2K announced has partnered with the National Basketball Association (NBA), National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) and ESL, the world’s largest esports company, to create the NBA 2K20 Global Championship. The partnership was announced on September 17, 2019.
Featuring more than US$100,000 in prizes, the NBA 2K20 Global Championship is a new competitive tournament designed for aspiring “NBA 2K20” players worldwide. The global tournament will feature head-to-head competition in a series of online and offline events that will take place from October 2019 to February 2020.
The tournament will culminate in a final event in the United States to crown the first-ever NBA 2K20 global champion. Registration is already open at www.nba2kgc.com.
“We’re excited to partner with the NBA, NBPA and ESL to create this first-of-its-kind tournament for ‘NBA 2K,’” 2K senior vice president of basketball operations Jason Argent stated. “For anyone who is interested to test how their skills match up on a global scale, we encourage you to register and see if you truly have what it takes to become the best head-to-head player in the world.”
From October 2019 to November 2019, aspiring “NBA 2K20” players will compete in local online qualifiers in the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific regions that will lead to online playoffs, which will determine who advances to the regional finals. Regional finals will be held as live events at the ESL studios in Los Angeles, California, USA; Paris, France and Sydney, Australia, where each winner will receive US$15,000 and other prizes from the NBA and 2K.
“The global scale of the tournament reflects the incredible growth of basketball around the world,” NBA consumer products and gaming partnerships senior vice president Matthew Holt stated. “The NBA 2K20 Global Championship offers a chance for anyone in the world to compete.”
The Global Finals will be held on February 22, 2020 at the ESL studio in Los Angeles, where eight finalists will compete to determine who will be crowned the first-ever global champion. The winner of the NBA 2K20 Global Championship will receive US$100,000 in prizes.
“We are thrilled to be working with these partners in creating this milestone event in gaming,” National Basketball Players Inc. (NBPI) executive vice president Josh Goodstadt said. “Our players come from all over the world and this is a unique experience which will allow fans from every corner of the globe to engage and compete with them through NBA 2K.”
The NBPI is the commercial arm of the NBPA. For the official rules of the NBA 2K20 Global Championship, please visit www.nba2kgc.com.
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