Invitations are out to 23 Canadian gamers with seven spots open for FIBA Esports Open

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“This is a huge step forward for professional NBA 2K,” said Talbot, esports manager at Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment. “Obviously what we know is that the talent that’s being showcased in the NBA 2K League and in general at this high level of competition is really elite. It is highly entertaining.

“But when national programs and FIBA (the governing body of world basketball) embrace the game, it lends a level of credibility … I think that’s huge for establishing ourselves as a legitimate esport.”Canada will face Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Puerto Rico and the U.S. in the North and Central American conference Dec. 19-20. It marks the first esports competition for Canada Basketball.Rosters have to be submitted by the end of the month.While the Canadian team will have little time together, Talbot says top NBA 2K gamers are adaptable and able to pick up speed fast.NBA 2K League players from the 2020 season include Sten (Sav) Valge-Saar of Lakers Gaming, Yusuf (Yusuf_Scarbz) Abdulla of Kings Guard Gaming, Meyhar (AuthenticAfrican) Ahmed-Hassan of Grizz Gaming, Daniel (DT) Tlais of Magic Gaming, Destiny (JoshJay) Idugboe of Cavs Legion GC and Brock (EhTruth) Nikolakakos …

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