NBA, Video Game Company Working on New Concept
If you like basketball and gaming, you may be in heaven waking up this morning.
On Thursday, the NBA and Take-Two Interactive Software announced that a new, first of its kind, gaming concept will be released in 2018, which will allow gamers to compete for NBA titles, while getting paid by the same people who pay the likes of LeBron James, Steph Curry, and Kevin Durant.
The NBA 2K eLeague is coming!
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, in hopes of expanding the NBA’s global brand will bring in some of the world’s best gamers who will represent each NBA team for the competition.
“The large part of my mission is to grow the game of basketball,” Silver told The Associated Press. “There’s going to be an opportunity for this first of a kind league to attract a group of gamers who might be playing some other game. Now, they can say ‘Maybe I couldn’t play for the Knicks, because I didn’t have the physical prowess to compete at that level. But I do have the mental and physical prowess to compete as an egamer for the eKnicks.”’
According to Silver, the eLeague will start with between eight to 12-teams, but it will eventually expand and cover all 30-NBA franchises.
Gamers will be chosen through a virtual combine process and will be recruited via a draft by NBA teams and Take-Two. This process will either be televised or streamed online. Each NBA franchise will get a chance to pick for gamers to represent their team. The teams will then play an 82-game regular season, advance to the playoffs, and eventually compete for a championship, an even that will probably take place at an NBA arena as per Silver.
“We want to make this as real as possible,” said Strauss Zelnick, CEO of Take-Two, the parent company of 2K games. He said there will be a cash prize for the winner similar to some of the past NBA 2K tournaments that awarded a $250,000 grand prize.
Get ready gamers, this will be an event you won’t want to miss!