With this Covid-19 pandemic facing the world, a lot of sports teams have decided to cancel their seasons all over the world and rightfully so. The dangers of being infected are high. At Geek Impulse we predicted that this could be the beginning of eSports scaling because the athletes are going to get involved in some way and take over or at least attempt to dominate the space. The NBA does already have an official eSports league. Yahoo Sports reporter Chris Haynes cites league sources indicating that a 16-player, Players Only NBA 2K Tournament lasting 10 days will begin on Friday, with ESPN set to broadcast it.
As we get closer to the event, it’s almost impossible to compare what the NBA is doing and the NBA 2K League. The league features real NBA teams, but professional gamers.The NBA is not the only place taking advantage of the situation in a positive way for fans. NASCAR also set up the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series, which involves a handful of active drivers virtually competing on the track. The first race on March 22 had about 900,000 viewers on FS1.
The NBA suspended play indefinitely on March 12 after Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19. Teammate Donovan Mitchell also tested positive, as did Pistons forward Christian Wood, Celtics guard Marcus Smart and four members of the Brooklyn Nets, including Kevin Durant. No return date has been set for the NBA, and there remains the possibility that the remainder of the 2019-20 season is canceled entirely. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban remains optimistic the NBA will resume, citing late May as a potential time-frame. Thoughts on this Players Only NBA 2K Tournament?