The WNBA continues to break ground, build new partnerships and strengthen the legitimacy of the number one women’s professional sports league in the world.
2K announced on Thursday that all 12 WNBA teams and players are making their debut in NBA® 2K20, the next iteration of the top-rated and top-selling NBA video game simulation series of the past 18 years.
Available in Play Now and Season modes, fans of the franchise will be able to use female players for the first time and experience gameplay animations, play styles and visuals built exclusively around the women’s game.
“Just like my counterparts in the NBA, I grew up playing NBA 2K,” said Candace Parker, Los Angeles Sparks forward in a press release issued by 2K and the league. “After getting myself scanned and integrated into NBA 2K20 earlier this summer, I was amazed at how 2K is able to replicate women’s basketball at such a realistic level.”
Many of the top WNBA superstars, including Parker, A’ja Wilson and Breanna Stewart, were scanned into NBA 2K20 earlier this year using 2K’s best-in-class motion capture technology to create the most realistic simulation on the market.
“For years, fans have requested the ability to play as some of their favorite WNBA stars,” said Jeff Thomas, SVP of Development, Visual Concepts. “We’ve been working with the WNBA and their top players to recreate a hyper-realistic version of their league with pinpoint accuracy… we know how important the WNBA is to the world of basketball.”
WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert noted, “We are excited to have WNBA players as part of this top-selling video game, helping to bring more exposure to these elite players, expanding our fan base and providing an immersive gaming experience featuring women role model athletes.”
All game modes featuring the WNBA will be available to play when NBA 2K20 is released worldwide on September 6, 2019.