The only thing that is better than being a star basketball player in the NBA is playing as one in NBA 2K while having a chance to win some big bucks.
The NBA and Take-Two Interactive Software announced early Thursday morning that they are bringing some of the world’s best gamers together to compete while representing actual NBA teams in the new NBA 2K eSports league. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver hopes the new league will continue to expand his league’s global brand.
Each NBA franchise will select five gamers to represent its team.Gamers will be chosen through a recruiting process by NBA teams and Take-Two. They’ll go through a virtual version of a combine and be selected in a draft, which Silver says will either be televised or streamed online.
From there, the team of will play in an 82-game regular season, advance to a playoff and the top teams will compete for a championship, which most likely will take place at an NBA arena.
“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.
The idea to create the video game league morphed out of the success of the “NBA 2K16 Road to the Finals” video game competition before the NBA championship last year. Zelnick said there were more than two million matches at the tournament hosted by Indiana Pacers star Paul George. The Take-Two CEO said NBA teams could train selected gamers, who will use their own consoles.
Personally, I think this is an amazing idea and hope it picks up quick! What do you think?