May. 07, 2017
Heat among 17 teams participating in NBA 2K Esports league
Want a chance to play for the Heat? Well here's an opportunity.
The Miami Heat will participate in the inaugural season of the NBA 2K esports league, set to debut in 2018. The Heat are among 17 teams participating in the first season of the league, which is the first one ever operated by a U.S. professional sports league.
“This is the first step in what promises to be an extraordinary league, bringing together the world's best gamers and showcasing elite competition on an international stage,” said . “Our teams have expressed tremendous enthusiasm for esports, and we are looking forward to forming something truly unique for basketball and gaming fans around the globe.”
Earlier this season, the Heat bought a esports expansion team. The strategic partnership calls for the Heat to assist in a variety of business related areas, including sponsorship activation, marketing, branding, and promotion of the team.
“We are thrilled to be working alongside 16 other NBA teams on this innovative esports league,” . “Given our unique integration into the esports community through our relationship with Misfits, we feel confident in our ability to reach Miami HEAT and Misfits fans alike, as we help create a new and exciting league from scratch.”
Each 2K sports league team will feature five players who will play the game using newly created avatars(not existing NBA players). Unlike most traditional sports video games, NBA 2K creates a team dynamic with five players facing teams with five different players.
In the inaugural season, the Heat will be joined by the Boston Celtics,Cleveland Cavaliers,Dallas Mavericks,Detroit Pistons,Golden State Warriors,Indiana Pacers, Memphis Grizzlies, Milwaukee Bucks,New York Knicks,Orlando Magic,Philadelphia 76ers,Portland Trail Blazers,Sacramento Kings,Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz, and the Washington Wizards.