Breanna Stewart can now compete against other WNBA players in a video game.
NBA Live 18 is adding women’s basketball players to the popular game this fall. It’s the first time players on all 12 WNBA teams will be featured.
“It really is cool. For me, I played video games when I was younger, whether it was the NCAA basketball game or 2K,” Stewart said in a phone interview with The Associated Press. “To be in a video game, it’s humbling. You see men’s players all the time, but it’s good for women’s basketball to have us in there.”
Head scans of WNBA players were conducted over the past year. The developers held motion capture sessions with No. 1 draft pick Kelsey Plum of the San Antonio Stars and others. Veterans Candace Parker and Tina Charles are featured, along with stars Maya Moore, Brittney Griner and Elena Delle Donne.
The game’s creators fine-tuned player ratings and skill moves. There’s a WNBA play mode where video gamers can pit two WNBA teams against each other with authentic jerseys, rosters and courts.
Stewart hopes that her younger brother, who plays video games a lot, will pick her when he plays the game.
“I’m going to have to talk to him about this,” she said, laughing. “It’s the first question I’m going to ask him.”
The second might be her ranking. Always a bone of contention in other sports games, Stewart is confident EA Sports will get the rankings right.
“My rating is going to be important, I’m curious to see what it will be,” she said. “EA Sports will do me right.”
San Antonio guard Kayla McBride also hopes her rating is high. She considers herself a gamer, having played NBA Live and Madden Football against her brothers and cousins since she was young. She was pumped to be featured in a game now .
“My brother called me so excited this morning saying ‘you’re in a video game!'” McBride said. “We had so many battles when we were younger playing against each other and now we can take it to a whole new level.”
McBride said it will be fun to play as other teams in the…