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Promotion Continues to Ramp for NBA 2K's eLeague

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Promotion Continues to Ramp for NBA 2K's eLeague

We’re continuing to see a slow roll of news out of official team sites who are hosting the NBA 2K18 eLeague in year one — set to begin play in 2018.

Late last week, the Orlando Magic put out a new article on their site discussing the upcoming league:

Tryouts (almost like a pre-draft combine) will take place in February, the draft will occur in March and the inaugural season will tip off in May. Each team will select five players. They will live in the city where the team is based and they, collectively, will compete at one or two central locations in head-to-head games and tournaments throughout the season in five-on-five matchups.

What you won’t see in this competition are the electronic versions of LeBron James, Steph Curry or any current or former NBA player. That’s because each individual player will have their own avatar. Artificial intelligence will be excluded and playing ability will strictly be determined by skill.

Brendan Donohue, the managing director responsible for overseeing the NBA 2K League, is excited about what’s ahead for the participating NBA franchises and the millions of esports gamers and fans across the globe.

The official league, announced back in February, will begin play next year as franchises settle on their eSports rosters.

Are you looking to join the big leagues in NBA 2K18 or are you planning on watching the inaugural season’s action? 

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  1. looking forward to esports players introducing the concept of players dribbling left and right at the perimeter behind a pick to the rest of the NBA
    I'm fine with esports but I just don't think NBA 2k esport is intriguing at all. Like once I have a high overall and all my badges I almost exclusively play Pro-AM but I find watching other people play Pro-AM boring as hell. It's just not a good esport imo.
    esports for 2k should be almost a entirely different game. Something more similar to versus mode or offline play but unfortunately its not.
    Majority of the people who have top proam teams are people who have never really played on a basketball team. They also don't understand fundamental basketball concepts either.
    Not sure if this will be entertaining but it will be an opportunity for 2k to be exposed...for better or for worse
    I love how they want to get into eSports with pro-am but a significant amount of people can't even join the arena's with their teams, let alone play a game, because they live too far from each other and 2K servers can't handle that.
    It'll be lovely to see people spend 30 minutes trying to join each others arena's during an eSports tournament. :appl:
    LebronFlames1988
    esports for 2k should be almost a entirely different game. Something more similar to versus mode or offline play but unfortunately its not.
    Majority of the people who have top proam teams are people who have never really played on a basketball team. They also don't understand fundamental basketball concepts either.
    Not sure if this will be entertaining but it will be an opportunity for 2k to be exposed...for better or for worse

    Hence why they have top pro am teams because if you play fundamental basketball you won't be successful in this game. Exploiting and cheesing is the only way to get and stay at the top. If you try to play like you see nba played then you will be a middle team at best.
    Hoxsfan
    I love how they want to get into eSports with pro-am but a significant amount of people can't even join the arena's with their teams, let alone play a game, because they live too far from each other and 2K servers can't handle that.
    It'll be lovely to see people spend 30 minutes trying to join each others arena's during an eSports tournament. :appl:

    Don't worry, they will fix it a week before the games start. Remember the break starter cheese in 2k16 when they waited for the tournament to start before they fixed it.
    Hoxsfan
    I love how they want to get into eSports with pro-am but a significant amount of people can't even join the arena's with their teams, let alone play a game, because they live too far from each other and 2K servers can't handle that.
    It'll be lovely to see people spend 30 minutes trying to join each others arena's during an eSports tournament. :appl:

    Im sure they will have dedicated servers. dedicated networks for this. so network slow downs will be minimal.
    The NBA is investing money in this, so Im sure the infrastructure for this will be rock solid, and most likely handled by a third party.
    I like the idea that AI wont be a heavy influence in the game play. stick skills, as well as team based skillls is what is desired. so this may be entertaining to watch.
    I never cared for watching e leagues or online game play till I started playing Foxhole. Watching the game-play footage of well orchestrated units is a thing of beauty. the dialog between players, etc. when team based play works, is a thing of beauty.
    Hopefully the e-league wont be filled with a bunch of cheesers, etc
    Some of you seem to not understand this is not a hobby, this is a professional league with a salary, if you are selected to play on a specific team you have to be willing to move to to that state where the team is located, this is not some online get my friends together and play thing.
    LebronFlames1988
    esports for 2k should be almost a entirely different game. Something more similar to versus mode or offline play but unfortunately its not.
    Majority of the people who have top proam teams are people who have never really played on a basketball team. They also don't understand fundamental basketball concepts either.
    Not sure if this will be entertaining but it will be an opportunity for 2k to be exposed...for better or for worse

