EA Sports Expands NBA Live 18 Diversity With WNBA League
WNBA Live 18
(Last Updated On: August 4, 2017)

EA has been experimenting with the whole “diversity” angle in gaming, letting BioWare dive head-first into SJWism with Dragon Age: Inquisition and Mass Effect: Andromedaboth of which failed to make any significant sales gains for the publisher – and then they added the female leagues to FIFA 16, and now they’re adding the WNBA league to the upcoming NBA Live 18.

The news came with both a trailer and some actual in-game play featuring the female NBA stars taking to the court and playing up a game of hoops.

The announcement trailer is only 46 seconds long and was debuted on the EA Sports YouTube channel. You can check it out below.

Most of the people in the comment section were supportive of the addition of the WNBA, as it adds something different to NBA Live 18 not present in NBA 2K18.

Others joked if EA Sports was going to add realistic crowds that only fill up half the stadium like in real life, while others joked about not being able to do dunks.

Some claimed that adding WNBA features to the game would further diversify the gaming community and bring in more players, but so far there haven’t been any stats or research reports indicating that by simply adding women to typically male dominated franchises it actually increases the female playerbase.

Nevertheless, a second video was posted up showcasing actual gameplay of the women from the WNBA in action. You can check it out below from TicoisTocory.

Additionally a free NBA Live 18 demo will be available starting August 11th, so you’ll be able to play-test the game ahead of its launch this fall. There’s no mention on if the demo will feature the WNBA. Also it seems unlikely that you’ll be able to pit the females against the males in any head-to-head competitions within the game, even though technically playing an all-female team against an all-male team would be like playing with one hand tied behind your back.

Anyway, NBA Live 18 is due for release on the Xbox One and PS4.


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  • Raging Papist

    Who are these girls? I’ve never heard of them.

  • Good luck selling that game though – not because it’s WNBA, but because it’s NBA Live, which has been shit for years

  • RichardGristle

    Holy crap those face models though.

    Also has anyone ever asked for a WNBA video game? Ever?

  • Γεώργιος Αρχαιοκαπηλίδης

    EA will never learn. Who in the hell cares about women’s basketball and
    soccer anyway? And why they keep making women so ugly on purpose? And why they make women wearing yoga pants under their shorts? I thought EA was a jewish company that wants money. Not to lose money. Not to mention that women suck at sports like soccer and basketball: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmcX-ON_imA

  • I really can’t wait for a bunch of people to notice that this diversity and left-wing idealism crap is getting shoved down our throats in this hobby in a bad way.

    • We all already know. And we’ve known for years.

      So sit down and prepare for your lessons. You have much to learn…

      • Penta

        you have much to learn about the mario kart competitive scene

  • Bamf

    Hey if EA wants to keep losing money on crap no one wants, let em 🙂

  • Bitterbear

    Out of curiosity, will they add the dead weight female soccer teams to their FIFA game again?

    • They made absolutely no mention about that this year. They’ve been focusing more on the whole Alex story mode and the new animation middleware they’re using for the Frostbite. Kind of tells you how much the whole female FIFA teams meant to them, eh?

      • Bitterbear

        I kinda hope that the usual suspects would squeal about the lack of female roster on the new game, but chances are that their masters warned them not say a thing if they want to keep their jobs.

        • You think media is trying to hold journos accountable for outrage news?

          • Bitterbear

            Nope, more like EA taking cues from The Mouse in ensuring -né legal muscle- its product will provoke as little controversy as possible.

          • Well in that case…. yeah… I think you’re right. There’s been a lot of silence on the Battlefront front as well. By now I would have expected them to be shouting to the heavens about female leads, female empowerment, diversity, minorities and the whole progressive works. But they’re keeping mostly silent about it for now.

  • EA spewing more cancer I see.

    Isn’t it strange though how “diversity” only ever applies when it’s women being forced into everything and shoved down our throats?