Have you considered whether or not you would choose between a multi-million dollar payout or a few rounds of your favorite video game? Yeah, neither have we. Compton native rapper The Game admitted during an interview with Complex that he once turned a $7 million tour so that he could level up in NBA 2K.
Jun 15, 2022
For NBA 2K fans in high school, it’s officially your time to shine. After a partnership between Publisher 2K and Black-owned esports company PlayVS, the popular basketball video game is on its way to becoming a high school varsity esport in the U.S. and Canada, Forbes reports. In the spring, NBA 2K will be added to PlayVS for gamers to begin their online matches. Keeping in mind the reality that everyone doesn’t have the ability to play contact sports, the new partnership aims to provide more inclusivity for students, along with helping to improve attendance, grades and graduation rates — even as far as eventually competing at collegiate and professional levels. “Bringing NBA 2K, one of the most highly demanded titles among our player base, to high schools across the country is a monumental opportunity in scholastic esports,” PlayVS founder and CEO Delane Parnell said in a statement. “Since the founding of PlayVS, it has been our vision to grow esports opportunities at the high...
Mar 2, 2022
LaMelo Ball is already off to a stellar year. The NBA Rookie of the Year and Charlotte Hornets Point Guard is launching an esports brand — MB1 Gaming — with the help of technology company One Up. The platform will support MB1 Gaming by providing the operating system and resources needed to thrive in the world of esports through the latest One Up OS platform. “We are excited to partner with stars like LaMelo in the creation of their own esports brands and communities through One Up’s turn-key technology platform,” One Up CEO Brandon Pitts said in a press release. “Many professional athletes are big gamers and are looking for unique ways to use their own gaming fandom to ignite and expand their fanbase. We are completely democratizing competitive esports, and providing gamers with the infrastructure to either compete and monetize their skills or launch their own esports business.”
Jan 26, 2022
Black women are breaking barriers left and right! According to ESPN, Candace Parker will now become the first female basketball player to grace the cover of NBA 2K. The Chicago Sky star will represent the WNBA’s 25th-anniversary special edition NBA 2K22 game set to be released on Sept. 10. “I grew up a video game fanatic, that’s what I did, to the point where my brothers would give me the fake controller when I was younger where I think I was playing and I wasn’t,” said Parker . “All I wanted to do was just be like them. As a kid growing up, you dream of having your own shoe and dream of being in a video game. Those are an athlete as a kid’s dreams. To be able to experience that, I don’t take it lightly.” View this post on Instagram A post shared by Candace Parker (@candaceparker) For Parker, the historic move resonates much more now that she’s been in the WNBA for over a decade. “I think when you’re young and experience these types of things, you’re onto the next thing,” she...
Jul 14, 2021
Chiquita Evans is a pro now. This week, she became the first woman gamer ever drafted into NBA 2K’s esports league. She went to Warriors Gaming — the esports team associated with the Golden State Warriors — in the fourth round. Im so blessed and humbled to be apart of a great organization @WarriorsGaming can’t wait to meet everyone… have a great group of teammates @B_SM00VE_JAY @ommtype @Jinsanity_3 @KinaTTG @Gradient__ 💪🏾💪🏾 — Beyond Legendary Quita (@Quita) March 6, 2019 A former semi-pro basketball player, Evans was notified in January that she made the final round of the league’s tryout process and announced her next steps to fans on Twitter. Today is a special day… I turned 25 today, 😂🤣 and I received that best birthday present ever 🤗😊💪🏾💯 thanks everyone who believed in me and supported my dreams I owe you guys everything… ⛹🏽♀️ I love you all #150Bound pic.twitter.com/Wp95DHSXoA — Beyond Legendary Quita (@Quita) January 26, 2019 Women have historically been underrepresented in the...
Mar 7, 2019