Pistons GT Set To Open Season on April 4 With TIPOFF Tournament
DETROIT, Mich. – The Pistons Gaming Team announced today its 2019 NBA 2K League schedule. Pistons GT begins its second season in the league with the TIPOFF Tournament on April 4, followed by its regular season debut on April 10. The season runs through July 19, with the 2019 NBA 2K League Playoffs set to tip on July 24.
The NBA 2K League regular season will begin on April 4, featuring 13 weeks of matchups and three weeks of tournaments (THE TIPOFF, THE TURN AND THE TICKET). Pistons GT will open the season with two games as part of the NBA 2K TIPOFF Tournament, with their first contest slated for 8 p.m. EST versus Celtics Crossover Gaming.
Each team will play a total of 16 regular season games, which will now be on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. All regular season games will take place at the NBA 2K League Studio Powered by Intel in Long Island City, New York, and will be livestreamed on the league’s Twitch channel.
The Pistons GT regular season schedule is highlighted by an April 25th matchup with 2018 NBA 2K League Champion Knicks Gaming, as well as contests against two of the four new expansion teams in Lakers Gaming (April 4 and July 10) and T-Wolves Gaming (May 15). The club will also take on Pacers Gaming on April 18, who Pistons GT completed the first-ever trade in league history with this offseason.
The weekly matchups during the regular season will determine playoff seeding, while the three tournaments offer prize pools and in the final tournament, THE TICKET, one guaranteed spot in the playoffs will also be handed to the winner. The league will offer $1.2 million in prize money throughout the 2019 season, with the largest prize pool reserved for the 2019 NBA 2K League Champions.
Pistons GT finished the inaugural season of NBA 2K League with the third-best record, 9-5, to clinch its first-ever playoff berth and is one of 21 franchises participating in the league in 2019. The club 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 esports industry is expected to grow to more than $900 million in revenue this year and $1.4 billion by 2020, while the audience for esports is expected to reach 557 million by 2021, including 250 million dedicated enthusiasts and 307 million occasional viewers.