When: Tonight, Wednesday, March 18, 6 p.m. local time
After the great success of last weekend’s Twitch stream, the Suns will be at it again tonight to give us some basketball during the NBA’s hiatus.
Local gamer (and 2K league pro) Antonio Saldivar got the opportunity last time around to represent his hometown team, playing as the Suns in a loss to Dallas, which was represented by the team’s “gaming ambassador.”
Maybe Minnesota will be a little easier to beat?
UPDATE: The Suns announced rookie guard Ty Jerome will take the controls for Wednesday night’s game. Come check out what Jerome can do as a gamer. What better guy to operate the Suns’ offense than its backup point guard?
The Suns worked overtime last week to figure out a way, following the league suspending play, to give fans a chance to see some (FREE) basketball.
“We knew the sports world would take a timeout and how do we give everyone a way to continue to enjoy sports the best way,” Chief Marketing Officer Dean Stoyer told Front Office Sports.
Don’t be surprised if the Suns have even more fun stuff in store to support the local community and give us fans a way to refocus on basketball, if only just a bit.
Said Stoyer: “We’re looking at ways with our partners of in-arena activations like a t-shirt toss, how do you execute that virtually? Extending to brands like Lyft and restaurants that are maybe challenged; trying to get creative not only around fans, but support the community in creative ways.”
A virtual t-shirt toss? I’m in.
In my eyes, it would be pretty fun if we all were to tweet and talk about the Twitch streams going forward just like a normal Suns season, and try to make the most of it. Heck, it’s an hour or so of competition that will bring out the fun of sports again and give us a sense of community while we’re apart.