Illustration for article titled NBA, Premier League Teams Are Simulating Canceled Matches In Video Games

Without any actual games in the NBA or English Premier League for the foreseeable future, teams are stuck having to pretend that matches are going ahead using the power of video games.

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Take the Phoenix Suns, for example, who having recovered from the shock of the season’s suspension are going to be playing out the team’s remaining schedule in NBA 2K20, broadcasting it live on Twitch.

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Meanwhile in England, Watford’s postponed Premier League game against Leicester has gone ahead...in Football Manager.

And Championship side Hull City have challenged Germany’s Bayer Leverkusen to a game of Connect 4.

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With so many stars in both competitions knowing their way around 2K and FIFA respectively, surely there’s a way for teams to organize some virtual friendlies while we wait for the actual games to get underway again?

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Or if not friendlies simulating the team’s regular professional activities, then something close? Take Barcelona and Monaco, who got some teams together featuring some of their younger players and duked it out on Rocket League earlier today.

Time to dream of Liverpool vs the Lakers in Smash.

Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com.

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