If you are a fan of the NBA 2K franchise, your dreams have been answered! During the beginning of this month, the National Basketball Association announced a new eLeague partnership with NBA 2K developer, Take Two.  The league will officially begin in 2018 with each NBA team having its own eLeague team with five human players.

And that’s not all….Each human player will be treated like a real life NBA player. Yes, an actual NBA player. There will be contracts, endorsement deals and more.

The NBA 2K eLeague will set itself apart from the actual NBA in that there will be more diversity. Since gender, race, height and age have no importance in the virtual sport more people can join in.  The coolest thing about this league is that Take-Two Interactive will be creating custom avatars for each player in the eLeague. In order to get a better understanding of the NBA 2K eLeague, Engadget sat down with NBA VP of Global Partnerships Matt Holt and 2K’s SVP of Basketball Operations Jason Argent. Below is a snippet of the interview:

Q: What about in terms of diversity? How are the teams going to work in that regard? Is it going to be male only or can women play too?
Argent: I think that’s one of the most exciting parts to us. You know, you have to have some very serious level of athletic prowess to compete in the NBA. There’s a different level of prowess with this. So, males, females, 18-year-olds, 27-year-olds, 80-year-olds, you know, that’s the cool part about this for us. Everyone can participate, assuming they have the prowess of being able to play the game at that professional level. For us, it expands our video game audience, and I’m assuming that with the NBA it expands their audience as well, so that’s one of the biggest, exciting parts of it for us.

To check out the full interview please visit: https://www.engadget.com/2017/02/23/nba-2k-eleague-interview/

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