Gary Bettman: NHL To Announce Esports Competitions

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman (Photograph by Mike Carlson/Getty Pictures)

The NHL is planning on diving into the esports world, with the announcement that would come within the subsequent couple months involving EA Sports activities’ NHL online game collection, in accordance with commissioner Gary Bettman.

“Our aim is to unveil one thing earlier than the top of the common season which might have a collection of competitions utilizing the EA recreation, and we’ll have extra particulars once we’re able to launch,” Bettman advised reporters throughout NHL All-Star Weekend festivities in Tampa.

The NHL can be becoming a member of the NFL, NBA and MLS because the skilled sports leagues within the U.S. to host main competitions. The NFL subsequent month is concluding its first yr of the Madden NFL Membership Championship, which caters to informal players. The NBA 2K League will start play later this yr after holding a draft for gamers who might be salaried, and so will the just lately-introduced eMLS as groups start to announce participant signings.

Bettman stated final yr that the NHL was speaking to EA about persevering with to develop the online game and that he might envision an esports league that may contain each NHL franchise. Whether or not the NHL’s esports league would come with all 31 groups firstly stays to be seen, in response to a report from Sports activities Players On-line.