DETROIT – The Pistons Gaming Team is set to compete in the 2020 NBA 2K League “THE TIPOFF” Tournament powered by AT&T this upcoming week. The club opens play with four consecutive games on Tuesday, June 16 beginning at 6 p.m. with two matchups each against two-time defending tournament champion 76ers GC and NetsGC in the group stage.
The first of three in-season tournaments, THE TIPOFF is a four-day tournament (Tuesday, June 16 – Friday, June 19) that consists of each team playing four games in pool play to determine the eight teams that will advance to the playoffs on June 18-19. All 23 NBA 2K League teams are split into seven groups for pool play, as Pistons GT is in Group 1 along with 76ers GC and Nets GC. Each matchup in the playoff rounds will be played in a best-of-three format.
All NBA 2K League teams will participate in the tournament remotely from their local markets for a total prize pool of $160,000. The full tournament will air live on ESPN2, ESPN’s digital platforms and the NBA 2K League’s Twitch and YouTube channels. In Canada, Sportsnet will broadcast games on Tuesday, June 16 from 6-9 p.m. ET. Games will also air on delay on eGG Network in Southeast Asia.
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).
Below is the Pistons GT schedule for pool play in the 2020 NBA 2K League “THE TIPOFF” Tournament:
June 16 vs. 76ers GC 6 p.m. ET
June 16 vs. 76ers GC 7 p.m. ET
June 16 vs. NetsGC 8 p.m. ET
June 16 vs. NetsGC 9 p.m. ET
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.