It was announced this morning that complete WNBA rosters will be included on NBA Live 18. This historic event in gaming will be available next month via EA’s latest iteration of one of it’s flagship franchises.
In an interview with CNBC, Sean O’Brien, Electronic Arts (EA) Sports’ executive producer for NBA Live– stated that the idea was born via a continuous push for more diversity in gaming. The blueprint of which, was provided by EA Canada’s inclusion of women’s soccer teams on FIFA 16.
Click below for the trailer to the WNBA Play Now mode:
“We are delighted to collaborate and make history with EA as NBA LIVE 18 becomes the first video game to feature the WNBA’s full roster of teams and players,” said WNBA President Lisa Borders, via press release. “With EA’s expertise and ingenuity, the game will provide a terrific platform to showcase the players and the league, enabling fans to experience the WNBA in a new, exciting way.”
It's OVERRRRRRRRR! I'm never moving from the tv … except for practice and games 😂 https://t.co/Gt1lIQHoOM
— NWK FINEST (@Sykes_20) August 3, 2017
One of the more forward thinking globally recognized companies, the EA x WNBA collaboration makes sense on its face. In 2017, Electronic Arts ranked as one of the Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality by the Human Rights Campaign.
In My Opinion:
THIS SHXT IS DOPE! I mean, this is nothing short of amazing news. Never mind the fact that it’s five, ten, fifteen years late in arrival. Representation definitely matters!
The bad: WNBA players are appearing on NBA Live, not NBA 2K (the more popular hoops franchise, developed by Visual Concepts).
The good: IT’S A START (and possible boon for EA). Time will tell, how it progresses. Best case, this new game play mode is a success. And with success comes further investment by EA and potentially Visual Concepts and others.
It’s a win regardless. #LeanIn