— Kings Guard Gaming Begins Season Participating in NBA 2K League’s THE TIPOFF In-Season Tournament —
Today, Kings Guard Gaming announced their upcoming regular-season schedule and season-long competition structure for the 2021 NBA 2K League Season. Every game will be broadcast live on Twitch.com/NBA2KLeague and YouTube.com/NBA2KLeague.
The 16-week season will begin Wednesday, May 19 with THE TIPOFF Powered by AT&T, and will conclude Saturday, September 4 with the 2021 NBA 2K League Finals Delivered by DoorDash. The 23 teams will play 28 regular-season games each.
For the first time, the NBA 2K League will be aligned into two conferences: the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference. Each team will play matchups both within its conference and against teams in the other conference. The teams in each conference are listed below:
- Eastern Conference
- 76ers GC, Celtics Crossover Gaming, Gen.G Tigers of Shanghai, Grizz Gaming, Hawks Talon GC, Heat Check Gaming, Hornets Venom GT, Knicks Gaming, Magic Gaming, Nets GC, Raptors Uprising GC and Wizards District Gaming
- Western Conference
- Bucks Gaming, Blazer5 Gaming, Cavs Legion GC, Jazz Gaming, Kings Guard Gaming, Lakers Gaming, Mavs Gaming, Pacers Gaming, Pistons GT, T-Wolves Gaming and Warriors Gaming Squad
Also new this year, the field for the 2021 NBA 2K League Playoffs Delivered by DoorDash has expanded to 12 teams. The playoffs will begin Thursday, August 26.
Each NBA 2K League team will begin the 2021 season playing remotely from its local market. Games will be simulcast live on the NBA 2K League’s Twitch and YouTube channels, and will be available on Dash Radio, ESRevolution, Loco in India and Sport1 in Europe.
The 2021 season will once again include three in-season tournaments (THE TIPOFF, THE TURN and THE TICKET) as part of THE BANNER CHAIN powered by AT&T. All 23 teams will compete in THE TIPOFF and THE TURN. The top five teams in each conference at the end of the regular season will automatically qualify for the NBA 2K League Playoffs Delivered by DoorDash. The 13 remaining teams will compete in THE TICKET, with the winning teams from each conference earning the 11th and 12th spots in the playoffs. The NBA 2K League will award $1.5 million in prize money across the THE TIPOFF, THE TURN and the playoffs. Additional information is available here.
“After a transformational 2020 season, we are thrilled to bring NBA 2K League action back to fans worldwide in Season 4,” said NBA 2K League President Brendan Donohue. “We’re working toward returning to our live studio experience once we safely can be together, and all fans rooting for their teams around the globe will surely enjoy the rivalries that will develop with the introduction of conferences.”
Regular-season games will begin at 4 p.m. PT on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights with four distinct matchups each night. Matchups will be played in a two-game format. For the first time, regular-season broadcasts will feature nightly themes:
- “NBA 2KL Block Party Wednesdays” will highlight voices around the NBA 2K League community, including influencer personalities.
- “NBA 2KL Bounce Pass Thursdays” will be the league’s most fast-paced nights of gameplay, packing all four matchups into a three-hour window. They will include as many as three games happening simultaneously, and the broadcasts will bounce around to highlight the most exciting action.
- “NBA 2KL Friday Night Fire” will spotlight the week’s marquee matchup with the Game of the Week and dive deep into the stories of the league’s 138 players with never-before-seen content and interviews.
- “NBA 2KL Saturday Night Showdown” will explore new broadcast elements and voices and focus on the hardcore 2K fans by showcasing the game and players through the lens of the league’s most compelling storylines, including rivalries between individual players and teams.
Kings Guard Gaming 2021 Regular Season Schedule
|Date||Games||Tip-off Time (PST)|
|Week 1||May 19-22: THE TIPOFF – In-Season Tournament|
|Week 2||May 29||Kings Guard Gaming vs. Bucks Gaming||4 p.m.|
|Week 3||June 3
|Kings Guard Gaming @ Pacers Gaming
Kings Guard Gaming vs. Lakers Gaming
|Week 4||June 9-12: BYE WEEK|
|Week 5||June 18
|Kings Guard Gaming vs. Pistons GT
Kings Guard Gaming @ Blazer5 Gaming
|Week 6||June 24
|Kings Guard Gaming vs. Jazz Gaming
Kings Guard Gaming vs. Blazer5 Gaming
|Week 7||July 4th BYE WEEK|
|Week 8||July 7
|Kings Guard Gaming @ Celtics Crossover Gaming
Kings Guard Gaming @ Cavs Legion GC
|Week 9||July 14-17: THE TURN Tournament|
|Week 10||July 21-24: BYE WEEK|
|Week 11||July 29
|Kings Guard Gaming @ Jazz Gaming
Kings Guard Gaming vs. Hawks Talon GC
|Week 12||August 4
|Kings Guard Gaming vs. Warriors Gaming Squad
Kings Guard Gaming @ Warriors Gaming Squad
|Week 13||August 13||Kings Guard Gaming @ Lakers Gaming||4:20 p.m.|
|Week 14||August 19-21: THE TICKET Tournament|
|Week 15||August 26-28: 2021 NBA 2K League Playoffs|
|Week 16||September 4: 2021 NBA 2K League Finals|
Details for the in-season tournaments will be announced later.
Kings Guard Gaming will participate in its fourth season in the NBA 2K League as one of 23 total franchises who will compete in the upcoming 2021 season. Kings Guard enters the new season coming off its second postseason appearance in 2020, which saw the team finish tied for fifth place (11-5) and claim $107,100 in prize money. For the 2021 season, Head Coach DJ “DLAY2K” Layton will return to lead the team, marking his third year of coaching.
On March 13, Kings Guard selected veteran power forward/center Stanley “MaJes7ic” Lebron and rookie power forward/center Kerry “KerryJr” Thompson. These newly drafted players will join shooting forward Rafel “Crush” Davis, power forward/center Yusuf “Yusuf_Scarbz” Abdulla, shooting guard Waseem “Seem” Talbert and point guard Nidal “Mama Im Dat Man” Nasser in representing Sacramento for the upcoming season.
The team will live in Sacramento and practice at the world’s first dedicated esports training facility and content studio inside a professional sporting venue Golden 1 Center, which features a broadcast center, gamer lounge and full-service music recording studio.
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ABOUT THE NBA 2K LEAGUE:
The NBA 2K League, a professional esports league co-founded by the NBA and Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTWO), launched in 2018 and features the best NBA 2K players in the world. Each of the league’s 23 teams features six players who compete as unique characters in 5-on-5 play against the other teams in a mix of regular-season games, tournaments and playoffs. NBA 2K League partners include Anheuser-Busch, AT&T, Champion Athleticwear, Dash Radio, DoorDash, ESRevolution, Loco, Mondelēz International, Raynor Gaming, SAP, SCUF Gaming, Snickers, Sony Interactive Entertainment, Sport1, Twitch, Wilson and YouTube. For more information about the NBA 2K League, visit NBA2KLeague.com.