– Playoffs Tip Off Aug. 26 at Mavs Gaming Hub in Dallas at 5 p.m. ET –
NEW YORK, Aug. 2, 2021 – The NBA 2K League today announced that the 2021 NBA 2K League Playoffs Delivered with DoorDash will take place at Mavs Gaming Hub in Dallas. The opening round through the semifinals will be held from Thursday, Aug. 26 through Saturday, Aug. 28, and the Playoffs will culminate with the 2021 NBA 2K League Finals Delivered with DoorDash on Saturday, Sept. 4. This will mark the first time that the NBA 2K League holds games in person since the 2019 NBA 2K League Finals in New York City. The complete schedule and seedings for the 2021 Playoffs will be announced at a later date.
Games will be simulcast live at 5 p.m. ET each day on the NBA 2K League’s Twitch and YouTube channels, and will also be available on Dash Radio, ESRevolution, eGG Network in Southeast Asia, Loco in India, Sport1 in Europe and Tencent in China.
The 2021 Playoffs will feature the top five teams from each of the Eastern conference and Western conference based on regular‑season standings. The 13 remaining teams will compete in THE TICKET Powered by AT&T from Thursday, Aug. 19 through Saturday, Aug. 21, with the winning team from each conference earning the 11th and 12th spots in the Playoffs. The first round, quarterfinals and semifinals of the Playoffs will be played in a best-of-three format. Teams seeded 3rd through 6th in each conference will participate in the first round with the winners advancing to the quarterfinals where the teams will be re-seeded. The NBA 2K League Finals Delivered with DoorDash will be a best-of-five format.
For the first time in league history, the NBA 2K League will implement an innovative studio design featuring two stages allowing for simultaneous in‑person games. The broadcast will switch between games in real-time to capture the most exciting action.
“The NBA 2K League live studio experience and stage is unlike anything in esports, with an electric energy and passion that is palpable. Add the high-stakes of the Playoffs and we have the perfect storm that our fans have been waiting to see for two years.” said NBA 2K League President Brendan Donohue. “We are thrilled to be able to bring together the league’s top teams to safely crown a champion and share this excitement with our fans watching around the world.”
As the presenting partner of the 2021 Playoffs, DoorDash will connect both fans and players with unique activations to elevate the gameday experience through expert analysis, content, social media interactions with talent and influencers, and DoorDash giveaways.
- Debuting Wednesday, Aug. 25, The NBA 2KL Playoff Preview Delivered with DoorDash will be a special 60-minute 2021 Playoffs preview show featuring interviews with special guests from the NBA 2K League, stories, recaps and highlights from the season, and the DoorDash x NBA 2K League Delivery Moment where fans will have the opportunity to facilitate delivery through DoorDash directly to broadcast talent.
- During every halftime throughout the Playoffs, a player who has made significant plays for their team and been “in the zone” will be recognized through branded DoorDash graphics, and fans in the Twitch chat who use #DoorDashInTheZone will have the opportunity to win DoorDash gift cards.
- The Daily NBA 2K League Pick’em Game will be available on league social channels and com throughout the Playoffs. Fans will have the opportunity to climb up the leaderboard and win prizes by answering a series of predictive questions related to the 2021 NBA 2K League Playoffs Delivered with DoorDash.
The NBA 2K League will award more than $1 million in prize money during the 2021 Playoffs, with the NBA 2K League champions receiving $450,000 from that pool. The remaining $630,000 will be distributed among the teams that qualify for the 2021 Playoffs (second place – $180,000, third and fourth place – $80,000, fifth through eighth place – $42,500, ninth through twelfth place – $30,000). For more information on the 2021 NBA 2K League season prize pool, click here.
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