"NBA Live 19" lets men and women play together on mixed-gender teams, a first for a professional sports game.

"Live 19" also allows you to make custom female players for the first time, and both custom characters and real-world WNBA players can mix it up with the men in the game's streetball modes.

In "NBA Live 19," women feature more prominently in the game's core modes, but there's still a long way to go towards equal representation in these games.

This year's "NBA Live 19" breaks new ground as the first professional sports game to offer mixed gender competition, continuing a progressive trend from developer EA Sports.

But EA Sports has quietly been taking strides to create games that reflect a global athletic community and include women competing at the highest level of their respective fields of competition.

In 2015, EA added 12 international women's teams to "FIFA 16," another first.

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