Classic NBA arcade action is back! Take your “A” game to the playground and beat the best in high-flying 2-on-2 basketball action. Practice your skills offline, play with up to three others and take your talents online to posterize your opponents with acrobatic jams and ridiculous displays of skill.
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Release Date: May 8, 2017

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June 14


With this update we release a fixes for a few technical issues we saw after the latest patch release.

Notable Fixes

  • Fixed: An issue that prevented some users in rare cases from progressing through the tournaments
  • Fixed: An issue where one player jumped out of the court and the match could not be continued
  • Fixed: An issue where a user with too many unopened packs could end in an endless loading screen

If you're experience any technical issues, please send us an email describing your problem to

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June 12


Welcome to the Playground, welcome to Chicago and Madrid.

With this patch not only do 35 new NBA players join the roster, but also 5 Youtubers are gearing up to enter the playground. Along with the new players, we have also added two new playgrounds and four new tournaments.

In addition, we continue to improve the game and we’re looking forward to seeing you on the playgrounds.

You rock!

New Features:

  • Added: 35 new players join the roster
    • The following players were added: Ben Wallace, Bernard King, Earl Monroe, Elvin Hayes, Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars, John Havlicek, Julius Erving, Kevin McHale, Manute Bol, Muggsy Bogues, Steve Nash, Yao Ming, Joakim Noah, Joe Johnson, Andre Iguodala, Bismack Biyombo, D'Angelo Russell, Julius Randle, Justise Winslow, Kyle Korver, Manu Ginobili, Nick Young, Robin Lopez, Serge Ibaka, Tyler Johnson, Adrian Dantley, Arvydas Sabonis, Bob Cousy, David Thompson, Larry Nance, Mark Price, Detlef Schrempf, Wes Unseld, Lou Williams
    • The following players can now be played on a second team, in which they played during their career: Lebron James (Miami Heat), Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat), James Harden (Oklahoma City), Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City), Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls), Gary Payton (Seattle Sonics), Shawn Kemp (Seattle Sonics), Rajon Rondo (Boston Celtics), Alex English (Dallas Mavericks), Walt Frazier (Cleveland Cavaliers), Clyde Drexler (Houston Rockets), Alonzo Mourning (Charlotte Hornets), Jason Kidd (New Jersey Nets)
  • Added: The Seattle SuperSonics and Playgrounders were added to the team selection
  • Added: 5 Playgrounders, this time famous YouTubers, join the roster as “The Playgrounders” in red card packs
    • iMAV3RIQ, iPodKingCarter, QJB, Troydan, and DenkOps
  • Added: The playgrounds Madrid and Chicago are now available
  • Added: You can now play tournaments in Venice Beach, Seattle, Madrid and Chicago
  • Added: New Dunk, Crossover and Finger Roll animations were added
  • Added: New Ball styles can be unlocked in the tournaments

Notable Changes:
  • Adjusted: Now when the time of the match reaches zero and the ball is still in the air the match won't end until the shot is resolved (either by scoring or failing).
  • Adjusted: the penalization received from disconnecting from matches has been increased. Now the user loses more ELO points and the progression grows faster.
  • Changed: Actions from teammates count now towards finishing the tournament challenges
  • Improved: The patch system for Steam to support smaller patches
  • Improved: The execution time for throws was reduced
  • Reduced: The probability of receiving duplicates in card packages

Notable Fixes:
  • Fixed: The visual effect when leveling up was corrected
  • Fixed: Some miscalculations in shot attempts with long animations regarding their success chance were corrected
  • Fixed: Some issues in the matchmaking were fixed which caused that players were unable to join the matchmaking when a former online session was not closed properly
  • Fixed: An issue that prevents the user from canceling a match made via Challenge Code by using the ESC key
  • Fixed: An issue that froze the input, when the application focus was changed with Alt+Tab while the exit message from the game was shown
  • Fixed: An issue that prevented the user from using a controller to modify the challenge code
  • Fixed: Some issues related to the random selection of players and the rule that prevents the picking of the same players twice for the same team.
  • Fixed: Some Legendary and Epic players didn’t have the correct background.
  • Fixed: The loading screens with the control scheme and the explanation of the shot meter were not rotating as intended
  • Fixed: Some commentator lines were triggered at the wrong moment
  • Fixed: Some issues related to the audience and its appearance were addressed

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NBA Playgrounds Update 1.1.0

Many thanks for the continued support! We have the best players in the world and we are privileged to serve you.

