For the first time ever, WNBA teams and players will appear in a video game, EA announced today.
Teams and players from the Women’s National Basketball Association, the all-female basketball league of the NBA, will be available to player in the upcoming NBA Live 18 title.
This marks the first time women’s teams and players have been available in a video game and the first time in any NBA title.
“We are extremely proud to partner with the WNBA and the Women’s National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA) on this groundbreaking occasion,” said NBA Live Executive Producer Sean O’Brien.
“The WNBA is home to some of the most incredible athletes on the planet, and we’ve been working hard to integrate them into our game in an authentic and meaningful way. This is only a taste of what we have in store, and look forward to working with the league on more great integrations in the franchise in the future.”
The WNBA will be available in WNBA Play Now, and teams and player skills have been specifically balanced to reflect the unique playstyle of the league and skills of its players.
“We are delighted to collaborate and make history with EA as NBA Live 18 becomes the first video game to feature the WNBA’s full roster of teams and players,” added WNBA President Lisa Borders.
“With EA’s expertise and ingenuity, the game will provide a terrific platform to showcase the players and the league, enabling fans to experience the WNBA in a new, exciting way.”
NBA Live 18 will be available worldwide this September for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.