Just a day after two NBA players tested positive for COVID-19 and the league announced it would suspend activities for at least thirty days, its esports arm followed suit.
The NBA 2K League will postpone the start of its season, which planned for March 24th.
Of course, unlike the real game, esports can be played online.
The league said in a statement that in the coming weeks it will hold preseason competitions remotely.
According to NBA 2K League Managing Director, “We will continue to evaluate the situation and do everything possible to bring the excitement of the NBA 2K League to our fans through remote preseason exhibitions and other content.
We look forward to share additional information about these exhibitions and the start of the 2020 season.”
Of the major US sports, the NBA is the one with the most visible link to esports.
Also, 2K League franchises tied to traditional basketball teams.
The NBA 2020 league postponed due to coronavirus
As we all continue to deal with the effects of this outbreak, other esports like Overwatch League and Call of Duty have also suspended activities.
For the NBA, if its games don’t come back, remote competition could be another way to keep fans engaged.
This league joins a growing list of esports competitions and gaming events that have been postponed.
That list includes Overwatch League, Call of Duty League, League of Legends European Championship, Flashpoint 1, China’s League of Legends Pro League.
Moreover, E3 2020, SXSW 2020, the Game Developers Conference and TwitchCon Amsterdam leagues and events faces suspension.
Some teams are going to use the game just that way.
The Phoenix Suns tweeted that despite the season’s suspension, they plan to play season games on NBA 2K20.
They will stream via Twitch, starting with a match tomorrow vs. the Dallas Mavericks.