The NBA 2K community on Reddit is one of the largest and most active fan bases for the popular basketball video game series. With over 500,000 members, r/NBA2k is a place where players can share their experiences, tips, feedback, and opinions on the game.
Why is NBA 2K Subreddit Planning to Boycott Reddit?
However, the subreddit may soon go dark, as it plans to join the Boycott Reddit movement on June 12th. This is a protest against Reddit’s new API pricing, which will affect many third-party apps and websites that rely on Reddit’s data. According to a post by one of the moderators of r/NBA2k, the new API pricing will limit the number of requests that can be made to Reddit’s servers per month. This means that many features and functions that users enjoy on apps like Apollo, Boost, Joey, Relay, Sync, etc. will be restricted or removed.
An example how this could impact an 2K subreddit user, would be the case of a person with disabilities such as blindness or deafness, who uses a third party app to make reddit accessible. If an app like that shuts down due to Reddit’s strange API pricing increase it would mean that user can no longer use 2K Reddit.
Will the Boycott Reddit Movement Work?
The Boycott Reddit movement is a grassroots initiative that aims to pressure Reddit to reconsider its API pricing and to show solidarity with the developers and users of third-party apps. The movement calls for subreddits to go private on June 12th for 24 to 48 hours, and for users to refrain from using Reddit or any of its official apps during that time. In theory it would make Reddit lose so much money, that they would have to listen to the community’s complaints.
The NBA 2K subreddit is not the only one that plans to join the Boycott Reddit movement. There are over 200 subreddits which have pledged to participate in the protest, including some of the largest and most popular ones on the platform, such as r/AskReddit, r/AmItheA**hole, r/Memes, r/NoStupidQuestions, r/TIFU, and more.
The Boycott Reddit movement is expected to have a significant impact on Reddit’s traffic and revenue on June 12th. Whether it will be enough to make Reddit change its mind remains to be seen.