The NBA plans a ‘player only’ e-sports tournament on ESPN
The NBA has an official e-sports league, with many of its most popular teams represented; however now it’s looking to create a player-only competition, that will see the likes of LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Paul George compete virtually.
The tournament – which will last 10-days – will feature 16 NBA players, who will play each other via basketball sim NBA 2K.
That will let NBA fans still get their basketball fix, and enjoy some of their favourite players, as everyone self-isolates from their sofas.
Individual teams – like the Suns – have been broadcasting their players taking each other on via controller for the last month. However, this would be the first to bring big league stars from around the NBA.
It’s not confirmed who will take part, but with the likes of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Paul George, LeBron James and Anthony David all having been on the cover of NBA 2K in recent years, they’re expected to be involved (not least to back up their video skills).
With sports all but shut down around the world, the NBA isn’t the first to emprace the virtual world. Just last weekend, the MotoGP ran a virtual competition in Italy.
In the US, the MLB (Major League Basketball) is already running player-versus-player games and broadcasting them live, and Fox has began showing Madden tournament games for American Football fans.
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