While the esports world still mainly consists of tournaments and leagues of PUBG, League of Legends, and DOTA2, the online games based on physical sports are also becoming popular. As a matter of fact, these online equivalents of physical sports really help different sports to regain their fans. The NBA is just one of the structures to realize this and thus invest in esports. The NBA 2K is the esports variant of the regular NBA that has been around for decades and it’s becoming more and more popular every season. This is rather understandable, as young people nowadays prefer to play online games rather than go out to the basketball court and do the sweating and jumping themselves. Also, in order to play online basketball, you don’t need to have all the physical qualities real-life players need.
The fact that we live in a highly digitized world also helps when it comes to esports gaining popularity. NBA 2K tournaments might not be watched live by many people but the fact that some fans share the highlights of the games certainly raise the interest of other people too and turn them into fans of the esports game too. Thanks to social media, it is just easier to make a game more popular. NBA certainly knew what they were doing when they started NBA 2K. The esports NBA league has a lot of fans and its fan pool is continuously growing, especially since the league is expanding into other countries too.
The NBA 2K League tournaments of 2019 have come to an end. However, there is a high chance that next year we will see even more teams and great players join the adventure. The NBA 2K League only launched a year ago and it already has an impressive audience. In a few years, it might have the same audience pool as regular NBA games. This is especially good for NBA as it doesn’t only mean that their investment is safe, the interest in the esports version of basketball might just make young people interested in the physical NBA games again too.
Playing basketball on a PC might not be as exciting as shooting your opponents online, however, it certainly appeals to many people, especially younger ones. The NBA 2K League will certainly grow fast, as there are a lot of people who still love playing or watching basketball, even if online. Also, there are people who love betting on these games and for this category, it really doesn’t matter if they bet on real-life games or online games, as long as they have a place to put their basketball betting tips to good use. Other sports will most likely join the esports universe in the near future. We are eager to see which ones will become the most popular ones.