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Published February 9, 2017

The NBA and Take-Two Interactive Software are forming a partnership to bring an esports league based on the NBA 2k game series. 2k announced on Twitter Wednesday night via Espn.com

The eLeague is set up to start in 2018, it will have 30 NBA 2k teams, each owned by an actual NBA franchise, this is coming from the NBA commisioner Adam Silver and Strauss Zelnick, the CEO of Take-Two. Teams will have five human controlled players within a five month season that mirrors the real NBA season. Going though a regular season of head-to-head games as well as playoffs and eventually a championship matchup.

No specifics were delivered when the talk of money was mentioned, neither was the schedule or salary cap. The NBA will likely have at least half of its teams on board when the eLeague starts in 2018.

The NBA will draft esports players and each franchise will have five players and the players will likely have to treat this as a full time job during the season. The league will stage events, sell tickets and even sign sponsors.

With all of this being said, although it seems like a great idea, it’s well documented that NBA 2k has some of the worst online servers known to man so this hopefully won’t be one of those “what if” stories when saying something was a good idea but executed poorly.

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