EA and 2K offer condolences for NBA legend Kobe Bryant27th January 2020
NBA and LA Lakers legend Kobe Bryant tragically died along with his daughter and seven others in a helicopter crash yesterday.
The five-time champion and all-star player has long been synonymous with professional basketball and widely regarded as a hero both on and off the court.
His presence has also long been felt in video games with the icon being a staple in 2K’s officially licensed NBA titles.
In fact, Bryant has appeared in every iteration since its inception back in 1999 on the Sega Dreamcast.
His 20-year tenure with the Lakers has effectively been detailed throughout each new game up until he stopped competing.
Even after he formally retired, he would continue to appear as a special guest commentator on in-game matches and so on.
Following the tragic news, EA Sports tweeted its condolences:
“We are deeply saddened by the passing of the great Kobe Bryant.”
Likewise, Ronny Singh – a prominent member in the 2K community – expressed his emotions, noting how he and many others fell in love with the sport because of the icon.
“Totally heartbroken,” he said. “He’s a big reason why I and many 2K fans grew to love basketball.
“His drive for getting the most out of life is to be aspired especially in the light of this absolutely tragedy. Life is short, we all need to live it to it’s fullest like he did.”
Reports then revealed when players logged on to NBA 2K20, they were greeted with a tribute to star.
— NBA 2K20 MyTeam News (@2KMyTeamNews) January 26, 2020
Our condolences go out to Bryant’s family and the families of all other victims affected by the tragedy.