Frequently Asked Questions - NBA 2K League

What is the NBA 2K League?

The NBA 2K League is a professional competitive esports league co-founded by the NBA and Take-Two Interactive. The NBA 2K League is the first official esports league operated by a U.S. professional sports league and features the world’s best NBA 2K players.

What is Take-Two?

Take-Two is a leading developer, publisher and marketer of interactive entertainment for consumers around the globe. It is the parent company of 2K Sports, which publishes the popular NBA 2K video game franchise.

When is the 2020 season?

The 2020 season will tip off on Tuesday, March 24 with THE TIPOFF powered by AT&T and will conclude Saturday, Aug. 8 with the 2020 NBA 2K League Finals.

How many teams are participating?

The 23 NBA 2K League teams are:

76ers GC, Blazer5 Gaming, Bucks Gaming, Celtics Crossover Gaming, Cavs Legion GC, Gen.G Tigers of Shanghai, Grizz Gaming, Hawks Talon GC, Heat Check Gaming, Hornets Venom GT, Jazz Gaming, Kings Guard Gaming, Knicks Gaming, Lakers Gaming, Magic Gaming, Mavs Gaming, Nets GC, Pacers Gaming, Pistons GT, Raptors Uprising GC, T-Wolves Gaming, Warriors Gaming Squad, and Wizards District Gaming.

How are games played?

Players compete as unique characters (not as existing NBA players) in 5-on-5 gameplay. No artificial intelligence is used; playing ability is strictly determined by skill.

Where are games played?

Weekly regular-season matchups at the NBA 2K League Studio at 508 West 37th Street in Manhattan and will begin at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. New this season, select NBA 2K League teams will host rivalry matches and round-robin events in their local markets.

Will the games be broadcast?

Stay tuned for more information on where NBA 2K League games will be livestreamed.

What is the structure of the season?

The NBA 2K League’s third season tips off Tuesday, March 24 with The TIPOFF powered by AT&T at the NBA 2K League Studio and will conclude Saturday, Aug. 8 with the NBA 2K League Finals. Each team will play a total of 16 regular-season games.

New this season, select NBA 2K League teams will host rivalry matches and round-robin events in their local markets. All rivalry matches and round-robin games will count toward a team’s regular-season record, with the exception of the round-robin championship games.

The 2020 season will once again feature three in-season tournaments (THE TIPOFF, THE TURN and THE TICKET) in which teams compete for banners that link together to form THE BANNER CHAIN powered by AT&T. All 23 teams will compete in THE TIPOFF and THE TURN. The 14 teams that are not one of the top nine playoff seeds will compete in THE TICKET, which will see the winning team earn the 10th and final spot in the 2020 NBA 2K League Playoffs, which will tip off Wednesday, July 29 and take place over four days of gameplay.

All 23 teams will have five bye weeks during the season, including a league-wide bye week July 1-4. For more information on the season structure, click here. For the complete game schedule, click here.

Is there prize money?

During the 2020 season, the NBA 2K League will award $1.4 million in prize money across THE TIPOFF and THE TURN, the six round-robin local events and the NBA 2K League Playoffs. Additional information is available here.

How many players per team?

To allow for roster flexibility, each team is composed of six players.

How did the teams fill their rosters?

Each of the 23 teams that competed in 2019 protected two players who were on its roster at the end of the 2019 season from the expansion draft. Each team had the option to protect one additional player. Teams that protected two players had the opportunity to retain two additional players after the expansion draft. Teams that protected three players automatically forfeited a third-round pick in the 2020 NBA 2K League Draft and had the opportunity to retain one additional player after the expansion draft.

All players from the 2019 season who were not protected or selected in the expansion draft were added to the draft-eligible pool for the 2020 NBA 2K League Draft delivered by Panera Bread on Saturday, Feb. 22 when all 23 teams completed their rosters.

How was the pool of eligible players determined?

The draft-eligible player pool consisted of players who were selected by the league through the NBA 2K League Combine, players from the 11 team-hosted Pro-Am tournaments, five players from the league’s first European Invitational, five players from the league’s second Asia-Pacific (APAC) Invitational, and 50 unretained players from the 2019 season.

Is there an age requirement for the players?

Each player had to be 18 as of Nov. 10, 2019, and must have graduated from high school (or, if the player did not graduate, the class with which the player would have graduated must have graduated).

What will the experience be like for the players?

All players will be paid a guaranteed, competitive salary, and will have benefits as well as housing. Players will live in their respective team’s market during the season for training.

Who oversees the NBA 2K League?

Brendan Donohue, a sports industry veteran with more than two decades of experience in team and league operations, is the Managing Director of the NBA 2K League. Donohue, who joined the NBA in 2009, previously served as NBA Senior Vice President, Team Marketing and Business Operations (TMBO).

Where is more information available about the NBA 2K League?

For more information, fans can follow the NBA 2K League on Twitter (@NBA2KLeague), Instagram (nba2kleague), Facebook (NBA 2K League), Twitch (NBA2KLeague) and YouTube (NBA 2K League) and visit NBA2KLeague.com.