If you’re new to NBA 2K21, you may find the MyCareer game mode to be very engaging but challenging at the same time.
Not long after starting a new game, you’ll find that having an adequate amount of VC (virtual currency) is vital to succeeding in MyCareer.
Without VC, you can’t upgrade your player; if you sit with a low overall rating, you’ll have little chance of being competitive in the game mode.
In this guide, you can find out everything that you need to know about getting and maximizing endorsements, from picking the right agent to gaining fans as quickly as possible.
Earning VC in MyCareer on NBA 2K21
There are several easy ways to earn VC in NBA 2K21, with playing MyCareer games is still one of the best ways to stack-up cash as fast as possible in the title.
Every MyCareer game gives you a guaranteed salary and bonus earnings for reaching milestones or by simply maintaining a high player grade. You’ll likely find these mechanics as being your primary source of VC income.
However, as you progress, another much more impactful avenue of earning VC in MyCareer opens up to you.
Sponsorships make a huge difference
Sponsorships are arguably the most prominent earning tool: they can significantly increase your total VC earnings in MyCareer.
Once a sponsorship deal is signed, the more games you play, the more opportunities you’ll have to achieve in-game incentives to earn more VC.
Add that to off-court appearances and you could easily come out with an extra 1,000 to 5,000 VC after each sponsorship event.
Essentially, playing MyCareer games with sponsorship deals will outearn any other VC earning method in 2K21, which makes them an integral aspect of your gameplay.
How to chose your MyCareer agent
Picking an agent is one of the first decisions that all 2K players have to make at the start of MyCareer. The decision can significantly influence your earning potential in the game mode.
You will have a choice between Archie Baldwin and Harper Dell. Both agents have their own list of pros and cons.
Depending on your MyCareer objectives, one of the management styles will benefit you more than the other.
Why you might choose Archie Baldwin
Archie might be a close family friend, and his reputation as an agent may not be as well-established as that of Harper, but choosing him may be better aligned with your MyCareer goals.
The pros of choosing Baldwin include:
- Earning more VC per a sponsorship deal as he takes a smaller cut. However, it will take you longer to earn an endorsement.
- Earning more fans when playing games in the Neighbourhood. This is important for those who plan to primarily use their player in park games.
- Relationships with brands like Adidas, New Balance, and Gatorade. If you want to unlock those brand deals as early as possible, then Baldwin may be the better fit for you.
Why you might choose Harper Dell
Compared to Baldwin, Dell is a more established agent who offers slightly different perks for his clients.
The pros of choosing Dell include:
- Getting more endorsement deals faster, which is good for those who want to get as many sponsorship deals signed as early as possible.
- Earn more fans playing in MyCareer games. This perk is best-suited to those who will be playing their matches more often, as opposed to those who simulate large chunks of their schedule.
- Dell also boasts a good relationship with brands like Nike, Jordan, and Kia, which may suit your preferences more than the ties that Baldwin has established.
Which agent to choose
If you plan to only use your player for park games and want to earn fans that way, then Baldwin is the better fit for you.
On the other hand, if you want to earn your VC as fast as possible through sponsorships, Dell would be a better fit since he can help you unlock deals faster.
Choosing the agent that best aligns with your long term objectives in MyCareer will make the overall MyCareer experience much more satisfying. However, if you want to stack VC, improve faster,and go big in the NBA, Dell is the agent of choice.
More fans equals more deals
In MyCareer, having more fans leads to you getting more sponsorship deals, which increases your VC earning potential. As your player reaches each next tier of total fans, new offers will be sent your way.
As your player’s marketability increases with more fans gained, you can even re-negotiate old sponsorships and demand more money.
Earning fans isn’t that difficult in MyCareer; something as simple as scoring a basket or making any goodwill gesture will earn you fans.
However, some plays get you more than fans than others, and a few of the highest “fan acquisition” plays in the game include:
- Flashy Pass Assists
- Lob Passes
- Alley-oop Finishes
- Alley-oop to Self Finish
- Score Off Assist
- Stepback Limitless Range Triple
- Fade Jumpshots and Triples
- Euro Steps
- Reverse Layups
- Posterizing Dunks
- Fastbreak Scores on the Opponent
- Chase Down Blocks
So, when playing games in MyCareer, try your best to execute some of these plays to maximize your fan-earning potential.
Don’t forget to pick-up your cheques
Once you secure your sponsors and play through some games with your endorsements intact, the money will start coming in. Surprisingly, though, many 2K players neglect or simply forget to complete the simple step of collecting their cheques.
