FIBA esports Open a big hit, another tourney being planned


Posted at Jul 12 2020 12:12 PM

FIBA is planning another esports tournament after the success of its inaugural esports Open last month.

The federation reported that the FIBA esports Open 2020 generated over five million social media views just on the FIBA social media channels and those of the national federations. Spain alone generated 2.1 million impressions, 1.7 million views, and 9.8 million viewed hours while reaching 1.4 million unique views on their Twitter account.

The first-ever international esports events for national teams had taken place over three days, with countries from FIBA's regions competing in geographic conferences from Oceania, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and South America.

With the inaugural event proving to be a big hit, FIBA says that over 35 national federations are now expressing interest in the next esports tournament. Plans for this are underway.

"It's been a huge success and a lot of fun, and we are excited about the prospects of more FIBA esports competitions in the future," said FIBA Secretary General Andreas Zagklis.

"FIBA's Central Board identified this esports initiative as relevant and consistent with the strategic aim to enlarge the FIBA family and this event has been great for the promotion of basketball," he added.

The Philippines' esports national team proved dominant in Southeast Asia, sweeping Indonesia in a five-game series. The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) has previously said that there is a bright future for e-Gilas Pilipinas after their impressive showing.

"We want to cooperate as much as we can because we saw the potential of our team, and the potential of these games to give glory to the country," SBP Director of Operations Butch Antonio said. "Malaki ang e-gaming community natin, and malakas ang chance na mapag-medalya." 

Argentina, Italy, Australia, and Saudi Arabia were the other winners among the 17 participating nations in the inaugural tournament.
The entire FIBA esports Open 2020 series was produced from a brand-new Esports Studio located in Riga, Latvia, with a daily show featuring the hottest games from that day. 

A total of 54 games were broadcast to over 100 different destinations globally, equaling a total of 40 hours' worth of production. Each game was live streamed on FIBA's Facebook, Twitch and YouTube channels, while each of the 18 games included in the live show had live commentary in English. 

The games were played on NBA 2K's Pro-Am mode.

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