NBA 2K League Heads To Its Third Postseason Online
While the NBA heads to the playoffs, The NBA 2K League, an esports league joint venture between the National Basketball Association and Take-Two Interactive, officially begins its third postseason today. After the first successful 2K players tournament several months ago, the esports community gained traction once again.
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The tournament begins today, Thursday, with two round one matchups: NetsGC vs Hornets Venom GT and Blazer5 Gaming vs Mavs Gaming. The winners advance to the quarterfinal round on August 21. Semis are on August 22. The grand finals will take place on August 29. More than that, expect some of the top Bitcoin sportsbooks to feature these odds on top of the ongoing NBA playoffs.
All live games will be broadcasted on the NBA 2K League Twitch and YouTube, as well as the ESPN App every session. Games start at 5 p.m. ET on Thursday, August 20; 5 p.m. ET Friday, August 21; and 2:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, August 22. ESPN2 will air the quarterfinals and semifinals on August 21, 6-11 p.m. ET and August 22, 3-5 p.m. ET, respectively. The broadcasting schedule, tipoff time, and platforms for the finals on August 29 are TBA.
Like most international esports leagues, the NBA 2K League playoffs shifted to an online format due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The league tried to try other alternatives that could allow players to compete live. However, the final decision is to stay remote to protect the health and safety of staff and players. Today’s postseason will be the same.
“Our players have been quarantining with their teammates as they prepare for the season and will now have the opportunity to compete against one another and show they are the best players in the world,” Brendan Donohue, the NBA 2K League managing director said.
The league will be giving away an overall prize pool of $1.4 million for season three. The $920,000 is up for grabs in the postseason. The champions will go home with $420,000, while the remaining $500,000 will be divided into teams who will place second to tenth.
Last year’s champions, T-Wolves Gaming – the NBA 2K League affiliate of the Minnesota Timberwolves, received $360,000 from a $720,000 playoff prize pool and a $1.2 million prize money from the overall pot.