On Tuesday and Wednesday, the New York Liberty Women’s National Basketball Association (or WNBA) group will likely be taking part in towards the Los Angeles Sparks on a basketball court that’s coated in Xbox logos and console-inspired designs. Microsoft says that it’s the league’s “first gaming-inspired basketball court,” with the realm below the web made to look a bit like the air flow holes within the Xbox Series X.
Of course, there’s additionally a “metaverse” tie-in as properly — the court has been recreated within the Dunking Simulator Roblox expertise. While the gameplay doesn’t look fairly as sensible as one thing like NBA 2K, it might 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 Foundation or Girls Who Code, giving $10 to one of many foundations for every submission to its Power Her Dreams website, as a part of its goal to carry extra consideration to girls in sports activities and gaming.
A report from The Guardian final yr highlighted how girls are massively underrepresented within the checklist of prime earners in esports, and gamers within the WNBA are paid far less on average than their NBA counterparts. WNBA gamers have just started to appear on the duvet of the favored NBA 2K online game collection previously two years after the league was added to NBA 2K20.