ESports gamers believe their professional leagues and tournaments are not too unlike that of professional sports organizations, and this week the emerging industry received more credibility in making that claim.
In February, the National Basketball Association (NBA) announced the formation of the NBA 2K eLeague, and this week professional basketball revealed 17 teams will have video gaming franchises. The concept, developed by the software company behind the “NBA 2K” video game series, will mimic that of the regular real-life NBA season.
Five players for each eLeague franchise will be drafted virtually to form a roster. They will then play an 82-game season, followed by the playoffs and finals. The 17 teams that have joined the eLeague include the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors, winners of the past three NBA titles.
The NBA is certainly doing more to help eSports than any of the other big four professional sports leagues. The NBA Playoffs are currently underway, and any viewer watching games televised on TNT have noticed the heavy eSports presence.
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