Capitals, Wizards to play out seasons via video game simulations

Capitals, Wizards to play out seasons via video game simulations
Photo credit via Monumental Sports Network

In light of the coronavirus wiping out a large portion of their regular seasons, the Washington Capitals and Wizards are simulating their previously scheduled games via NHL 20 and NBA 2K20.

The video game simulations will be televised on NBC Sports Washington, their home for actual games, beginning this weekend, corresponding with the dates and opponents previously scheduled to be played in person. They can also be streamed via the Monumental Sports Network website.

The Wizards simulations begin with a matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday, March 21 at 7 p.m., while the Caps simulations begin with a matchup against the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday, March 24 at 7 p.m.

The Wizards viewer experience, Monumental says, will “include the same video and audio components of NBA 2K20 gameplay, along with contributions from NBCSW's Wizards experts surrounding the coverage.”

The Capitals viewer experience are to include “several elements of the NHL 20 user experience, but “the presentations will feature commentary from NBCSW's Capitals announcers.”

“We know that fans are as disappointed as we are not to be able to watch our favorite teams on a nightly basis,” says Zach Leonsis in a statement. “We hope that these fun and engaging video game simulations will entertain our fans and help provide a greater sense of normalcy during these challenging times.”

“We hope that when people tune in and watch these simulated games, they will be able to enjoy some friendly competitive play from the comforts of their own home.”

"We hope this content gives fans a welcome outlet for their passion and interest in the Capitals and Wizards," NBCSW Senior VP & GM Damon Phillips adds. “If the video game version of Bradley Beal and Alex Ovechkin live up to their real-life counterparts, fans should be in for a fun experience."