On Tuesday and Wednesday, the New York Liberty Ladies’s Nationwide Basketball Affiliation (or WNBA) staff can be taking part in in opposition to the Los Angeles Sparks on a basketball courtroom that’s coated in Xbox logos and console-inspired designs. Microsoft says that it’s the league’s “first gaming-inspired basketball courtroom,” with the world beneath the online made to look a bit just like the air flow holes within the Xbox Collection X.
After all, there’s additionally a “metaverse” tie-in as effectively — the courtroom has been recreated within the Dunking Simulator Roblox expertise. Whereas the gameplay doesn’t look fairly as reasonable as one thing like NBA 2K, it could possibly be enjoyable for these of us who received’t be capable 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 Women 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 convey extra consideration to ladies in sports activities and gaming.
A report from The Guardian final yr highlighted how ladies 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 look on the quilt of the favored NBA 2K online game sequence previously two years after the league was added to NBA 2K20.