NBA partners with Take-Two Interactive to create their own Esports League
Now you can play for the NBA while playing NBA 2K.
USA, and perhaps even the world’s most popular and iconic professional sporting leagues, the National Basketball Association, has just recently secured a partnership deal with Take-Two Interactive, parent company of 2K Games which is highly known for NBA’s official video game adaptation, NBA 2K, in an effort to create their very own competitive gaming league.
Dubbed the “NBA 2K eLeague”, NBA and Take-two’s Esports collaboration is without a doubt the first ever that will be operated by a major sporting body with each actual team franchise in the NBA to actually own their own NBA 2K sports teams.
According to the announcement over at NBA.com, the goal of the collaboration is to “grow the game of basketball“, as stated by commissioner Adam Silver and expand the league’s global brand by attracting “gamers who might be playing some other game” to play NBA 2K instead and ultimately be part of an NBA franchise as an Esport athlete.
The NBA 2K eLeague will start off with 8-12 NBA teams selecting their own roster of 5 NBA 2K pros through a Draft, similar to NBA’s actual Draft, with the pool of players to be pre-selected by Take-Two themselves. Once the players are locked-in, the teams will play using the 82-game format, complete with their own Playoffs.
While it is announced now, there is still quite a ways to go before the NBA 2K eLeague as it is set for 2018, in addition, the tournament will most likely cater to Console players of NBA 2K as the concept of providing gears and having the selected pros train using their own consoles are stated in the announcement.