CLEVELAND -- Cleveland is getting a new professional sports team. And it's unlike any other.
On Tuesday, the Cleveland Cavaliers officially announced and introduced the Cavs Legion Gaming Club (GC), which will participate in the inaugural season of the NBA 2K League. The esports team will be comprised of five video game players who will live in Cleveland throughout the season, which is slated to begin in May 2018.
In addition to its team's name and logo, the Cavs announced a deal with Hot Pockets, who will serve as the first founding partner of Cavs Legion GC. The Hot Pockets jersey will be worn on the upper right chest of the Cavs Legion GC's virtual jersey, which will consist of the team's traditional wine and gold color scheme.
Cavs Legion GC will be one of 17 teams to participate in the upcoming NBA 2K League, which is just the latest indication of esports' growing popularity. According to the Cavs, the industry is expected to reach an audience of 385 million in 2017 and grow to a $1.5 billion industry in the next three years.
The five players will make up Cavs Legion GC will be chosen at the NBA 2K League draft in March. Anyone who owns the NBA 2K18 video game for PS4 or Xbox One) and is 18 years or older can try out.
For more information of Cavs Legion GC and how to qualify to be selected, check out NBA.com.