Esports primer: NBA 2K

Esports are passionately followed by millions of fans around the globe on a daily basis. With the games featuring a wide range of formats, competition types and schedules, Field Level Media is producing a series of overviews to introduce you to the most popular titles, teams and personalities.

Today, a look at an NBA 2K.

The NBA 2K series began in 1999, billed as next generation of basketball simulation games. From its inception, NBA 2K has allowed gamers to select an NBA team and compete against other NBA teams, using actual NBA team and player names.

The game’s current version — NBA 2K20 — includes single-game, single-season and career modes, allowing gamers to compete as a player or team general manager. NBA 2K20 also includes 65 teams from past NBA seasons, and for the first time in the NBA 2K series, all 12 WNBA franchises.

Available only on Dreamcast in its inaugural release, NBA 2K is now available on all major gaming formats.

Like a regular NBA game, NBA 2K games are five-on-five in most modes. As it is in the NBA, the name of the game in NBA 2K is winning — and nowhere is that more true than in the NBA 2K League.


Like the game upon which it is built, the NBA 2K League revolutionized the way professional sports leagues partner with their corresponding professional esports league, as it was the first official esports league operated by a U.S. professional sports league. Thus, the league’s operational structure is similar to that of the NBA, including a tryout process and scouting combine for prospective players and a draft involving all 23 NBA 2K franchises.

–Scott Moe, Field Level Media (@FieldLevelMedia)

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