Cheating Infests MLB 2K12′s Million Dollar Game Contest
MLB 2K12′s $1 Million Perfect Game Challenge apparently has seen some fairly prevalent cheating, but despite that revelation, 2K Sports has decided to go forward and award the prize money anyway.
The contest requires players to pitch a perfect game using MLB 2K12′s MLB Today feature, which allowed players to play actual games using real MLB teams’ rosters. The idea of the contest was that players competing for the prize money had to use the feature, as well as an official watermark in videos proving the feat. Using real teams was meant to keep the difficulty level high, and players were scored based on the difficulty of the teams they faced, as well the strength of the pitcher they used for the challenge.
But according to a report from Kotaku, players discovered an exploit that allowed them to replace the batting roster of the team they faced. That allowed players to throw perfect games against teams with significantly weaker batters, while maintaining the official watermark and their scores as if they were playing harder teams. What’s more, the exploit or the possibility of replacing the roster wasn’t covered in the contest’s official rules, and therefore using the exploit wasn’t technically against them.
In response to being contacted about the exploit, 2K Sports has released a statement basically stating that it won’t be punishing any cheating.
“The contest was run properly,” 2K Sports said. “We look forward to awarding someone a million dollars on May 10 in New York.”
So it appears that even though Kotaku has published evidence suggesting that at least one player in the top 10 contestants has cheated, 2K is going to go forward with things regardless. If I had to hazard a guess, I’d say the issue is that invalidating the whole contest and starting over is too much of a cost and a pain. Oh well.