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Epic kicks off its annual Mega Sale with a free copy of NBA 2K21 for everyone

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The big mystery giveaway on the Epic Games Store has been unveiled as NBA 2K21, which is free for keepsies until May 27. It doesn't seem very good—we included it in our list of the worst game launches of 2020, and it's currently rocking a "mostly negative" user rating on Steam—but hey, it's free. That's a pretty steep discount on a game that normally goes for $60.

One nice plus about the Epic release of NBA 2K21 is that it's crossplay compatible with the Steam version, where despite the many complaints it's got a hefty base of players: According to SteamCharts, more than 17,500 people are currently on the courts.

The basketball giveaway isn't the only big thing happening on the Epic Store today. The Epic Mega Sale is also back, with discounts of up to 75 percent on a range of games and those endless Epic Coupons that knock $10 off the price of any game that costs $15 or more, and magically returns to your wallet every time you use it. (You'll see it if you add a game to your cart and start the checkout process.)

Note that the early crush to get in and grab the freebie is taking a toll on the store, so it might be a little wonky from time to time over the next few hours.

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A few choice suggestions for when you make it behind the rope:

There's a lot going on, so it's worth poking around a little. Luckily, you'll have lots of time to do so: The Mega Sale runs for almost a full month, until June 17, and will include even more mystery giveaways.

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.