Evan Tipton, Esports Advisor, for NGame Esports talks about Magic Gaming and scouting in the NBA 2K League.
The Orlando Magic’s NBA 2K League team, Magic Gaming, has partnered with online platform Esport-Management. This will now allow Magic Gaming the opportunity to scout future talent. Do you anticipate other NBA 2K League teams making partnerships like this in the future?
One of the biggest things most “classic sport” esports teams need to figure out is how to connect with their current existing fanbase. A lot of people play NBA 2k, but how many people are actually committing the time and effort it takes to play on a professional level. Tapping into the original market of basketball fans will be something that everyone within the 2k league will have to do eventually. This only confirms the fact that most 2K teams will need to form a similar partnership in order to survive within the space.
In your opinion why should every esports team have a scouting strategy?
Scouting is one of the most essential pieces of being a long lasting brand within the esports community. In order to maintain a strong roster you constantly need to be looking out for new talent. This is seen in Riot’s Academy league and the academic teams within other esports. This is an amazing way to track progression of players while still keeping options open to new players.