The Los Angeles Lakers announced on Wednesday that they were going to be joining the NBA 2K League, along with the Atlanta Hawks, Brooklyn Nets and Minnesota Timberwolves. With these teams joining the league, there are only nine NBA teams that do not have representation in the league.
Coming soon… #NBA2KLeague
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) August 15, 2018
“Welcoming these four world-class organizations and their passionate fanbases to the NBA 2K League is an exciting moment not only for the league, but for the entire 2K community,” said NBA 2K League Managing Director Brendan Donohue. “From their innovative spirit to their global reach, we know each of these teams will be a tremendous addition, and we are thrilled that this growth offers the opportunity for new players, coaches and support staff to join the league.”
The new teams joining the league will pay a $750,000 expansion fee and will participate in an expansion draft that will be held on September 28th.
All games are broadcast on Twitch, and the competition is held in New York City at the NBA 2K League Studio.
With eSports on the rise throughout the world, it’s a good sign that the Lakers are getting involved early in the process. Viewership on Twitch increases every day in nearly every game category, and the investment that the Lakers made today could pay dividends in the future.