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:
Golden State Warriors
New York Knicks
Portland Trail Blazers
— NBA (@NBA) May 4, 2017
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.