FIBA ventures into eSports with its first international tournament

FIBA, the International Basketball Federation, has launched its first-ever international esports competition for national teams, the FIBA Esports Open 2020.

This inaugural series of exhibition e-basketball games will take place from June 19 to 21, 2020. The national teams participating include Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Cyprus, Indonesia, Italy, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, New Zealand, the Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Switzerland and Ukraine.

Each team will consist of seven players, five on the court and two reserves. Games will be played remotely on NBA 2K using the Pro-AM mode and allowing full customization of player avatars, uniforms and arena designs. Click here to view the FIBA Esports Open 2020 schedule.

The entire FIBA Esports Open 2020 series will be produced from the brand-new FIBA Esports Studio located in Riga, Latvia, with a daily four-hour show featuring up to six games. Each game will be livestreamed on FIBA’s Facebook, Twitch and YouTube channels with live commentary in English.

Frank Leenders, FIBA Media and Marketing Services Director General said: “The esports initiative was identified by the FIBA Central Board as important and consistent with the strategic objective to enlarge the FIBA Family. In these challenging times, we feel encouraged by the enthusiasm of some of our National Federations who are already active in this space and have been our charter partners during the last few months.”

Jason Argent, Senior Vice President of Basketball Operations at 2K said: “Through these matches, we’re excited to be able to celebrate the global appeal of basketball.”

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