As a result, they leave piles of unused VC left untouched in their bank. Over time, this misstep can significantly slow down your progress in the game mode. So, to maximize your earnings, you should always be on the lookout for messages from your agent.
After he makes contact, you’ll then be able to collect your earnings at the VC Sports Management building shown below:
How to trigger endorsement events in NBA 2K21
In 2K21, endorsement events are usually triggered as you progress through the MyCareer storyline. The basic idea here is that the more MyCareer or Park games that you play, the more fans your player garners.
Once a fan threshold level is reached, you’ll able to negotiate a contract with a sponsor, and endorsement events will come shortly after.
To increase the likelihood of more endorsement events, you should focus on maximizing the number of new fans that your player earns each time they play. Tips can be found in the ‘More fans equals more deals’ section. Essentially, endorsement events pop up at random times during the season.
After attending sponsored events, your agent will inform you that a cheque is available for the endorsement payments earned by attending a sponsored event.
Choosing the best agent to increase endorsement event frequency
It’s important to note that endorsement events are closely associated with the agent that you choose at the beginning of your MyCareer.
As mentioned in the “How to chose your MyCareer agent” section, the decision can influence your player’s earning potential as well as when endorsement events appear for your player.
For example, choosing Harper Dell might be a better choice if you plan to spend more time playing NBA MyCareer games instead of Park games. This is because signing with Dell’s company allows you to unlock endorsement deals faster. However, there’s a catch: Dell’s agency takes a bigger cut, which will result in less virtual currency being earned per deal.
So, if you plan to use your player for playground games more often, and want to get paid more per deal, Archie Baldwin might be the better agent for you.
What to do if 2K21 endorsements are not working
Members in the 2K community seem to have problems with not being able to collect virtual currency for their endorsement deals. As a result, some of you may have thousands of VC locked up in the vault, unable to cash out at the VC Sports Management building.
Unfortunately, there isn’t a clear-cut solution for this matter in-game.
Generally speaking, some users have solved this problem by downloading new patch updates for NBA 2K21, whenever they become available. Another option is to contact 2K support and submit a request about unclaimable virtual currency.
To do this, you’ll need to go to the 2K Support page and fill in a ticket detailing your problem. Hopefully, an NBA 2K support staff member can solve the problem for you.
Best shoe brand in 2K21
Generally speaking, not one shoe brand is superior to another in 2K21. Choosing a certain brand doesn’t give your player more perks or help your player earn more money.
At the end of the day, regardless of what brand you choose, the salary negotiations and payout system are essentially the same for all players in MyCareer.
With that in mind, picking a brand comes down more to personal preference. For beginners, it’s best to choose the brand that you feel most comfortable seeing your player wearing for the long term.
While the brand choice doesn’t impact your gameplay beyond an aesthetic value, there are some aspects to consider.
- Which designs do you vibe with more?
In MyCareer, you will be given the opportunity to customize your own shoe. So, if the design is something that is important to you, you have several decisions to make. It might be a good idea to go into the shoe creator menu in MyCareer and quickly browse through all of the designs to get a feel of each brand before choosing.
As different brands offer different designs, this can aesthetically impact your overall gaming experience in 2K21. For example, if you are a fan of classic Jordan shoes and other Nike lines like Kobe, Lebron, KD, it’d make sense to choose either Jordan or Nike.
As both brands are owned by the same company, your player won’t get into trouble for wearing any Nike or Jordan shoe if you sign with either brand.
- Avoid wearing the wrong brand of the shoe after signing a contract.
After you have chosen a brand, it is important that your player honors their contract with the company. This means that they should avoid wearing another brand of the shoe when playing in NBA games. Otherwise, your player will receive warnings from their sponsors and could potentially lose their endorsement deal in the process.
How to collect endorsement money and VC from endorsements in 2K21
Endorsement money can be collected by going to the VC Sports Management building in the neighborhood.
After about three to seven games, you will usually receive a message from your agent, which tells you that there is an endorsement cheque available for you to pick up.
As a rule of thumb, it’s good to check your phone once every three to seven games to keep up with your endorsement cheques. Otherwise, you could be missing out on currency that can be used to upgrade your player.
You collect all of your endorsement-related currency from the same place, the VC Sports Management building. So, you can also get the VC from endorsements at the same building as you get your endorsement money.
Now that you know these simple steps, you can go out and maximise your endorsement VC earning potential in NBA 2K21.
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