If you thought that eSports were losing steam, you’d be wrong, because they’re just getting started in the sports world. While 2015 has seen some competitive movement from EA Sports and their Madden franchise, and their newly formed Competitive Gaming Division, the rest of the game seems to be lagging behind.

Not anymore, at least as far as NBA 2K16 is concerned. Yes, 2K Sports is joining in on the eSports craze starting early next year, which means that both of the top two sports gaming publishers are throwing their hat in the ring. Frankly, it was to be expected after the massive announcement from EA, but it looks like 2016 will be the year for eSports in sports games.

In early 2016, 2K Pro-Am teams will be competing in a five-on-five competition. The prize? Cash and a trip to the 2016 NBA finals. Not bad, but you’re gonna have to be good to win it. No word yet on when exactly the season will take place, but 2K promises more news soon.

What do you think of sports games taking on eSports? Will you be participating in the tournament? Let us know in the comments or on social media.

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Adam Capps
Storied gamer and novice sports fan, Adam has been playing video games and writing about them since 2011. When he's not working on articles, you can find him listening to music, cooking a mean pizza, or reading what other people have to say on hot topics.