After announcing its formal partnership with the National Basketball Association (NBA) and National Basketball Players’ Association (NBPA) in October 2020, the global mobile game publisher Netmarble Corp is proud to announce NBA Ball Stars, an all-new, puzzle-based mobile basketball game that is the first publishing project for Netmarble’s Los Angeles-based subsidiaries Netmarble US and Kung Fu Factory.
The game is now open for pre-registration for the App Store and Google Play and, to celebrate the formal reveal, Netmarble is thrilled to partner with Ja Morant, 2019-20 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year, as the game’s cover athlete.
Simon Sim, President of Netmarble US, said, “The NBA and NBPA have been tremendous partners. The creative freedom and collaboration we’ve had with them, along with Kung Fu Factory, in the production of our first major project for Netmarble US’ publishing efforts have been nothing short of phenomenal. To top it off, Ja Morant is a true star, and we’re beyond excited to have him on board for the upcoming launch of NBA Ball Stars.”
NBA Ball Stars mixes the NBA’s star players, fast-paced action, and amazing skills with strategic team-based, collectible, and gem-bursting puzzle gameplay on mobile devices. Players will take charge of their favorite NBA team, collect and create customized lineups from the NBA’s ongoing roster of athletes, and train their favorite players as they make a run for the championship.
Matt Holt, Senior Vice President, Global Partnerships at the NBA, stated, “Through NBA Ball Stars, we’ll bring a fresh new gaming experience to the hands of fans around the world. The game is a fun and easy way to enjoy NBA basketball anywhere, allowing fans to build their very own roster with their favorite players.”
Josh Goodstadt, Executive VP of Licensing for THINK450, the business subsidiary of the NBPA, added, “We are excited to bring this game to the fans and we look forward to growing this partnership.”
NBA Ball Stars will launch in 2021 for free on the App Store and Google Play.