Team SIBOL, 16 other national teams to compete in the first-ever FIBA Esports Open 2020
Posted by Christer de Guia June 12, 2020

FIBA, the International Basketball Federation, has announced the launch of its first-ever international esports competition for National teams, the FIBA Esports Open 2020. FIBA is another international sports federation that will be joining the esports movement together with its National member Federations, as part of this pilot project.


The Starting Lineup

This inaugural series of exhibition games will take place from
June 19 to 21, 2020. The national teams participating include Argentina,
Australia, Austria, Brazil, Cyprus, Indonesia, Italy, Latvia, Lebanon,
Lithuania, New Zealand, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain,
Switzerland, Ukraine, and our very own, the Philippines (SIBOL).


Each team will consist of seven players—five on the court and two reserves.
Games will be played remotely on NBA 2K using the Pro-AM mode and
allowing full customization of player avatars, uniforms, and arena designs.
The entire FIBA Esports Open 2020 series will be produced from the
brand-new FIBA Esports Studio located in Riga, Latvia, with a daily four-hour show featuring up to six games. Each game will be live-streamed on FIBA’s Facebook, Twitch and YouTube channels with live commentary in


FIBA and Esports

“FIBA is extremely proud and excited to start its Esports journey with the
FIBA Esports Open 2020, a pilot project of exhibition games between
national teams in collaboration with NBA 2K,” said Frank Leenders, FIBA
Media and Marketing Services Director General. “The esports initiative was
identified by the FIBA Central Board as important and consistent with the
strategic objective to Enlarge the FIBA Family. In these challenging times,
we feel encouraged by the enthusiasm of some of our National Federations
who are already active in this space and have been our charter partners
during the last few months.”


“NBA 2K is honored to partner with FIBA in creating the FIBA Esports Open
2020, ” stated Jason Argent, Senior Vice President of Basketball
Operations at 2K. “Through these matches, we’re excited to be able to
celebrate the global appeal of basketball.”

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