A pro basketball league for gamers? That’s what the NBA has announced.
“Think of eBulls against the eKnicks,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver stated.
Silver said that the league will operate much like the NBA. There will be a regular season, playoff bracket and league finals. The season will be five months.
The players will all be custom characters, but the teams will be the same teams as are in the NBA now. So far, none of the NBA teams have fully committed to playing, but the commissioner said he expects about half to join before the opening tip-off.
The first season of this NBA 2K, as it is being called, will begin in 2018, Silver said.
The league, Silver explained, will operate just like the NBA: It’ll have a regular season, a playoff bracket, and a finals matchup. Teams of five players, each with his (or her?) own custom NBA 2K characters, will compete in a five-month season that starts in 2018. There’ll even be a draft, Silver said, although he also noted to the Wall Street Journal that none of the 30 NBA teams have fully committed to this esports league yet. (He expects around half of them to participate in the first year.)