Seventeen NBA teams to participate in first NBA 2K esports league season

The NBA and Take-Two Interactive, makers of NBA 2K, announced in February plans to launch the esports league.

Seventeen NBA teams will participate in the inaugural NBA 2K esports league season, set to debut in 2018, the league announced Thursday.

“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,” NBA 2K esports league managing director Brendan Donohue said in a statement. “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.”

The participating NBA teams:

Boston Celtics
Cleveland Cavaliers
Dallas Mavericks
Detroit Pistons
Golden State Warriors
Indiana Pacers
Memphis Grizzlies
Miami Heat
Milwaukee Bucks
New York Knicks
Orlando Magic
Philadelphia 76ers
Portland Trail Blazers
Sacramento Kings
Toronto Raptors
Utah Jazz
Washington Wizards
















The NBA and Take-Two Interactive, makers of NBA 2K, announced in February plans to launch the esports league that will bring together the best basketball gamers in the world.

In the coming months, the league and its teams will make a variety of announcements related to participating players, team branding, league structure and business updates.


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