Much of live sports has been put on hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Luckily, professional esports seem built for this moment. And now major sports networks are taking notice. ESPN2 announced it will air a 12-hour marathon of live and taped competitive, multiplayer video-game tournaments tomorrow (April 5) beginning at 12pm ET.
Professional athletes aren’t lying idle, either. With the first eight Formula One races being postponed or cancelled, F1 drivers are instead playing the video-game version, F1 2019. The second installment of F1 Esports Virtual Grand Prix will take place tomorrow and feature current F1 drivers Charles Leclerc, Alex Albon, and others. Hundreds of thousands of viewers watched the first installment, which streamed last month on Twitch, Facebook, YouTube, and the Sky Sports channel in the UK.
Fans missing basketball can instead watch the next best thing: NBA players playing NBA 2K20, the basketball simulation video game. In total, 16 NBA athletes are slated to compete. Tomorrow’s match will feature Montrezl Harrell of the Los Angeles Clippers, Domantas Sabonis of the Indiana Pacers, and others.
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