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NBA 2K16 Adds Spectator Mode For Upcoming Road To The Finals Tournament

by Brian Shea on May 17, 2016 at 08:51 AM

With its Road to the Finals tournament looming, NBA 2K16 is activating 2K Streamcast, an in-game feature that allows players to spectate live games and watch previously played games directly from their consoles. The mode is set to go live on May 21 as the Road to the Finals tournament commences.

Road to the Finals is a 16-team single elimination tournament with $250,000 at stake. The tournament takes place on May 21 between 10 a.m. PST and 6 p.m. PST with the championship happening on June 1. The 2K Streamcast feature gives players the ability to tune in from all over the world to watch the tournament play out in real-time or catch up after the games are completed.

We reached out to 2K to see if the team has any plans to expand the functionality to games outside of the Road to the Finals tournament. A representative from the company confirmed that at this time, the feature will only be supporting the Road to the Finals tournament. The Road to the Finals tournament and the 2K Streamcast feature are set to hit NBA 2K16 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on May 21. Check out the announcement trailer below.

 

Our Take
Though it is disappointing that this feature doesn't immediately support things like watching friends' games or top players' games outside of this upcoming tournament, this could very well be the team behind 2K testing the waters. It seems every company is making a jump to the eSports arena, and if this Road to the Finals Streamcast feature is popular and successful, it would be a no-brainer for the game to expand the feature to include more games.