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Pistons enter the esports fray with official NBA 2K team, logo

NBA is first professional league to operate its own esports division

Detroit Pistons

The Detroit Pistons unveiled the official team name and logo of the franchise’s NBA 2K League — The Pistons Gaming Team.

The logo bears a striking resemblance to some of the potential logos people bandied around when your very own Detroit Bad Boys were going through a logo redesign process a few years ago.

It also mirrors thoughts of Pistons fans/graphic artists as the rumors of a possible Pistons logo redesign emerged in the past few years.

the logo keep the Bad Boy era skull and combines it with some deliberate nods to the Motor City heritage of Detroit.

The Pistons Gaming Team will be one of 17 franchises in the inaugural NBA 2K League in May 2018. Interested in trying to become a professional esporter in the league? From the team:

The first stage of qualifying for the NBA 2K League will take place from Jan. 1-31, 2018. All prospective players, 18 years or older, need to win 50 games in NBA 2K18’s Pro-Am mode on Playstation 4 or Xbox One and complete an online application by Jan. 31. Players who meet these requirements can be invited to the next round of tryouts held in February 2018. After the final round of tryouts in February, the best players will be selected for an official league draft in March where each team will select five players who will play the game using unique characters. Tip-off of competition will begin in May of next year.

According to stats provided by the Pistons, credited to Newzoo, by 2020 the esports industry is expected to grow to $1.5 billion worldwide. The esports audience is expected to reach 385 million in 2017.

As a side note, I have never really owned or played a Playstation or XBox in my life (I am a very old 35). I haven’t played a basketball video game at all in at least 10 years. So, Pistons, if you want to train me up, Rocky style, I am game.