2K is shoring up the competitive opportunities for NBA 2K20, announcing – in partnership with the NBA, the National Basketball Players Association and ESL – the NBA 2K20 Global Championship. Dangling than $100,000 in prizes, the event is designed for aspiring NBA 2K20 players worldwide and 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 slate ends with a final event in the United States to crown the first-ever NBA 2K20 global champion.
“We’re excited to partner with the NBA, NBPA and ESL to create this first-of-its-kind tournament for NBA 2K,” said Jason Argent, Senior Vice President of Basketball Operations at 2K. “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 to November 2019, aspiring 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, Paris and Sydney, where each winner will receive $15,000 and other prizes from the NBA and 2K.
The Global Finals will take place 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 global scale of the tournament reflects the incredible growth of basketball around the world,” said Matthew Holt, NBA Senior Vice President, Consumer Products & Gaming Partnerships. “The NBA 2K20 Global Championship offers a chance for anyone in the world to compete.”