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Meta partners with NBA to bring over 50 live games to VR

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Meta is set to offer 52 live NBA games for free in VR this season, including five in immersive, 180-degree VR with Meta Quest as the social media giant extends its partnership with the NBA.

The partnership will also bring NBA, WNBA, G League and 2K League content, including game highlights, recaps and archives, on both Xtadium and Meta Horizon Worlds. Official licensed NBA and WNBA team apparel will also be available on the Meta Avatars store, and an NBA League Pass subscription is also in the pipeline.

“Fans will be able to express their fandom by donning their favourite team’s gear on Avatars and enjoy more live NBA games, and experience NBA League Pass in a much more social and immersive way. Meta’s immersive VR technology is opening up new opportunities for sports fans to engage and interact with their favourite NBA teams,” said Rob Shaw, Director of Sports Media and League Partnerships, Meta.

Xtadium is currently only available in the US, and Meta Horizon Worlds is available to people over 18 in the US, Canada, the UK, Iceland, Ireland, France and Spain on Meta Quest 2 and Meta Quest Pro.

The live matches and the other NBA, WNBA, G League and 2K League content will not be available in all regions. Viewers near the physical event might also be unable to view the event due to geo-restrictions.

Meta 2022/2023 NBA schedule

Here are the 52 live matches that’ll feature on Meta Horizon Worlds.

  • January 18 // Sacramento Kings vs. Los Angeles Lakers // 7:30 pm PT
  • January 19 // Toronto Raptors vs. Minnesota Timberwolves // 5:00 pm PT
  • January 20 // Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers // 4:30 pm PT
  • January 21 // ​​Milwaukee Bucks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers // 4:30 pm PT
  • January 22 // Memphis Grizzlies vs. Phoenix Suns // 5:00 pm PT
  • January 23 // Milwaukee Bucks vs. Detroit Pistons // 4:00 pm PT
  • January 24 // Denver Nuggets vs. New Orleans Pelicans // 5:00 pm PT
  • January 25 // Denver Nuggets vs. Milwaukee Bucks // 5:00 pm PT
  • January 27 // Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder // 5:00 pm PT
  • January 29 // LA Clippers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers // 4:00 pm PT
  • January 31 // Miami Heat vs. Cleveland Cavaliers // 4:00 pm PT
  • February 1 // Golden State Warriors vs. Minnesota Timberwolves // 5:00 pm PT
  • February 2 // Los Angeles Lakers vs. Indiana Pacers // 4:00 pm PT
  • February 4 // LA Clippers vs. New York Knicks // 4:00 pm PT
  • February 7 // Phoenix Suns vs. Brooklyn Nets // 4:30 pm PT
  • February 8 // Golden State Warriors vs. Portland Trail Blazers // 7:00 pm PT
  • February 9 // Phoenix Suns vs. Atlanta Hawks // 4:30 pm PT
  • February 13 // Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Dallas Mavericks // 5:30 pm PT
  • February 14 // Orlando Magic vs. Toronto Raptors // 4:30 pm PT
  • February 15 // New York Knicks vs. Atlanta Hawks // 4:30 pm PT
  • February 16 // Washington Wizards vs. Minnesota Timberwolves // 5:00 pm PT
  • February 23 // Boston Celtics vs. Indiana Pacers // 4:00 pm PT
  • February 24 // Houston Rockets vs. Golden State Warriors // 7:00 pm PT
  • February 26 // Brooklyn Nets vs. Atlanta Hawks // 12:00 pm PT
  • February 27 // Boston Celtics vs. New York Knicks—Immersive 180-Degree Game // 4:30 pm PT
  • February 28 // Milwaukee Bucks vs. Brooklyn Nets // 4:30 pm PT
  • March 1 // Philadelphia 76ers vs. Miami Heat // 4:30 pm PT
  • March 2 // Toronto Raptors vs. Washington Wizards // 4:00 pm PT
  • March 5 // Charlotte Hornets vs. Brooklyn Nets // 3:00 pm PT
  • March 6 // Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers—Immersive 180-Degree Game // 4:00 pm PT
  • March 7 // Utah Jazz vs. Dallas Mavericks // 5:30 pm PT
  • March 8 // Portland Trail Blazers vs. Boston Celtics // 4:30 pm PT
  • March 11 // Boston Celtics vs. Atlanta Hawks // 4:30 pm PT
  • March 14 // Los Angeles Lakers vs. New Orleans Pelicans—Immersive 180-Degree Game // 5:00 pm PT
  • March 15 // Memphis Grizzlies vs. Miami Heat // 4:30 pm PT
  • March 18 // Philadelphia 76ers vs. Indiana Pacers // 4:00 pm PT
  • March 19 // Denver Nuggets vs. Brooklyn Nets // 12:30 pm PT
  • March 21 // San Antonio Spurs vs. New Orleans Pelicans // 5:00 pm PT
  • March 22 // Philadelphia 76ers vs. Chicago Bulls // 5:00 pm PT
  • March 23 // Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Brooklyn Nets // 4:30 pm PT
  • March 26 // Chicago Bulls vs. Los Angeles Lakers // 12:30 pm PT
  • March 27 // Dallas Mavericks vs. Indiana Pacers // 4:00 pm PT
  • March 28 // Orlando Magic vs. Memphis Grizzlies // 5:00 pm PT
  • March 29 // Los Angeles Lakers vs. Chicago Bulls // 5:00 pm PT
  • March 31 // Utah Jazz vs. Boston Celtics // 4:30 pm PT
  • April 1 // LA Clippers vs. New Orleans Pelicans // 5:30 pm PT
  • April 2 // Philadelphia 76ers vs. Milwaukee Bucks—Immersive 180-Degree Game // 5:00 pm PT
  • April 4 // Portland Trail Blazers vs. Memphis Grizzlies // 5:00 pm PT
  • April 5 // Memphis Grizzlies vs. New Orleans Pelicans // 5:00 pm PT
  • April 7 // Golden State Warriors vs. Sacramento Kings // 7:00 pm PT
  • April 8 // Portland Trail Blazers vs. LA Clippers—Immersive 180-Degree Game // 1:00 pm PT
  • April 9 // Indiana Pacers vs. New York Knicks // 10:00 am PT

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