Esports seems to have exploded upon the scene recently, yet that's far from the truth as it has existed for many years. Any gamer can tell you that. But today things got real for Esports fans and players as 17 NBA teams have agreed to be a part of the inaugural season for the 2K Esports league.

“This is the first step in what promises to be an extraordinary league, bringing together the world’s best gamers and showcasing elite competition on an international stage,” newly-named NBA 2K esports league Managing Director Brendan Donohue said in a statement. “Our teams have expressed tremendous enthusiasm for esports, and we are looking forward to forming something truly unique for basketball and gaming fans around the globe.”

More announcements will be coming over the next few months, including player announcements, structure of the league and other updates. But for now, the league has taken a huge step in the right direction by signing up the 17 NBA teams below:

Boston Celtics

Cleveland Cavaliers

Dallas Mavericks

Detroit Pistons

Golden State Warriors

Indiana Pacers

Memphis Grizzlies

Miami Heat

Milwaukee Bucks

New York Knicks

Orlando Magic

Philadelphia 76ers

Portland Trailblazers

Sacramento Kings

Toronto Raptors

Utah Jazz

Washington Wizards


Exercising their mantra of "trust the process," the Philadelphia 76ers were the first professional team in the U.S. to purchase an esports franchise last fall, and many others in the basketball community, including the Washington Wizards' Ted Leonsis, Magic Johnson and the Memphis Grizzlies co-owner Steve Kaplan, followed suit and invested in esports franchises, products and businesses.