California-based video game developer Visual Concepts is reporting that more NBA 2K19 players are using the Portland Trailblazers after the team’s stunning series win against the Oklahoma Thunder last week.
Damian Lillard sank the Thunder on a last second 3-pointer in Overtime during Game 5 of the first round of the NBA playoffs. The shot was seen live on national television and has done wonders for the popularity of the Oregon-based team.
According to 2K19’s official Twitter page, there’s been a 62% increase in players electing to play as the Trailblazers following the win. Lillard and teammate C.J. McCollum are rising stars in the NBA, and gaining national exposure with big playoff performances is helping. It’s unknown whether or not the selection increase only applies to online games, but we reckon that there’s a surge in offline modes as well.
NBA 2K9 is the long-standing champ when it comes to video game basketball, easily outclassing EA’s NBA Live Series in a number of departments. The NBA 2K series began way back in 1999 on the Sega Dreamcast, and its lasted through multiple console generations, growing to become the behemoth that we all know today.
We don’t know if the increase in players playing as the Trailblazers will continue after their playoff run ends, but it’s certainly interesting to see a developer putting out these stats in relation to their games.
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