League Info - NBA 2K League


NBA 2K League Overview

  • The NBA 2K League, a joint venture between the NBA and Take-Two Interactive, is a professional esports
    league featuring the best NBA 2K players in the world and is the first official esports league operated by a
    U.S. professional sports league.
  • The NBA 2K League tipped off its inaugural season in May 2018 with 17 teams, each affiliated with an NBA
    team. Since then, the league has expanded to 24 teams, 22 of which are affiliated with NBA teams. The
    Gen.G Tigers of Shanghai and the recently announced DUX Gaming are the only NBA 2K League teams not
    affiliated with an NBA team.
  • Teams compete in 5 vs. 5 gameplay using unique characters (not existing NBA players).
  • The 24 NBA 2K League teams are: 76ers GC, Blazer5 Gaming, Bucks Gaming, Celtics Crossover Gaming,
    Cavs Legion GC, DUX Gaming, the 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.
    • 2021 NBA 2K League Champion – Wizards District Gaming
    • 2020 NBA 2K League Champion – Wizards District Gaming
    • 2019 NBA 2K League Champion – T-Wolves Gaming
    • 2018 NBA 2K League Champion – Knicks Gaming
  • NBA 2K League President Brendan Donohue oversees all league operations.

2022 Season Tryout Process

  • NBA 2K League Draft Prospect Series – Oct. 4 through Dec. 5
    • Every NBA 2K League team is eligible to host up to three NBA2K22 Pro-Am tournaments one on each
      next-generation console and one on either current-generation consoles.
    • All players on the winning team from each team–hosted tournament—on both current–generation
      consoles and next–generation consoles—will be made eligible for the 2022 NBA 2K League Draft.
    • NBA 2K League teams will also be able to select one player not on the winning team of each tournament
      they host to receive a “Prospect Badge” and become Draft-eligible.
  • Sony PlayStation Draft-Eligible Tournaments – Oct. 4 through Dec. 4
    • As part of the league’s first-of-its kind partnership with Sony Interactive Entertainment, “Scouting
      Grounds” will feature seven tournaments exclusively for hopefuls in North America and Europe.
    • All players on the winning team of each tournament will be made eligible for the 2022 NBA 2K League
  • International Qualifying Events
    • The NBA 2K League will host the third NBA 2K League European Invitational (Nov. 18 – 19) and fourth
      NBA 2K League APAC Invitational (Nov. 22 – 23), which will feature top players from Europe and the
      Asia-Pacific (APAC) region competing in high-intensity, online gameplay in front of NBA 2K League
      coaches and scouts.
  • The NBA 2K League will award additional Draft eligibility to a select number of players participants in the
    Women in Gaming Initiative, and high-performing players in the 2K community, as determined by league and
    team officials.

2021 NBA 2K League Season

  • The NBA 2K League’s fourth season culminated with the 2021 NBA 2K League Playoffs and Finals Delivered
    with DoorDash at Mavs Gaming Hub in Dallas in September, marking the first in-person games since the
    2019 NBA 2K League Finals.
    • Games during the 2021 season aired live on the NBA 2K League’s Twitch and YouTube channels, and
      were available on ESRevolution, eGG Network in Southeast Asia, Loco in India, Sport1 in Europe,
      Tencent in China and Dash Radio.
    • New in the 2021 season, the NBA 2K League was aligned into two conferences: the Eastern Conference
      and the Western Conference. Each team played both inter- and intra-conference matchups.
    • The 2021 season featured three in-season tournaments (THE TIPOFF, THE TURN and THE TICKET).
    • During the 2021 season, the NBA 2K League awarded $1.5 million in prize money across the THE
      TIPOFF, THE TURN and the playoffs.
  • The league’s inaugural All-Star Game was held on Saturday, Sept. 25 and broadcast on the league’s Twitch
    and YouTube channels. The game was a 5-on-5, best-of-three series with players competing for a $25,000
    prize pool with the winning and losing team receiving $18,000 and $7,000, respectively.

2021 NBA 2K League Draft

  • The 2021 NBA 2K League Draft was held virtually on Saturday, March 13 and livestreamed on the NBA 2K
    League’s Twitch and YouTube channels.

    • The 2021 Draft was the most-watched NBA 2K League Draft to date, up 56% in unique viewers on Twitch
      compared to 2020.
    • Lakers Gaming selected Arshia “Krazy” Karimi of Dallas, Texas, with the No. 1 overall pick
    • Alaina “DjLayyy” Haney of St. Louis, Missouri was selected 28th overall by Celtics Crossover Gaming, and
      Ziah “ziah” Minor of Washington, D.C. was selected 52nd overall by Mavs Gaming, becoming the second
      and third women, respectively, to be drafted in the NBA 2K League.
    • Five international players from four countries were selected, including the first NBA 2K League players
      from Australia and Spain: Mario “avemario32” Ortega Ariza (41st overall to Cavs Legion GC) and Meason
      “xMiLo—” Camille (62nd overall to Pistons GT). In total, 10 international players from five countries and
      territories will compete in the league’s fourth season


  • Since the start of the 2021 season, the NBA 2K League has added over 47K followers across its social
    channels (Twitch, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, Facebook.)
  • The NBA 2K League and its teams have more than 2M combined followers on social media platforms
    (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
  • NBA 2K League content has generated more than 518 million video views across all NBA and NBA 2K
    League social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Twitch and YouTube).
  • NBA 2K League partners include Anheuser-Busch, AT&T, Champion Athleticwear, Dash Radio, DoorDash,
    eGG Network, ESRevolution, Loco, Mondelēz International, SAP, SCUF Gaming, Snickers, Sony Interactive
    Entertainment, Sport1, Tencent, Twitch, Wilson and YouTube.

About NBA 2K

  • Top-rated NBA video game series for the last 22 years
  • NBA 2K series has sold in nearly 110 million units worldwide
  • NBA 2K17 remains the highest-rated sports game of the current console generation.
  • NBA 2K19 has sold-in more than 12 million units.
  • NBA 2K20 has sold-in over 15 million units worldwide, up 26% over NBA 2K19 in the same period.
  • NBA 2K21 has sold-in over 10 million units.
  • NBA 2K Online in China remains the #1 PC online sports game in China with more than 49.5 million registered users.

About Esports

    • The global esports audience will reach 474 million this year and will generate revenues of $1.08 billion (+14.5% year-over-year; Source: Newzoo, 2021).
    • A number of NBA teams, owners and former players are already looking to the future of the esports industry, investing in esports franchises/holding companies.

* Draft eligibility is contingent on passing a background check and satisfying all NBA 2K League eligibility requirements.