On Tuesday and Wednesday, the New York Liberty Ladies’s Nationwide Basketball Affiliation (or WNBA) group shall be taking part in towards the Los Angeles Sparks on a basketball court docket that’s coated in Xbox logos and console-inspired designs. Microsoft says that it’s the league’s “first gaming-inspired basketball court docket,” with the realm beneath the online made to look a bit just like the air flow holes within the Xbox Collection X.
In fact, there’s additionally a “metaverse” tie-in as properly — the court docket has been recreated within the Dunking Simulator Roblox expertise. Whereas the gameplay doesn’t look fairly as practical as one thing like NBA 2K, it may very well be enjoyable for these of us who received’t have the ability to attend one of many precise video games.
Microsoft says it’ll donate as much as $50,000 to the Mamba & Mambacita Sports activities Basis or Ladies Who Code, giving $10 to one of many foundations for every submission to its Energy Her Goals website, as a part of its objective to carry extra consideration to girls in sports activities and gaming.
A report from The Guardian final yr highlighted how girls are massively underrepresented within the checklist of high earners in esports, and gamers within the WNBA are paid far much less on common than their NBA counterparts. WNBA gamers have simply began to seem on the duvet of the favored NBA 2K online game sequence prior to now two years after the league was added to NBA 2K20.