Pepper Persley
Pepper Persley

Nets Republic talks with Pepper Persley about Xbox, the WNBA, and collaborations

On Tuesday, August 2, the New York Liberty debuted their first ever alternate court (and the first ever gaming inspired court in the WNBA) and the first among current teams. It was a banner night as they beat the Los Angeles Sparks by 29 points and improved their playoff positioning. Nets Republic had the honor to talk with multimedia superstar, Pepper Persley! Pepper was a key figure in setting up the events along with the Liberty, the WNBA, and Xbox. Here’s our conversation:

Brian Fleurantin interviewing Pepper Persley

On how the collaboration between Xbox, herself, and the Liberty, came about:

“I had done a collaboration with Xbox, the Liberty, and the [Brooklyn] Nets: Junior Ballers, which was a way to highlight some kids who were fans of Xbox and basketball. I came across Xbox that way and the Liberty reached out and wanted to meet with me. So I was able to give my input into the Roblox side of this experience.”

On how she was liking the new court

“I think it’s awesome! It’s super cool that the New York Liberty are the first team to have this kind of secondary court. I think it’s super cool that they try to incorporate kids in a way through Roblox.”

Xbox Gaming NY Liberty Court

On having technology and different groups coming together to improve the in game experience for fans:

“I think it’s incredibly important that kids are able to see the WNBA and see them making changes and advancements because I believe that every single NBA team has some sort of secondary court so I think it’s super cool that there’s this. And like I said before, there is an option for kids to be able to connect to this court through Roblox.”

On how collaborations between Xbox and the Liberty will build and grow from here

“I hope that there will be other moments where Xbox will be able to collaborate with the Liberty because I think they do a great job of trying to highlight these women and make everything better for them. I also hope that there will be this kind of opportunity to better the WNBA for all teams.”