NBA has announced that it will be launching a new, professional competitive gaming league that will bring together the best basketball gamers in the world – the NBA 2K eLeague.
The NBA 2K eLeague is the first official eSports league operated by a U.S. professional sports league. It was created in partnership between the NBA and Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc., the video game publisher behind titles like Grand Theft Auto, Civilization, NBA 2K, BioShock, and Borderlands.
The league will consist of teams operated by actual NBA franchises. Each team is composed of five professional eSports players who will play the game as user-created avatars. 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.
“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.”
“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.”
source: Business Wire