Jazz forward Gordon Hayward is lending his name to his second biggest passion.
Hayward will participate in IPL 3: Origins, a "StarCraft II" in-person video game tournament that will be held Oct. 6-9 at Caesars in Atlantic City, N.J.
"I've been playing video games for as long as I can remember. I'm a competitive guy, and I love the competitive nature of video games," Hayward said in a press release. "Pro-gamers are really sports stars themselves. The mental strategy that goes into planning your next move and what your opponent is going to do are skills you need to be successful playing basketball – and playing StarCraft II. If you want to be good, you have to put a lot of time and effort into it, just like with other sports. I've got the best of both worlds. I spend time each day on the court taking my game to the next level, and I am pursuing my passion for eSports. I'm excited to join the IGN Pro League and see how I do at the tournament in Atlantic City."