Nifty Games has announced a partnership with the NBA and the NBAPA that will allow them to make a basketball game for mobile devices. The game is planned to release sometime later this year, but there’s currently no concrete date in place yet.
With the license, they will be able to create a full NBA basketball experience. The NBAPA license specifically grants them access to real players.
Although it’s not for certain, judging by the promotional image shown above, Giannis Antetokounmpo could be the poster boy for the new game. Antetokounmpo won the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award in 2019 and has graced the cover of NBA 2K19.
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“The NBA is one of the biggest sports leagues in the world, and Nifty Games is fired up to partner with the NBA and NBPA to deliver a new kind of mobile-first basketball to gamers worldwide,” said Jon Midleton, CEO of Nifty Games. “Mobile is the most accessible games platform in the world, and we’re focused on bringing NBA fans fast, authentic action with head-to-head mobile gaming that delivers NBA basketball and the teams and players fans love most.”
The game will also feature iconic arenas such as the Staples Center in Los Angeles and the United Center in Chicago. There is no word yet on whether there will be any street basketball game mode as seen in other NBA games in the past.
As Midleton mentioned in the quote above, mobile gaming is immensely accessible and beginning to boom. Combine that with the NBA, which is growing at an alarming rate, and this partnership has the potential to be something really cool.
Once gameplay and features are announced, everyone will be able to get a good glimpse at what the future of NBA mobile games will look and play like. The game is expected to release this year and will likely launch for both iOS and Android.