    It will definitely be interesting to see what comes of this. Considering some of the noobs Ive seen play, and guys with purple hair and wearing a dress shirt, and just looking like weirdos, on top of their lack of basketball IQ, it will interesting to see how this goes. If you have a bunch of goofy weirdos running around the court, playing a combo of street ball and NBA jamfest, or whatever that ridiculous games was called that EA made, then I cant imagine this venture panning out.
    While I think those Esports things you see on TV with war games, or whatever it is, I find ridiculous, and have no desire to watch any of it, namley because its not a sport, its a video game where you shoot things, so I find it strange they call it Esports, but I suppose its not anymore ridiculous than ESPN showing poker and the spelling bee,lol.
    But if its done right, I think it could be entertaining to watch. JMO, but I would rather see a league where they were using real players, instead of these fake made up players. I will likely watch when to start with just to see, what its all about, but if its anything like these youtube vids or what they show on the weekly 2k show, then not so much. If they have quality guys playing as a team, and their players actually look like a normal athlete would look like instead of a bunch of weirdo Rodman like characters, it will probably be something I will watch, as I enjoy watching those who actually have a good understanding of how to play basketball.
    CaseIH
    It will definitely be interesting to see what comes of this. Considering some of the noobs Ive seen play, and guys with purple hair and wearing a dress shirt, and just looking like weirdos, on top of their lack of basketball IQ, it will interesting to see how this goes. If you have a bunch of goofy weirdos running around the court, playing a combo of street ball and NBA jamfest, or whatever that ridiculous games was called that EA made, then I cant imagine this venture panning out.
    While I think those Esports things you see on TV with war games, or whatever it is, I find ridiculous, and have no desire to watch any of it, namley because its not a sport, its a video game where you shoot things, so I find it strange they call it Esports, but I suppose its not anymore ridiculous than ESPN showing poker and the spelling bee,lol.
    But if its done right, I think it could be entertaining to watch. JMO, but I would rather see a league where they were using real players, instead of these fake made up players. I will likely watch when to start with just to see, what its all about, but if its anything like these youtube vids or what they show on the weekly 2k show, then not so much. If they have quality guys playing as a team, and their players actually look like a normal athlete would look like instead of a bunch of weirdo Rodman like characters, it will probably be something I will watch, as I enjoy watching those who actually have a good understanding of how to play basketball.

    This is not some myplayer dress up BS you are seeing online where a guy runs around trying to score all the points, this is a business partnership with the NBA. There will be a draft people will be under contract, people will have to move, have acesss to NBA facilities, Practice with teammates and coaches there will be no costume idiots, the NBA sees this a a new business venture something that will be profitable in the future as technology advances and they will expect people they bring onboard to act accordingly.
    LebronFlames1988
    esports for 2k should be almost a entirely different game. Something more similar to versus mode or offline play but unfortunately its not.
    Majority of the people who have top proam teams are people who have never really played on a basketball team. They also don't understand fundamental basketball concepts either.
    Not sure if this will be entertaining but it will be an opportunity for 2k to be exposed...for better or for worse

    And how is that different than any other eSport title?
    How many Counterstrike or call of duty players have seen combat and use real military tactics?
    The rest of the esports titles are basically pure fantasy, like 2k's animations.
    CaseIH
    It will definitely be interesting to see what comes of this. Considering some of the noobs Ive seen play, and guys with purple hair and wearing a dress shirt, and just looking like weirdos, on top of their lack of basketball IQ, it will interesting to see how this goes. If you have a bunch of goofy weirdos running around the court, playing a combo of street ball and NBA jamfest, or whatever that ridiculous games was called that EA made, then I cant imagine this venture panning out.
    While I think those Esports things you see on TV with war games, or whatever it is, I find ridiculous, and have no desire to watch any of it, namley because its not a sport, its a video game where you shoot things, so I find it strange they call it Esports, but I suppose its not anymore ridiculous than ESPN showing poker and the spelling bee,lol.
    But if its done right, I think it could be entertaining to watch. JMO, but I would rather see a league where they were using real players, instead of these fake made up players. I will likely watch when to start with just to see, what its all about, but if its anything like these youtube vids or what they show on the weekly 2k show, then not so much. If they have quality guys playing as a team, and their players actually look like a normal athlete would look like instead of a bunch of weirdo Rodman like characters, it will probably be something I will watch, as I enjoy watching those who actually have a good understanding of how to play basketball.

    "Sport" is just being used as an interchangeable term for competition. Sport is a physical activity involving skill where people compete. so eSport is where people are involved in an electronic activity involving skill where people compete.
    I remember they said that the characters you play with will carry over the look of your myplayer.
    Will they live stream all the guys in a squad trying to join each other's neighborhoods, squad up, and then have half of them get stuck in a door/different court entirely or will they just edit that part out for the NBA 2KTV package?
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    coolcras7
    This is not some myplayer dress up BS you are seeing online where a guy runs around trying to score all the points, this is a business partnership with the NBA. There will be a draft people will be under contract, people will have to move, have acesss to NBA facilities, Practice with teammates and coaches there will be no costume idiots, the NBA sees this a a new business venture something that will be profitable in the future as technology advances and they will expect people they bring onboard to act accordingly.

    Well if thats the case, I think it may very well be worth watching. I was afraid it was going to be a bunch of Rodman looking weirdos running around like you see on YT, or what you see at times on the weekly 2k show. I wonder what kind of money your going to be paid. Definitely curious to see what comes of this, Im too old and just not good enough on the sticks due to slowing reflexes to try out, but Im now definitely interested in watching.
    CaseIH
    Well if thats the case, I think it may very well be worth watching. I was afraid it was going to be a bunch of Rodman looking weirdos running around like you see on YT, or what you see at times on the weekly 2k show. I wonder what kind of money your going to be paid. Definitely curious to see what comes of this, Im too old and just not good enough on the sticks due to slowing reflexes to try out, but Im now definitely interested in watching.

    I believe almost 6 figures and over depending on extras
    coolcras7
    I believe almost 6 figures and over depending on extras

    Wow, wish I was young again with the Pacers being 1 of the franchise's to get into this. Thats crazy to think you could get paid 6 figures or more, to play video game basketball.
    This just seems like a complete dumpster fire to me. Why in the world are they trying to make this e-league the same as being in the nba?
    Just start a tournament somewhere, let players pay and register to play, and let that be that.
    Once the good get weeded from the bad hold an invitational for the highly seeded players.
    This format they are using is way too exclusive and will take too much time. And why isn't MyTeam and Play Now online included in this? As one of the few people who actually like watching 2k competitive play I don't like this.
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