NBA becomes the first ever official U.S. pro sports league to operate an eSports league.
NBA is taking the first major step into the world of virtual sports, forming its own esports organization. Known as the NBA 2K eLeague, the organization is a partnership between the NBA and Take-Two Interactive, this new gaming league will bring together the best NBA 2K players all over the world to compete against one another in a standard pro sports league format consisting of a regular season,
Development League squads.
Similar to the way teams can own, or even share, Development League squads. There’s no word on which teams will be the first ones to own one of the 8-12 initial team each one will feature five human players and the plan is to eventually have one for each of the league’s 30 teams.s in the “NBA 2K eLeague.”
Set to be launch in 2018
this competitive virtual league will consist of teams operated by real NBA franchises, each composed of five professional eSports players who will play the game as user-created avatars, will be announced in the coming months. The NBA 2K eLeague will follow a professional sports league format: competing head-to-head throughout a regular season, participating in a bracketed playoff system, and concluding with a championship matchup, the initial members of the NBA 2K eLeague will be announced within the coming months.
“We believe we have a unique opportunity to develop something truly special for our fans and the young and growing eSports community,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. “We look forward to combining our best-in-class NBA sports team operators with Take-Two’s competitive gaming expertise to create a brand new league experience.”
– NBA Commissioner Adam Silver
“We are proud to expand our strong relationship with the NBA and co-create the NBA 2K eLeague,” said Strauss Zelnick, Chairman and CEO of Take-Two. “Through the NBA 2K series, which is renowned throughout the world for capturing the authenticity of the NBA and the passion of its fans, we have a proven track record of highly successful collaboration. With this new venture, Take-Two and the NBA aim to fuel the accelerating growth of eSports and take the thrill of competition to exciting new heights.”
– CEO of Take-Two Strauss Zelnick,
In December, 2K launched its second official eSports competition, NBA 2K17 All-Star Tournament, which offers teams of gamers the chance to win a trip to NBA All-Star 2017. The 5-on-5 tournament, featuring a $250,000 grand prize, will culminate on Feb. 17 in New Orleans, the eLeague partnership between the NBA and the makers of NBA 2K — one of the most popular sports games on the market also makes sense from the pro basketball league’s perspective.
There’s still a lot left to learn about this new eSports league and more details will arrive over the next few weeks and months. NBA 2K18 should launch later this year and will be the first game in the series to be used in this new eSports league. So finally for the fans that have a dream of playing with their beloved team can finally do it legitimately on this new virtual leage