This morning it was announced that Twitch and the NBA 2K League have come to an agreement for a multiyear deal to stream the league's competitions on the social streaming service. The deal gives Twitch the first media rights deal for the league, which will debut on May 1st and feature over 100 NBA 2K players from across the globe. The League made it's premiere back on April 4th at Madison Square Garden with 17 teams drafting six esports players each to form all the lineups.
Twitch is set to provide "live streams of up to 199 games throughout the season, including weekly matchups, three in-season tournaments, playoffs and the NBA 2K League Finals. The live streams will include various talent providing live commentary, analysis, and additional league updates." Here are a couple quotes from this morning's press release on the new agreement.
"This is a groundbreaking partnership for the NBA 2K League," said NBA 2K League Managing Director Brendan Donohue. "Twitch shares our innovative spirit and commitment to putting the gaming community first, and is the ideal home to provide our passionate 2K, NBA and esports fans around the world with the opportunity to catch all the excitement of our inaugural season."
"From video games to real games, the NBA continues to innovate around basketball when it comes to engaging with the Twitch community," said Justin Dellario, Head of Esports Programs, Twitch. "By partnering with Twitch for the NBA 2K League, that pioneering spirit will continue to be reflected when we elevate this latest entry to the world of competitive gaming with interactive features and our global stage."
This is a nice deal for both as the service now gets a sports-oriented group in the mix while the league gets a firm platform to show off what they can do.