On Tuesday and Wednesday, the New York Liberty Ladies’s Nationwide Basketball Affiliation (or WNBA) staff might be taking part in in opposition to the Los Angeles Sparks on a basketball courtroom that’s lined in Xbox logos and console-inspired designs. Microsoft says that it’s the league’s “first gaming-inspired basketball courtroom,” with the world underneath the web 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 nicely — 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 might be enjoyable for these of us who gained’t have the ability to attend one of many precise video games.

One thing tells me this isn’t fairly the way it’s completed in actual life.
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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 Desires website, as a part of its purpose 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 listing 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 collection up to now two years after the league was added to NBA 2K20.

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