Vir­tual cham­pi­onship, real am­bi­tion as NBA launches es­port league

The Gulf Today - Panorama - - Sport -

A vir­tual cham­pi­onship with real am­bi­tions be­gan this week as the Na­tional Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (NBA) tipped off its bid to gain a foothold in the bur­geon­ing arena of es­ports with the launch of its NBA 2K League. The league mir­rors the NBA — with a reg­u­lar sea­son, play­offs and a draft presided over by com­mis­sioner Adam Sil­ver (left), where top fran­chises vie to se­cure the stars of to­mor­row. The NBA 2K League is based on the best-selling bas­ket­ball video game of the same name which has sold more than 60 mil­lion copies since its launch in 1999. It is the first time a ma­jor pro­fes­sional US sports league has em­braced es­ports to the point of set­ting up its own league. The NBA 2K sea­son will run for 17 weeks un­til Au­gust, with a 15-week reg­u­lar sea­son fol­lowed by two play­offs and three in­de­pen­dent tour­na­ments, com­pet­ing for a to­tal prize pool of $1 mil­lion (Dhs3.7m). Speak­ing at the new league’s draft in April, NBA com­mis­sioner Sil­ver said the new es­ports ven­ture was now part of the league’s fam­ily, en­thu­si­as­ti­cally laud­ing the skills and ded­i­ca­tion of its play­ers.

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