "couldn't" care less, not "could" care less. Also, you're a retard.

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Comment #38 by AgentOrange330
Friday, November 04, 2011 @ 01:55:12 PM
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Basketball... HA!!!

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Comment #39 by lilasianman
Friday, November 04, 2011 @ 01:58:23 PM
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In my opinion, no game that plans to shut their servers down at some point should make online achievements. Why make achievements that are unattainable after a year? Also, does it really cost companies like EA and 2k that much to permanently keep their servers up? I doubt it...

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Comment #40 by XHunterrX
Friday, November 04, 2011 @ 02:03:05 PM
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I still play this game with my friends online so this is pretty shitty news. Guess they really want people to use their money on NBA 2k12....

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Comment #41 by JT Fever
Friday, November 04, 2011 @ 02:12:57 PM
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simply disgusting, forcing people to buy the next game, why is it you can not still play with your subscription to xbox live gold?

if any 2 or more people own an ORIGINAL game and they both pay for gold, they should always be able to play online

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Comment #42 by tincann
Friday, November 04, 2011 @ 02:52:16 PM
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This may suck, but if you read the license, they state that online support may be discontinued 30 days after the end of that season. This means, that all sports games could shut down their servers in 13 months. Doing that though, will hurt sales. I doubt anyone wants to pay $60 for a sports game that is only half a game in a year from initial release. If they want to do this, drop the price to a more reasonable price, like $35.

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Comment #43 by xXDatK!ddCasperXx
Friday, November 04, 2011 @ 07:01:55 PM
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wow this is really a problem?? 2k12 is out. why play a game that has a old lineups n gameplay when u can be playing the same exact thing just a much better verison.. you people are not that smart

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Comment #44 by Auburok
Friday, November 04, 2011 @ 08:23:55 PM
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@43 You're exactly the consumer 2K Sports and EA Sports love, which is why I love the irony in the "you people are not that smart" remark.

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Comment #45 by Silentoblivion1
Saturday, November 05, 2011 @ 05:02:04 AM
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oh my apologies everyone, I thought it was an EA game. Do they make any NBA games?
Well either way, change my reference to EA games to 2K and same still applies. Basically I generally try to avoid sport games for reasons like this.

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Comment #46 by Waxy5
Saturday, November 05, 2011 @ 05:03:50 AM
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Lets hope they improve 2k12's servers since they are removing 2k11's

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Comment #47 by JCDRANZER
Saturday, November 05, 2011 @ 09:28:03 PM
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This is really stupid but somewhat understandable because 2K Sports are losing to EA. They're making better NHL games than 2K, which has forced 2K11 not to come to the 360 and PS3. 2K can't invest the money to keep the servers alive without losing money. However, by doing this they're losing their credibility very quickly amongst their fans and soon 2K Sports will have a grim end eventually.

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Comment #48 by Cooljoe
Saturday, November 05, 2011 @ 10:53:19 PM
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We have a saying here at EA... Get the fuck out my building!!!

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Comment #49 by Tyo Solo
Monday, November 07, 2011 @ 03:39:11 PM
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Can anybody say Test Case?

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Comment #50 by Tyo Solo
Monday, November 07, 2011 @ 04:06:02 PM
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Your consumer rights (UK)
When you buy an item from a trader (eg a shop or online shop) the law says the item must be:
of satisfactory quality – last for the time you would expect it to and be free of any defects
fit for purpose – fit for the use described and any specific use you made clear to the trader
as described – match the description on packaging or what the trader told you
If an item doesn’t meet any of these rights, it is faulty and you will usually have the right to a:
These rights apply to most items you buy from a shop, including sale items.

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Comment #51 by thatboy1234567890
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 @ 07:05:39 AM
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@43 the reason everyone why people still play the game is because 2K11 still has some good features that aren't in 2K12. Even with updated rosters and gameplay people still like the certain features 2K11 contained

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