Pistons GT Advances to Playoff Stage in “THE TIPOFF” Tournament


WHAT: Pistons Gaming Team (GT) advanced to the playoff stage of THE TIPOFF Tournament and will take on Jazz Gaming in a best-of-three matchup on Thursday, June 18 beginning at 7 p.m. ET. Pistons GT earned its spot in the playoffs by winning the tiebreaker for Group 1 after splitting its two-game series with both 76ers GC and NetsGC on June 16.

The eight remaining NBA 2K teams are now competing for the $160,000 prize pool. The winner of THE TIPOFF will earn nearly half of the prize pool, with the remainder awarded to the runner-up, third- and fourth-place finishers (first place – $70,000; second place – $50,000; third and fourth place – $20,000 each).

WHO:  Pistons GT (Group 1 winner) vs. Jazz Gaming (Group 2 winner) in the quarterfinals of THE TIPOFF Tournament playoffs

Other playoff teams: Group 3: Grizz Gaming | Group 4: Kings Guard Gaming | Group 5: Bucks Gaming | Group 6: Raptors Uprising GC | Group 7: Cavs Legion GC | Wild Card: Gen.G Tigers of Shanghai

WHEN:    Game 1 – Pistons GT vs. Jazz Gaming at 7 p.m.

Game 2 – Pistons GT vs. Jazz Gaming at 8 p.m.

Game 3 – Pistons GT vs. Jazz Gaming at 9 p.m. (*if necessary)

Semifinals and Finals to take place on Friday, June 19

WHERE: ESPN2, NBA 2K League Twitch and YouTube channels

NOTE: Announcements and updated information will be provided by Pistons GT twitter

About Pistons GT

Pistons GT is in its third season in the NBA 2K League and is one of 23 franchises participating in the league in 2020. Pistons GT made one postseason appearance in 2018 and is headed by 2018 NBA 2K League Coach of the Year Duane Burton and General Manager Adam Rubin. The NBA 2K League is the first official esports league operated by a U.S. professional sports league. According to Newzoo, the global esports audience will reach 453.8 million in 2020 and will generate revenues of $1.1 billion. NBA 2K League content has generated more than 306 million video views across all NBA and NBA 2K League social media platforms, while the league and its 23 teams have more than 2.0 million combined followers on those platforms.

 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, eGG Network, ESPN, Facebook, GameStop, HyperX, Jostens, Panera Bread, Raynor Gaming, SAP, SCUF Gaming, Snickers, Sportsnet, Stance, Tissot, Twitch and YouTube.  For more information about the NBA 2K League, visit NBA2KLeague.com.