NBA 2K eLeague to launch in 2018

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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.

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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.”

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“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.”

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source: Business Wire

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