Frequently Asked Questions - NBA 2K League

Frequently Asked Questions

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 do the 2022 competitions begin?

The competition tipped off on Wednesday, March 23 with the amateur qualifying event for the Coinbase NBA2KL 3v3 SLAM OPEN, the first of three tournaments in the new Coinbase NBA2KL 3v3 BLACKTOP SERIES, and will culminate with the NBA2KL 3v3 and 5v5 Finals as part of the NBA2KL Championships on Saturday, Aug. 20 and Saturday, Aug. 27, respectively.

 

Where are games being played?

NBA 2K League games will be played both remotely and in-person.  In-person NBA 2K League games will take place at the new NBA 2K League Studio in Indianapolis at The Pavilion at Pan Am.

 

How many NBA 2K League teams are participating in 2022?

Twenty-four NBA 2K League teams will compete this season.  They are:

 

76ers GC, Blazer5 Gaming, Bucks Gaming, Cavs Legion GC, Celtics Crossover Gaming, DUX Infinitos, 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.

 

Do non-NBA 2K League teams get to play?

New this season, as an avenue for the two million players who play NBA 2K every day to compete in NBA 2K League competition, amateur teams from around the world will have the opportunity to participate alongside NBA 2K League teams for a share of the 3v3 tournament prize pool in the Coinbase NBA2KL 3v3 BLACKTOP SERIES, which includes the SLAM OPEN, SWITCH OPEN and STEAL OPEN.  NBA 2K League teams, amateur teams and Community Teams (selected by the league and consisting of top players from the 2K community and social media influencers) will qualify for the NBA2KL 3v3 Playoffs based on their performance in the prior competitions throughout the season.

 

How are NBA 2K League games played?

Players will compete as unique custom characters (not as avatars of NBA players) in 3-on-3 and 5-on-5 gameplay.  No artificial intelligence will be used; playing ability is strictly determined by skill.

 

When will NBA 2K League games be played?

Remote games will tip off at 7 p.m. ET Tuesday – Friday.  In-person games in Indianapolis will tip off at 7 p.m. ET Wednesday – Friday and at 3 p.m. ET on Saturdays.

 

Are NBA 2K League games broadcast?

Games will be simulcast live on the NBA 2K League’s Twitch and YouTube channels, and will be available on Dash Radio, eGG Network in Southeast Asia, Loco in India, and Sport1 in Europe.

 

What is the 2022 competition structure?

THE BANNER CHAIN Powered by AT&T tournaments (THE TIPOFF, THE TURN and THE TICKET) and the NBA2KL 5v5 Playoffs and Finals will continue to feature only NBA 2K League teams, as in past seasons.  All 24 teams will compete in THE TIPOFF and THE TURN.  The five top performing teams from each conference heading into THE TICKET will automatically qualify for the NBA2KL 5v5 Playoffs.  The 14 remaining teams will compete in THE TICKET, with the winning teams from the two conferences earning the 11th and 12th spots in the playoffs.

 

The Coinbase NBA2KL 3v3 BLACKTOP SERIES, which includes the SLAM OPEN, SWITCH OPEN and STEAL OPEN, will complement the traditional 5v5 BANNER CHAIN Powered by AT&T tournaments.  The SLAM OPEN and SWITCH OPEN will include the 24 NBA 2K League teams, North American amateur teams that earned a spot through the tournaments’ qualifying events and Community Teams.  The STEAL OPEN will include the 14 NBA 2K League teams that haven’t already qualified for the NBA2KL 3v3 Playoffs, and one amateur international team from each of the European and Asia-Pacific regions that earned a spot through separate international qualifying events.  NBA 2K League teams, amateur teams and Community Teams will qualify for the NBA2KL 3v3 Playoffs based on their performance in the prior competitions throughout the season.

 

Is there prize money awarded in the NBA 2K League?

The NBA 2K League will award $2.5 million in cash prize money across the BANNER CHAIN Powered by AT&T and Coinbase NBA 2KL 3v3 BLACKTOP SERIES tournaments, with the largest portion reserved for the 5v5 NBA2KL Finals champions.  The $2.5 million cash prize pool is the largest in league history and an increase from last year of 65%.  For more information, click here.

 

How many players are on each NBA 2K League team?

Each team will be composed of five players.

 

How did NBA 2K League teams fill their rosters?

Each of the 23 teams that competed in 2021 protected at least two and up to three players who were on its roster at the end of the 2021 season from selection in the expansion draft.  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 2022 NBA 2K League Draft and had the opportunity to retain one additional player after the expansion draft.

 

Players who were not protected made up the player pool for the expansion draft, during which expansion team DUX Infinitos selected three players.

 

All 24 teams then completed their five‑player rosters by making selections from the pool of eligible players during the 2022 NBA 2K League Draft on February 26.

 

How was the pool of eligible NBA 2K League players for the 2022 NBA 2K League Draft determined?

The 2022 draft pool consisted of unretained players from last season, players who earned draft eligibility as part of the “NBA 2K League Draft Prospect Series,” select participants in the NBA 2K League’s Women in Gaming initiative, select competitors in the NBA 2K League’s APAC and European Invitationals, and high-performing players in the 2K community as determined by league and team officials.

 

Is there an age requirement for players in the NBA 2K League?

Players must be 18 years old, 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), in order to be eligible to play in the NBA 2K League

 

What will the experience be like for players in the NBA 2K League?

All NBA 2K League players will be paid a guaranteed, competitive salary and will receive benefits including housing.  Teams will either live in in the league’s central location of Indianapolis or their respective team’s market during the season for training.  The NBA 2K League will play a combination of remote and in-person games in Indianapolis.

 

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 President 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 sign up to receive emails at NBA2KLeague.com and follow the NBA 2K League on Twitter (NBA2KLeague), Instagram (nba2kleague), Facebook (NBA 2K League), TikTok (nba2kleague), Twitch (NBA2KLeague) and YouTube (NBA 2K League).