April 13, 2020
Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are joining in the fast-growing movement to develop player-driven esports events during the ongoing industry shutdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Major League Baseball is joining in the fast-growing movement to develop player-driven esports events during the ongoing industry shutdown. MLB and Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) revealed a new iteration of video game series MLB The Show that will solely feature Major League players.
The MLB The Show Players League will feature 30 athletes, including former All-Stars and World Series champions, who will compete in an inaugural online event raising money for Boys and Girls Clubs of America and Canada. Donations of $5,000 from MLB, MLBPA and the SIE will be made on behalf of each participating player.
Notable participants include Tampa Bay pitcher Blake Snell, Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto, and San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr.
The effort is part of a quickly developing movement across the sports industry to leverage esports assets, often with players from the respective leagues, while real-world competition is suspended due to the public health crisis.
Other properties developing similar gaming efforts include include the National Basketball Association, Nascar, LaLiga, Formula 1, Monumental Sports & Entertainment, IndyCar and Major League Rugby, among others.