Sun. Aug 14th, 2022

On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, the New York Liberty Women’s National Basketball Association (or WNBA) team plays against the Los Angeles Sparks on a basketball court covered in Xbox logos and console-inspired designs. Microsoft says it’s the league’s “first gaming-inspired basketball court,” with the area below the net resembling the vent holes on the Xbox Series X.

Of course, there’s also a “metaverse” tie-in – the field has been recreated in the Dunking Simulator Roblox experience. Although the gameplay doesn’t look as realistic as something like NBA 2Kit can be fun for those of us unable to attend any of the actual matches.

Something tells me this isn’t the case quite how it is in real life.
Gif: Xbox

Microsoft says it will donate up to $50,000 to the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation of Girls Who Code, giving $10 to one of the foundations for every entry on its Power Her Dreams site, as part of its goal to raise awareness. to give to women in sports and gaming.

A report from the guard last year showed how women are vastly underrepresented in the list of top earners in esports, and that players in the WNBA are paid on average much less than their NBA counterparts. WNBA players have just started appearing on the cover of the popular NBA 2K video game series in the last two years since the league was added to NBA 2K20.

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