In late March the NHL Commissioner, Gary Bettman, made a bunch of announcements, including when the NHL will release the expansion player list, and then he talked about his hope for an NHL online eSports league. Now for someone like me, an avid EA Sports NHL player, this is incredible news. What’s even better, is that it’s my favourite game mode, EA Sports Hockey League (EASHL). This announcement came a few weeks after the NBA announced the creation of their very own eSports league on the NBA 2K platform. The NBA 2K league expects to have at least twelve teams, all ran by their respective NBA club.
Bettman is hoping for the eLeague to start by the release of EA Sports NHL 18, which releases in early September. He envisions ten teams coming in, all ran by NHL teams, which means people like me who weren’t good enough to make it to the NHL, because we were too busy playing EA Sports NHL, finally have our chance to make the big leagues. Sure, it’ll be playing video games, but still, it’s going to be pretty cool.
Growing up, I never imagined that eSports would become as huge as they have, but it’s really no surprise. I mean have you seen what new video games look like? A lot of the time at a first glace, you can’t differentiate between the game and real life. So for me, this is just incentive to play more and more video games. So I apologize to my girlfriend, but it looks like I’m going to be spending a lot more time with my Xbox One.