MLB 2K12’s Perfect Game Challenge Adds An Eight Person Tournament

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 9:13 pm,

MLB 2K12 Perfect Game Challenge

2K Sports’ annual $1 million Perfect Game Challenge returns this year for a third inning with MLB 2K12 — but this time they’ve thrown us a curveball.

Where the two previous Perfect Game Challenges awarded $1 million to the first player who recorded a perfecto, effectively ending the contest before it gathered any momentum, this year 2K Sports is fashioning an eight-player MLB 2K12 tournament to coronate a winner at the end of April.

Much of the detail is in the fine print, but we know that the contest will officially open on April 4 — Opening Day of the Major League Baseball season. From there, Xbox 360 and PS3 users can enter the Perfect Game Challenge Mode and play a game using teams of their choice. Successful perfect games will snag gamers a code that they can use to join a dynamic leaderboard on the game’s website; the more perfect games you toss, the better your standings on the board. At the end of the month the top eight finalists will compete in a live face off to see who wins a cool million.

The full list of what constitutes a legitimate attempt, and certain factors that may void such an effort, has yet to be released. However, last year’s perfect game contest seemed to have the legalities refined to a tee.

MLB 2K12’s Perfect Game Challenge has been a major marketing arm for the series since it was devised for MLB 2K10, but its one-and-done premise has seen it come to an end on the first day of each year’s competition. Last year’s winner, for example, was a 25-year old music teacher who merely studied baseball statistics before purchasing the game, and wound up a millionaire and the subject of a Google chrome commercial.

The fact that this year’s contest is guaranteed to draw out for a month will open up access for more gamers and will greatly benefit 2K Sports from a marketing standpoint.  It’s a small wonder that they took this long to crack the code, but then again, for a series some say is losing money in New York Mets proportions, it’s the quite the metaphor for the franchise as a whole.

Will you try a hand at this year’s Perfect Game Challenge?

MLB 2K12 will be released on March 6, 2012, for the Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii, PSP, and DS.

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Source: 2K Sports Perfect Club

TAGS: 2K Sports, DS, MLB 2K12, PC, PS3, PSP, Visual Concepts, Wii

  • Mike

    I’ll never buy another 2K baseball game again after crappy 2K11 was just copy and pasted from 2K10 with no improvements at all. I’ll be interested in baseball games again when the far superior MVP Baseball games come back.