How To Fix NBA 2K18 Errors, Crashes, Not Launching, Update Stuck, FPS Issues


NBA 2K18, a new installment in the highest rated annual sports series, is now available on Steam for PC and also for consoles. This year, the game comes with a lot of new interesting features like a new social hub called Neighborhood, All-Time Teams, MyTEAM Strategy Cards, MyGM is more realistic than ever and much more.

Published by 2K Sports, the basketball game got some bad reviews on the Steam platform after the release. At the moment the reviews are Mostly Negative and they are starting to add up, mainly because the game suffers from a few critical errors and bugs.

Some of the NBA 2K18 errors that players complained about on the Steam dashboard are related to the launch of the game, it’s either stuck updating or crashes to desktop. Other bugs are random crashes during gameplay and performance issues like low fps and lag.

You are probably encountering one of the issues above so let’s go ahead and fix it. First, make sure that you meet the minimum system requirements of the game, you can find them below.



    • OS: Windows 7×64 / Windows 8.1×64 / Windows 10×64
    • Processor: Intel® Core™ i3-530 @ 2.93 GHz / AMD Phenom™ II X4 805 @ 2.50 GHz or better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 450 1GB / ATI® Radeon™ HD 7770 1GB or better
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 70 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0x compatible Dual-Analog Gamepad: Recommended


    • OS: Windows 7×64 / Windows 8.1×64 / Windows 10×64
    • Processor: Intel® Core™ i5-4430 @ 3 GHz / AMD FX-8370 @ 3.4 GHz or better
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 770 2GB / ATI® Radeon™ R9 270 2GB or better
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 70 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible

NBA 2K18 Errors Fixes:

Please note that if your PC doesn’t meet the minimum system requirements of the game, our guide won’t help you fix your game because your issues are probably generated by your PC.

Below you will find the most encountered NBA 2K18 errors that players are complaining about at the moment. For each issue, you will find a corresponding solution or workaround on how to fix it. If something is now clear or if you don’t know how to apply our solutions, you can reach us at our Support page.

#1 NBA 2K18 Crashes

For some players, the game crashes to desktop after a few minutes of launching or it might crash while playing a match, at the final buzzer of the game, for example. Either way, this issue seems to be generated by your graphic card driver not being compatible with the game. To fix this issue check our solutions below.


  • You can try and update your graphic card driver if you don’t already have the latest version of it.
  • Make sure that you are using your dedicated GPU while playing.
  • Optimize GPU! If nothing works for you, you can try our tool to optimize your GPU and get rid of the crashes. For more details, check the tutorial at the end of the post!

#2 NBA 2K18 Update Won’t Download

A lot of players are encountering a bug that stucks them at the update screen. They are simply waiting for the in-game update to download and nothing happens. Check below some tips from a Reddit user on how to get past this issue.

This happens to me after every update for the last month or so. If I go to download a roster or draft class, it says “file is corrupt” and won’t load. The only workaround I’ve found is to go to the Play Now menu and play a game. Eventually (usually just a couple minutes in for me), a message will pop up saying an update is needed so exit to the main menu and the update will apply itself. Once this happens, you download the rosters.

To me it seems like this is clearly a 2k problem. Their updates aren’t automatically installing themselves once they’ve downloaded for some reason. You have to wait for that message and go to the main menu for some stupid reason instead of just playing the game. I literally have to do this every time I want to get a file from the 2k server. It’s beyond frustrating.


If your game is still stuck at the update screen, check our tutorial at the end of the post!

#3 NBA 2K18 Not Launching

Your game might crash to desktop while launching or it might get stuck at the loading screen. For some players, NBA won’t launch at all, they press the Steam Play button and nothing happens.

To fix this issue, you need to make sure that your game files are not corrupted. To do that you can verify the integrity cache of the game, or you can check our tool that will do that for you automatically and launch your game. Check the tutorial at the end of the post for a download link!

#4 NBA 2K18 Performance Issues: Low FPS, Lag

It seems that most of the players are encountering performance issues at the moment. Most of them complain about super low frame rates and lag.

First, you need to make sure that you are using your dedicated GPU and that you are not playing NBA 2K18 with your integrated graphic card.

How to change from integrated to dedicated:

  1. Go to NVIDIA Control Panel > Desktop > Display GPU Activity Icon in Notification Area. You will see a black chip picture in the taskbar. If the chip turns rainbow, which means your NVIDIA GPU is running.
  2. Right-click the blank space of the desktop. Select NVIDIA Control Panel to switch between two graphics manually under Manage 3D Settings > Preferred Graphics Processor.

Performance Optimization:

  • Change your GPU to dedicated with the tutorial above.
  • Update your GPU to the latest driver.
  • Make sure your game is not interfering with any third party applications.
  • Use our tool to optimize your game for maximum performance. Check the tutorial below to see how to do that!

Fix NBA 2K18 Errors Tutorial:

*Only for Launch Errors, Update Stuck, Crashes and Optimization for Performance Issues

So the new entry in the NBA 2K18 franchise is now available and you are unable to play it because of annoying issues and bugs? Don’t worry, our team will help you fix your game and you will be shooting hoops in a matter of minutes.

You are here because you probably encounter one of these errors Crashes, Performance Issues or you are unable to start your game. If you have one of this issues, don’t worry anymore because now you can fix them by applying our tool and following the steps below.  So just sit back, relax, follow the tutorial and in maximum 10 minutes you will be playing the new NBA.

You are probably wondering what is this tool and how does it work, right? Well, our software is developed by our team, we are a few gaming enthusiasts with a passion for coding and by doing this we are trying to help the gamers community. We know that you paid quite a lot of money for your game and not being able to play it it’s just annoying.

Our tool will change some files and registry .dll’s in the game folder and it will also optimize your Windows for best performance. It will help you get the latest graphic card driver, that works with NBA 2K18. (Please Note: our patch won’t interfere by any means with your Steam account, you will be safe the whole time!)

Below you can find an image of how the tool looks like and also a tutorial on how to properly use it. Please follow the tutorial step by step to make sure that you apply the patch correctly to your game. If you are not sure about some things please contact our support team. You will find the download link in the first step of the tutorial!

To make sure that you apply our tool correctly to your game please follow the tutorial below step by step. If you are not sure about something just ask us, our Support Team answers in a matter of minutes.

How to apply our tool:

  1. You can find the download link here: download
  2. Extract the downloaded archive on your PC, and open the tool from the folder.
  3. Your GPU will be selected automatically, make sure that you use your dedicated GPU if you have a laptop!
  4. Select the game executable from the game folder, if you used the default Steam install folder it should be: “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\NBA 2K18″.
  5. Select your issue or issues from the box to the right and click the corresponding “Fix” button.
  6. After your errors are successfully fixed, you can click the “Launch Game” button and play the game.

How to download: Well, you might think that our download service is pretty annoying but is very effective. To download you just need to complete a simple offer, it usually takes a few minutes, and after that, you will be able to download the patch. We use this service because it’s the only way to support our developers and to keep releasing and updating patches for games. Thank you! We hope you understand us and have fun playing NBA!

Let’s hope that by now you managed to fix all your NBA 2K18 errors and issues and that you are enjoying the game. If you still encounter some issues, and you are unable to fix them, or you don’t know how to apply our tool, please comment below or open a Support ticket on our support page. After that, a member of our team will help you as soon as possible to fix your error so you can enjoy your game.–GamesErrors Team

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