NBA 2K16 enters eSports world with $250,000 Road to the Finals competition

Now actual sports games are turning to eSports. What's next?

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2K has announced NBA 2K16 will be entering the world of competitive gaming with its NBA 2K16 Road to the Finals competition.

The NBA 2K16 Road to the Finals competition merges simulation basketball with eSports, which will culminate over the course over the NBA Finals in June. Both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players can form their own NBA 2K Pro-Am teams to then compete in a series of in-game events in order to qualify for the tournament to win $250,000.

The Road to the Finals begins on February 15 in North America and will continue through May 8. A total of 16 qualifying events will take place, with participants required to win at least four games in order to qualify. The four games won will be scored based on the team’s performance and then ranked on an even leaderboard with the top score of each qualifying event day deemed the winner. Winners will then move on to the tournament.

On May 21, the 16 winners will go head-to-head in a single elimination tournament. The console winners will then face off for the $250,000 championship in June during the actual NBA Finals.

“The NBA 2K development team has aspired to join the exciting world of eSports for years,” said Greg Thomas, president of Visual Concepts. “Road to the Finals is our first step, and we can’t wait to add even more excitement and competitive action to our franchise.”

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