Pacers peeved about game’s views of city

September 13, 2018

The Indiana Pacers derided the makers of the “NBA 2K19” video game for the portrayal of Fort Wayne.

“On behalf of Pacers Sports & Entertainment, I want to set the record straight that we were not informed of the game developer’s narrative and portrayal of Fort Wayne : which we strongly disagree with. We know through our firsthand experience that Fort Wayne is a great place to live, work and play, so the narrative does not fairly or accurately represent the city and our state,” Rick Fuson, the Pacers’ president and COO, said in a statement.

A brief part of the video game, in which a player trying to make his way from China to the NBA, by way of playing for the Mad Ants of the G League, is given a speech by his coach, who jokes about the bad weather, the lack of things to do and that Fort Wayne has nothing but basketball and Amish people.

The Mad Ants are owned and operated by the Pacers.

The Mad Ants are prominently featured in much of “The Way Back” mode, one of many modes in “2K19,” which is published by 2K Sports and developed by Visual Concepts. The game is regarded as one of the most popular games on the planet and has a licensing agreement with the NBA.


IU Hall inductees

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