Even Video game fanatics now have an opportunity to lift an NBA title, in a real-life NBA arena representing their favorite actual NBA teams.
The National Basketball Association and video game company Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. have announced their collaboration to come up with a professional video game league.
As reported by Zach Lowe of ESPN:
NBA commissioner Adam Silver and Strauss Zelnick, the CEO of Take-Two said that the NBA 2K eLeague, tentatively set to begin to play in 2018, eventually will feature 30 NBA 2K teams, each owned by respective real-life NBA franchises.
Based on Take-Two Interactive’s NBA 2K series, the proposed esports event will imbibe the rules and regulations of the NBA.
The teams, comprised of five human players[gamers], will play out a five-month season that simulates the real NBA season. Further, it will proceed through a regular season of head-to-head games and then to playoffs and a championship shot.
Previously, MLB teams also showed interest and invested in the upcoming wave of e-sports world. However, the “NBA 2K eLeague” would be the first computer-generated league run by a major U.S. sports league.
Endorsed by ex-NBA commissioner David Stern, Adam Silver has tried his hands on various business models so to promote NBA globally.
With this partnering with Take-Two Interactive Software, Silver proves his understanding of the modern changing world and how to thrive in it.
All 30 NBA franchises have been notified of the event, and Matt Holt, the NBA’s vice-president of global partnerships, expects at least half of the teams to participate in its launch in 2018.
The team selection Process:
eSports players will be catalouged by the NBA [real] , and each NBA franchise will choose five to play in its eLeague team. These NBA 2K eLeague players will have full-time jobs during the season.
Interestingly, the players in the league won’t be playing as current NBA players; rather they will have to come up with their own players with a different set of skills and moves.