What is the NBA 2K League?
The NBA 2K League is a professional competitive gaming league co-founded by the NBA and Take-Two
Interactive Software, Inc. Bringing together the world’s best basketball gamers, this marks the first official esports league operated by a U.S. professional sports league.
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 first season?
The inaugural season will tip off on May 1, 2018, and conclude in August 2018.
How many teams are participating?
The NBA 2K League consists of 17 teams, all operated by NBA franchises:
Blazer5 Gaming, Bucks Gaming, Cavs Legion GC, Celtics Crossover Gaming, Grizz Gaming, Heat Check
Gaming, Jazz Gaming, Kings Guard Gaming, Knicks Gaming, Magic Gaming, Mavs Gaming, Pacers Gaming, Pistons GT, Raptors Uprising GC, 76ers GC, Warriors Gaming Squad and Wizards District Gaming.
How are games played?
Players will compete as unique characters (not as existing NBA players) in 5-on-5 gameplay. No artificial intelligence will be used; playing ability is strictly determined by skill.
Where will games be played?
Will the games be broadcast?
Twitch, the world’s leading social video service and community for gamers, will live stream all NBA 2K League games at twitch.tv/nba2kleague. After each live broadcast, games will be available to view on demand.
What is the structure of the season?
The 15-week regular season will include 12 weeks of matchups and three weeks of tournaments. Tournament results will not count toward a team’s 14-game regular-season record, but will serve as a tiebreaker for the postseason. The playoffs will be two weeks.
What is the playoff format?
Playoff seeding will be determined by regular-season standings. Eight teams will make the playoffs: the seven teams with the best records and the winner of the final tournament. If the tournament winner has a top-eight record, the top eight teams will make the playoffs. The quarterfinals will be single-elimination play, followed by best-of-three series for the semifinals and NBA 2K League Finals. (Click here for more on the schedule.)
Is there prize money?
During the season, teams will compete for $1 million in prize money across the three tournaments and playoffs.
How many players per team?
To allow for roster flexibility, each team will be composed of six players.
How did the teams fill their rosters?
The NBA 2K League Draft took place on April 4 at The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York. Each team selected six players from a set pool of 102 prospects. The draft order was determined by the NBA 2K League Draft Lottery on March 13. (Click here for round-by-round and team-by-team draft results.)
How was the pool of eligible players determined?
The players were determined by the results from two stages of qualifying. The first stage of qualifying took place from Jan. 1-31. The second stage, known as the NBA 2K League Combine, was held from Feb. 2-21.
Following the combine, the NBA 2K League identified the top 250 players and held live, one-on-one interviews with each player. After the interviews, all player information was evaluated by a selection committee and used to determine the 102 players eligible to be drafted.
Is there an age requirement for the players?
Each player had to be 18 as of Feb. 1, 2018, 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 they 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?