The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has announced the launch of its first ever international esports competition.
The FIBA Esports Open is scheduled to run between the 19th and the 21st of June as part of a pilot project in which basketball’s global governing body joins the esports movement alongside its national Member Federations.
National teams participating in the exhibition e-basketball tournament include Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Cyprus, Indonesia, Italy, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, New Zealand, the Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Switzerland and Ukraine.
Each team will consist of seven players, with five virtually on court and two reserves.
Games will be played remotely on NBA 2K using the Pro-AM mode. All matches played will be streamed live on FIBA’s Facebook, Twitch and YouTube channels with English language commentary.