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NBA 2K16's new 2K Pro-Am mode brings custom team games online

Samit Sarkar (he/him) is Polygon’s deputy managing editor. He has more than 15 years of experience covering video games, movies, television, and technology.

NBA 2K16's newest mode is 2K Pro-Am, in which people bring their MyCareer characters online to form custom teams that compete in full five-on-five games, publisher 2K Sports announced yesterday.

2K Pro-Am appears to be a replacement for the Jordan Rec Center that appeared in NBA 2K15. The Pro-Am lets you create teams with deep customization of jerseys, courts and arenas, which is new to the NBA 2K franchise. You can put text on the hardwood and upload your own logos.

Unlike with the Jordan Rec Center, 2K Sports is promising that players won't have to wait to jump into games. Each in-game instance of 2K Pro-Am offers four courts, which can handle up to 40 players at once. Your club will be fighting for supremacy on daily, monthly and overall leaderboards. On the court, games are played with full NBA rules, including fouls.

As with any online mode in an NBA 2K game, the big question for 2K Pro-Am is whether it will work at launch. The series is one of the best-selling sports games every year, but developer Visual Concepts has a poor track record when it comes to network issues.

NBA 2K16 launches Sept. 29 on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One; it will be available four days early to pre-order customers. For more on the 2K Pro-Am, check out the trailer above.

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