– Charlotte Hornets Affiliate to Compete Starting With 2020 NBA 2K League Season –
NEW YORK, April 3, 2019 – The NBA 2K League today announced that an affiliate of the Charlotte Hornets will join the NBA 2K League for the league’s third season, which will begin in 2020. Charlotte joins 21 other franchises that currently compete in the NBA 2K League.
“We are excited to welcome Charlotte to the NBA 2K League as the first expansion team for our third season,” said NBA 2K League Managing Director Brendan Donohue. “With North Carolina’s rich basketball history and the Hornets organization’s commitment to innovation and fan engagement, we know they will be a great addition to the NBA 2K League family.”
“Hornets Sports & Entertainment is thrilled to bring the next professional sports league franchise to Charlotte,” said Hornets President & Vice Chairman Fred Whitfield. “The popularity and growth of esports both in the U.S. and internationally continues to rise at a tremendous rate. Our NBA 2K League affiliate will provide us with another opportunity to extend the HSE brand and reach a highly-coveted as well as hard to reach younger demographic of fans. We look forward to joining the NBA 2K League in 2020 and bringing the exciting, fast-paced and entertaining esports action to the fans of Charlotte.”
The NBA 2K League’s second season began yesterday with THE TIPOFF powered by AT&T and concludes Saturday, August 3 with the 2019 NBA 2K League Finals. The 18-week season is comprised of weekly matchups and three tournaments, culminating with the NBA 2K League Playoffs and Finals. All regular-season games will take place at the NBA 2K League Studio Powered by Intel in Long Island City, New York, and will be livestreamed on the league’s Twitch channel.