Watching the NBA 2K eLeague fantasy ecosystem develop is going to be very interesting to say the least. As the first of the big four professional sports leagues in the US to enter the eSports game, the NBA has sailed us into uncharted waters. Here there be dragons.
The NBA 2K eLeague draft will be similar to the NBA draft in that teams will select players and have the ability to indentify talent through means that might be outside of normal channels like league play.
Sports Business Daily just reported that Brendan Donohue will be the managing director of the NBA 2K eLeague. Donohue was Senior VP Team Marketing & Business Operations prior to the new position.
Mark Cuban says that the Dallas Mavericks will be one of the first to field a team in the new NBA 2K eLeague in 2018. This new eSports league will be the first owned by one of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States.
On a Forbes SportsMoney podcast in March Celtics Managing Partner, Governor and Chief Executive Officer Wyc Grousbeck talked to Mike Ozanian about the impact of technology on the sports industry in general and his intent to join the NBA 2K eLeague.
eSports gambling is a booming new industry in several large global markets and the United States is about to join the frey in a big way. The NBA 2K eLeague represents the first eSports foray by any professional US sports league and it will drive eSports gambling in Las Vegas and beyond.
The Toronto Raptors have announced their intent to participate in the NBA 2K eLeague as one of the 8-12 teams for the eLeague debut in 2018. The Raptors seem excited and have expressed that they see opportunity in the eSports industry.
The eSports industry is growing exponentially and will soon be a billion dollar industry. The announcement of the NBA 2K eLeague slated to debut in 2018 proves that the big boys are starting to recognize the potential in eSports. The NBA’s eSports basketball league is a huge opportunity for brands and early movers will reap the rewards.
The NBA announced a new partnership with Take Two Interactive (2KSports.com) to create the NBA 2K eLeague, an NBA eSports league where the teams are owned and managed by actual NBA franchises. The world of eSports has been expanding rapidly but this is the first time a US professional sports league has entered the frey.