Like professional NBA players, Floyd visited the 2K Motion Capture Studio, where 140 motion capture cameras recorded his movement. Then, 146 Pixelgun cameras recreated his likeness.
“Each player does a dance move or a celebration before he gets on the court,” Floyd said. “So, I got one of those, too. I got to create it.”
Floyd is now the first non-NBA athlete to be “authentically scanned” and earn a spot on an NBA 2K playable roster. Beginning today, his avatar can be found in the Quick Game mode as a free agent for players to include on any team, as well as through new MyCAREER and MyLEAGUE rosters.
Floyd’s story is a reminder of how inclusive esports can be. At 18 months old, Floyd was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder that causes muscle weakness and heart problems. He has never been able to play traditional sports, but NBA 2K allows him to compete in sports virtually. As NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said when promoting the NBA 2K eLeague, “These athletes can be any shape or size, and any age, and from anywhere.”