Two decades after its launch, the WNBA is finally making it into one of the longest running games in video game history.
Today, Electronic Arts announced that WNBA teams and players will be part of NBA Live 18 when it launches this fall on Xbox One and Playstation 4. This marks the first time that the WNBA's official teams and players will appear in a video game, which is an amazing moment, especially in light of the issues surrounding inclusion and equal rights in today's society.
“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 is making it's mark in #NBALIVE18 Get ready for a new 🌊 🌊 🌊 For more info: https://t.co/H5xKXsw3fV https://t.co/L5dlIjHyhh
“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,” said 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.”
TREMENDOUS NEWS! Thanks to our partner @EASPORTS for incorporating the #WNBA in the next #NBALive game. #WereInTheGame https://t.co/Q51EbtaaoZ
EA reached out to players such as Maya Moore, Brittney Griner, Diana Taurasi, Tina Charles, Sylvia Fowles and Allisha Gray, as well as the first pick of the 2017 WNBA Draft, Kelsey Plum, to bring the WNBA to life in the game.