On the hardcourt, three-on-three has gotten a lot of attention and basketball esports isn’t far behind. Ebasketball is a recreation of basketball games in which real players and teams take part. Unlike football esports, some titles have full licenses from the NBA and NBPA to make video games. Despite the presence of EA’s NBA Live and an arcade-style two-versus-two game called NBA Playgrounds, no basketball game has garnered the same level of fandom and competitive devotion as 2K’s NBA 2K series.
The NBA 2K League, the popular video game franchise’s professional esports branch, just announced a trio of 3v3 events for NBA 2K, all sponsored by bitcoin trading platform Coinbase.
The Steal Open, one of the tournaments, will also host a qualifying series for teams from the Philippines, Korea, and Australia.
The Steal Open APAC Qualifiers will begin on June 22 and will be played with 3v3 Pro-Am rules. Registration was only open to participants aged 18 and up, and it finished on Sunday, June 19.
The NBA Australia has released a promotional video that is all about the APAC Qualifiers for the NBA 2K Steal Open.
The cash reward will be $2,500, which is almost P133,000. In addition, the victorious team will receive a trip to the United States to compete in the Coinbase Steal Open against professional 2K League teams.