The NBA is doing its best to put the “sports” into esports. For the past two months, the NBA has run the first video game league sponsored by a major sport, NBA 2K League, featuring 17 teams connected to franchises within the association. But sports simulation games, despite seeming like an obvious choice to go…
DeAndre Ayton is projected to be the #1 pick in this year’s NBA draft. He’s going to have all summer to get ready for the 2018-19 season, but he (or his social media person) might also take that time to put in some work on their video game marketing skills.
Luka Dončić is not only a presumptive top-two pick in June’s NBA Draft, he’s also the proud owner of a Gamer’s Heart. According to a profile written last month by ESPN’s Mina Kimes, Dončić is a fan of the Call Of Duty series. He also “spends two to three hours a day playing video games like FIFA and Overwatch,”…
MANHATTAN, N.Y.—Despite the drumbeat insisting that Adam Silver is the hip young teen of sports commissioners, he looks the part of a curious Old. His inquiring wide eyes, dark wire-framed glasses, and ready avuncular smile: Silver looks well-suited to hunch inquiringly over kids’ shoulders and try to make sense of…
Lang Whitaker, a fun and good NBA writer, announced yesterday that he is going to work for the Memphis Grizzlies. The announcement post contains more than its fair share of Players’ Tribune-ese:
The Timberwolves signed veteran point guard Jeff Teague today. In days of old, this would mean Teague was about to embark on a journey of discovery, but in 2017, Minnesota is going to feel like home thanks to the magic of video games.
These are the first glimpses of NBA Live 18, a return to the basketball court for Electronic Arts. A new campaign mode, split between the streets and the league, boasts a Destiny-esque growth and loot system for your virtual player.
The announcement of the NBA 2K league was huge—17 NBA teams will be investing in esports teams which will be contracted to compete in a regular season running concurrent with the NBA season. It was enough to pique many people’s curiosity, including our own, but when we went looking for references to any existing 2K…
Today the NBA and Take-Two Interactive announced the 17 NBA teams that have agreed to participate in the inaugural NBA 2K league. The NBA teams that will let their virtual logos and jerseys appear in the esports league are:
Today, the National Basketball Association announced plans to partner with publisher Take-Two Interactive for an official NBA 2K esports league, which led NBA commissioner Adam Silver to deliver this fantastic quote to the Wall Street Journal: “Think of eBulls against the eKnicks.”
Accusations of bad labor practices are upending the NBA 2K17 YouTube community this week. After freelance video editor Anthony (aka “Prince Prodigy”) alleged that popular 18-year-old gaming YouTuber LostNUnbound paid him a slim $15 per video edit, other LostNUnbound contributors have come forward alleging they worked…
The date is April 19, 2021. In my bizarre alternate dimension, it’s LeBron James’ first playoff game as a Philadelphia 76er.
It’s not every day that a sports legend shows up to your hotel room to briefly chat about video games and then try to eat your head. While Shaq might not have actually eaten anyone, you could be forgiven for mistaking the above gesture as something other than a friendly kiss.
2K and EA have got it all wrong. The future isn’t in simulations of actual basketball games. It’s in games based on basketball players. Like RPGs. Or, as we see here, platformers.
Kevin Garnett’s retirement from the NBA on the weekend was a sad day for Timberwolves fans, but it’s also a big deal for sports video game trivia nerds, because with KG out of the game there is no longer a link between the 16-bit era and the modern NBA.
Today in weird video game casting: Matt Walsh (Veep, The Hangover) as a very serious college basketball coach in NBA 2K17's MyCareer mode.
As the Warriors and Cavs prepare to do battle in the NBA Finals, the other 28 teams in the league are enjoying some time off. Some will spend it fishing, others will spend it with family and loved ones. Karl-Anthony Towns, the reigning Rookie of the Year, is streaming games on Twitch.