No additional anti-cheat is required for official matches.
2. Match Procedure
2.1. Series Lengths
Matches are played as a best of 3 series in the Regular Season, and a best of 5 series in the Playoffs and Finals.
2.2. Game Lobby
Prior to the match, players should add each other as friends on their Consoles. The home team will create the lobby.
The following settings are to be used in official matches:
- Connection: Play With Friends
- Quarter Length: 5 Minutes
- Game Mode: Private Match
- Game Style: Simulation
- Fatigue: On
- Difficulty: Hall of Fame
2.3. Mirror Matches
Both players may choose the same team to play in official matches. The home team must use the home jersey and the away team must use the away jersery.
3.1. Pausing the game
Players may not at any point use the pause feature during game play. Each team is afforded a certain number of times outs during the match.
3.2 All-Time Teams/All-Star Teams/History Teams/Custom Teams
Only current teams may be used in official matches. The use of custom teams, all-star teams, all-time teams, and history teams is prohibited.
4. Stoppage of Play
A match can be reset if a player disconnects from a match as long as the following criteria are met.
- The disconnection happens in the first 3 minutes of the First Quarter
- The score difference is 15 or less
- The player has not disconnected previously during the match
Any other Disconnections or multiple disconnections will count as a game loss for the disconnected player. After the disconnection, the match will continue with the next game in the series, if there are any left to play. If a player is unable to connect to the game lobby for future matches, they will forfeit the remainder of the series to their opponent.
5. Team Rosters
Only one roster is required for all NBA 2K21 players on a School Team. Each player on the roster will be given their own match when they queue up at the designated match time. The use of substitute players in official matches is prohibited.