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How to Get NBA 2K20 Early

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The NBA 2K20 release date is almost here and at least one retailer is hosting a launch event that will help huge fans of the series get into the action ASAP.

If you pre-order a digital copy of NBA 2K20 you’ll be able to start playing the latest entry in the series at 12AM Eastern/9PM Pacific on September 6th/September 5th.

If you would rather buy a physical copy of the game for your Xbox One, PS4, Windows PC, or Nintendo Switch, you’ll have to head into a store on Thursday if you want to play the game right away.

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If you pre-order a physical copy of NBA 2K20 and you want to play on September 5th, you’ll need to buy a copy through a retailer like Best Buy.

Best Buy says NBA 2K20 will be available to pickup the night before it’s released. In order to secure your copy, you’ll need to arrive at any Best Buy store just before 9PM local time, while the doors are still open. This will ensure that you’re able to pickup your pre-order or buy a copy of the game.

It sounds like all Best Buy locations will honor this, but interested shoppers might want to call ahead of time and confirm just to make sure.

GameStop typically offers similar timing, but the retailer hasn’t confirmed its plans yet. If you plan to buy NBA 2K20 through GameStop, and want to pickup a physical copy on Thursday, you’ll want to call ahead and see if you can do so.

September 6th is the release date for all three versions (standard, Digital Deluxe, and Legend) of NBA 2K20. There isn’t an early release date for the special editions.

Pre-ordering a copy of the game ahead of its release date will net you some bonuses that could come in handy. The NBA 2K20 pre-order bonuses include:

  • 5,000 Virtual Currency
  • 5,000 MyTEAM Points
  • 5 MyCAREER Skill Boosts
  • MyPLAYER Clothing Capsule
  • 10 MyTEAM League packs (delivered once a week)
  • 5 Heat Check packs (delivered once a week beginning at the start of the NBA season)

You can also pre-order a copy of NBA 2K20 through retailers like AmazonNewEgg, and Walmart.

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Pre-Order NBA 2K20 for These Bonuses

Pre-Order NBA 2K20 for These Bonuses

If you plan to invest quite a bit of time into some of NBA 2K20's game modes, you might want to pre-order a copy for the bonuses. 

If you pre-order a copy of the standard version of the game, you'll get some nice bonuses with your copy in September. 

These include:


  • 5,000 Virtual Currency;
  • 5,000 MyTEAM Points;
  • 5 MyCAREER Skill Boosts;
  • MyPLAYER Clothing Capsule;
  • 10 MyTEAM League packs (delivered one per week);
  • 5 Heat Check packs (delivered one per week beginning at the start of the NBA season).

Those are all free with a pre-order and they'll give you a pretty good head start in the NBA 2K20's popular game modes. 

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