NBA creates e-sports league in the US

BBC – The National Basketball Association has teamed up with video game publisher Take-Two Interactive to create an e-sports league in the US.

It represents one of the biggest tie-ups between video gaming and a major sports league.

Eventually all of the 30 NBA teams will have an e-sports division, but initially only a few will be chosen.

In England, Premier League clubs Manchester City and West Ham have signed up e-sports players.

The basketball e-league – known as the NBA 2K ELeague – will start playing in 2018. The teams, which will be made up of five players, will play a five-month season that mirrors the real NBA season.

Those chosen to make up the teams will be given salaries and play the game as avatars that they create for themselves, rather than representing actual players.

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