http://media.ps3.ign.com/media/900/900781/img_4764514.html August 3, 2007 - The NBA has gone global. Now EA is taking Live across the world, having reached an agreement to exclusively host the FIBA World Championship in http://ps3.ign.com/objects/900/900781.html and future iterations. The real teams, the real players, and the true FIBA World Championship experience will be yours this October on PS2, PS3, and Xbox 360. This marks the first time the FIBA World Championship (the ultimate global hoops battle) has ever appeared in a videogame.

Gamers can play any of the eight international teams (including Team US) in the Play Now mode or in the new FIBA World Championship mode. The Championship mode is an eight team single-elimination tournament. More importantly, because the real international players will be added into NBA Live 08, they can also be brought in to your Franchise just as a real NBA team might draft an international player.

"We're very excited to count FIBA as a close partner," said Jordan Edelstein, Director of Product Marketing, EA Sports. "Adding the FIBA World Championship license to the NBA Live franchise, allows us at EA Sports to add a new layer of authenticity to the franchise, giving fans all over the world a deeper virtual basketball experience."

"We are very pleased to partner with the world's #1 videogame company to enable basketball fans worldwide to play the FIBA World Championship," said FIBA Commercial Director Matthew Osmon.

Check out the starting five for the FIBA international teams (Argentina and Greece not pictured).

Germany
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Italy
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Spain
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China
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France
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