The WNBA's inclusion in the world's most popular basketball video game will dramatically change the perception of women in sports
Kevin WebbOct 12, 2019, 03:42 IST
"NBA 2K20"/2K Games
The Connecticut Sun and Washington Mystics played in this year's WNBA Finals.
"NBA 2K20" added the WNBA to the franchise for the very first time.
In an interview with Business Insider, "NBA 2K" gameplay director Mike Wang said the creative team had been planning to add the WNBA to the game for several years, but needed time to complete the process.
The WNBA players have been scanned and motion-captured just like the men, and the game has been tweaked to meet the skill, style, and finesse of the women's game.
Increased representation for the WNBA and other female athletes in video games will only help to increase the popularity of women's sports in the long-term.
Last night, Elena Delle Donne and the Washington Mystics beat the Connecticut Mystics in the fifth and deciding game of the WNBA Finals, closing out the season in impressive fashion. After the game was done, I turned on my Xbox to play "NBA 2K20" so I could replay the same matchup in the WNBA Finals myself.
As simple as it sounds, this wasn't possible two months ago. This is the very first year that the WNBA has been included in "NBA 2K," and it has already done a great job helping me and countless others become more familiar with the league's players.
Playing games like "Madden" and "MVP Baseball" as a kid helped make me into a sports fan, and I know I'm not alone. The presence of the WNBA and other women's sports teams will help open these games up to new audiences and help bring new fans to professional women's sports.