Update 1.1.0 for PC/Steam brings the heat! Challenge your friends, enemies and other players online. Game on! Friends matchmaking is here. With the new Challenge feature, you’ll be able to directly challenge another player to a game on the Playgrounds. All you have to do is agree on a code, open the online mode, switch to Challenges, enter that code and face each other.

Other additions include a new connection manager, which monitors the connection of players during ranked matches and penalizes disconnections from games that are made to avoid losing. Quitters never prosper on the Playground.

In response to great feedback, we’ve also tweaked the entire shooting system from jump shots, to threes, to dunks, layups, and everything in-between. We’ve redone the timing, added a meter, and clarified the entire system. Keep those comments coming!

As a big thank you to our rabid fans, we’ve also added 15 new players, including Isaiah Thomas and Dennis Rodman! Those two all-stars and 13 others can be unlocked regularly through player packs, earned during the tournament or when leveling up your profile.

Thanks again for all your great feedback and support. Update 1.1.0 is the beginning. We’re only days from launch and we’re already making the game better thanks to your feedback. You rock!

New Features:
- Added: The Challenge Mode feature, which allows you to challenge other players to online matches
o You can now switch between unranked challenges and ranked games in the online mode
o To challenge another player, you must switch to the challenge mode in the online menu and define a challenge code. By default, your challenge code is your nickname, but you can change it to your own, personal code. The person you are challenging must enter your code.
o If you have been challenged, please enter your challenger’s code and press “Accept”.
o All challenges are unranked and your ranking/ELO will be unaffected by the results of the challenge.
- Added: Toxicity system/Disconnection Manager, which penalizes players who abandon matches in any other way than surrendering
- Added: 5 new versions of Shaquille O´Neal in various teams from his career (Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Orlando Magic)
- Added: 15 new players join the roster
o The following players were added: Dennis Rodman, Isaiah Thomas, Larry Bird, Giannis Antetokoumnpo, Kenny Smith, Gary Payton, Klay Thompson, Devin Booker, Tony Parker, Kemba Walker, Seth Curry, Tiny Archibald, John Starks, Tracy McGrady, Pete Maravich
- Added: A shot-meter was added to help finding the perfect timing for shots, dunks etc.
- Added: Steam Cloud Save support
- Added: Steam Big Picture keyboard management
Notable Changes:

- Adjusted: Shots were adjusted to make the system more accessible and unified throughout all variations
- Adjusted: The steal action was adjusted further to better fit the intended gameplay
o It is now possible to perform a steal action when behind an opponent
- Changed: 3 pointers no longer fill lottery pick bar
- Increased: The difficulty of 3 pointers was increased
- Reduced: The number of steals required for the Las Vegas Challenge #2 was reduced to 10 (was 15)
- Reduced: The number of 3-pointers needed for the Paris Challenge #4 was reduced to 6 (was 7)
- Reduced: The number of 3-pointers needed for the London Challenge #1 was reduced to 6 (was 10)
- Reduced: The number of 3-pointers needed for the Las Vegas Challenge #3 was reduced to 8 (was 12)
- Reduced: The inbound time was reduced to adjust it to the overall style of the game

Notable Fixes:

- Fixed: Issues related to the strength of the force feedback effects were addressed

About This Game

Classic NBA arcade action is back! Take your “A” game to the playground and beat the best in high-flying 2-on-2 basketball action. Practice your skills offline, play with up to three others on your PC, or take your talents online to posterize your opponents with acrobatic jams and ridiculous displays of skill.

• Easy to play, challenging to master
• Offline and Online Multiplayer
• Massive roster of current and retired NBA superstars
• All the official NBA teams
• Travel to playgrounds across the globe
• Hundreds of dunks and moves
• Collect all your favorite players
• Improve players over time
• Compete against the master of the playground himself - Allen Iverson
• Even more NBA superstars will be added post-launch

“Up your game!”

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit or Windows 10 64-bit
    • Processor: Intel core i3 CPU 530 2.93GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GT 630
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 7 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0x compatible sound card
    • OS: Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit or Windows 10 64-bit
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-4690 3.50 Ghz or better
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 670, similar or better
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 7 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0x compatible sound card
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