He’s been off the hardwood for a while, but now the Durantula is back! At least, in digital form. Today, 2K announced a partnership with Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant and Thirty Five Ventures, a company founded by Rich Kleiman and Durant himself. This partnership will see Durant as the icon athlete for the third season of NBA 2K Mobile. Season 3 is available now as a free downloadable update on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
NBA 2K Mobile is “the authentic, console-quality NBA experience” on smartphones and tablets. Now you can show off those virtual handles on your iOS or Android devices. According to 2K, the partnership with Durant and Thirty Five Ventures will result in future collaborations involving game development, exclusive content, in-game merch, and more. The sports business platform, The Boardroom (by Durant), will also be collaborating with 2K for more original content.
More importantly, Durant’s charitable organization, the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation, will be working with 2K Foundations to bring programs and basketball court renovations for underprivileged youth all around the world.
The two-time NBA Finals MVP states:
I’ve been a fan of and worked with NBA 2K for years, so I’m thrilled to be the icon athlete of the NBA 2K Mobile app for Season 3. In addition to representing the mobile experience, I’m honored to be working in partnership with 2K on the franchise and contributing to the development of the game and the 2K experience outside of the game.”
NBA 2K Mobile: Season 3 Updates
*Updated UI & New Players: The third season will feature updates on the user interface along with “numerous quality-of-life improvements.” Also, users now have a chance to obtain new players such as the Spurs legend Manu Ginobili and the Hall of Famer Bill Walton. According to 2K, more players will be available throughout the season.
*New Event: If you’re the competitive type, you can now test your skills in the new multi-day tournament, “King of the Court”. You will be matched up with seven opponents in a single-elimination bracket to receive point rewards. Users will be able to check global leaderboards which track the points per bracket.
*Brand New Card Themes: Brand-new card designs and exclusive card themes will be available in the third season of NBA 2K Mobile. Users can access bi-weekly card themes starting December 1. This includes No. 1 Draft Picks, Historic Greats, Seasonal/Holiday and other themes to be released throughout the season.
*Additional Content: There will be a new soundtrack along with “fresh” MyPLAYER equipment such as jerseys, and court. New player ratings will also reflect the upcoming NBA season.
How do you feel about the Durant and 2K partnership? Who would you like to see as the next icon athlete for upcoming seasons? Let me know in the comments below.