— Published 13 January 2023

FIBA goes virtual

The year 2023 is shaping up to be very electronic for FIBA. The international basketball body has announced the launch of the first season of eFIBA, an official tournament on the NBA2K23 game, in January. This foray into virtual sports is the result of a partnership between FIBA and ESL FACEIT. Starting on 20 January, 30 national federations from four continents will compete in this first season of eFIBA, following three editions of the FIBA Esports Open in 2020 and 2021. It will feature seven regional online events between 20 and 25 January in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa. The 30 national federations will be divided into six conferences. They will compete for the title of conference champion. In Africa, the competition will bring together Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ghana, Madagascar, Morocco and Tunisia. In the Americas, Argentina, Barbados, Brazil and Puerto Rico. In Asia, Qatar, Indonesia, Lebanon, Mongolia, the Philippines and Saudi Arabia. In Europe, the title will be contested by Belgium, Cyprus, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Portugal, Spain, Turkey and Ukraine. Each national federation will be represented by a team of at least five players, each playing with their own personal avatar.