It looks like 2K sports is the latest entity to join the wonderful world of eSports and the many opportunities offered therein.
According to recent reports, it looks like 2K Sports is going to host their very own tournament featuring its own basketball simulator, NBA 2k16. The prize for the announced tournament is going to be a massive $250,000 and the initial event, dubbed the road to the finals, is going to start off from February 15 2016 and is going to run in June alongside the NBA finals.
“Our series has long inspired rivalry among gamers, and we’re looking forward to encouraging our fans to enjoy the thrill of competition on a larger scale,” said Alfie Brody, vice president of marketing for NBA 2K, in a statement.
The format of the event has been revealed as well. There are going to be a total of sixteen winners that are going to be announced in a run of different events spanning the period between February 15 and May 8. After that, a single-elimination based tournament is going to be hosted with those sixteen winners which is going to happen starting May 21.
While there are no further details given out on the tournament and the details for entry, it is surely going to be something worthwhile for all of the eSports fans out there. 2K Sports’ parent, Take-Two is the latest entry in the long line of publishers and developers who have already shown interest in taking a hit at the emerging eSports market. Currently, there are a lot of major names involved in the world of eSports including Activision, Electronic Arts while many others such as Capcom and Microsoft have launched their own events featuring specific games on show. And that is not all, there has been a phenomenal increase in the number of eSports fans out there and more and more people are pouring in to watch the greatest battles from the world of professional gaming. Recently, ESPN also included eSports in its official XGames event and the event is going to give out proper professional athlete medals to the eSports participants as well and is also going to offer full coverage of the eSports segment as well.
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