The National Hockey League (NHL) is the latest organization to go virtual, having announced that nearly 50 real-life hockey players have signed up to represent their teams in an NHL 20 competition called the NHL Player Gaming Challenge. The NHL has set up a series of one-off games that will play out primarily during the month of May.
The full list of participants is on the league’s website.
Games will take place on Thursdays and Sundays over the course of four weeks starting on the 30th of April, hosted by Los Angeles Kings commentator Alex Faust.
The NHL will livestream every matchup on its Twitch channel and other social platforms, including YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook, and all games will also appear within NHL Network’s on-air programming. In addition, some games will be broadcast in Canada on Sportsnet One and in the U.S. on NBC Sports Network. Esports organization ESL Gaming is producing the Player Gaming Challenge, which will be played in the PlayStation 4 version of NHL 20.