Frequently asked questions
What is Grizz Gaming?
Grizz Gaming is the esports team of the Memphis Grizzlies that will compete in the upcoming NBA 2K League.
Wait a second, what are esports?
The simplest way to explain this is that esports is people competing at video games. There are hundreds of millions of esports fans around the world, and the best esports players earn seven-figure salaries and have millions of followers. The League of Legends Finals had over 40 million viewers. You may not be familiar with esports, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t a big deal.
OK, but what is NBA 2K?
NBA 2K, which is widely known as just 2K, is an NBA basketball simulation video game series published by 2K Sports. It is the highest-rated and best-selling sports title of the current console generation among U.S. sports leagues.
Hang on, just how popular is this game?
Last year’s edition, NBA 2K17, sold over 9 million copies. There are about 1.6 million people who play 2K every day. That’s a lot of people!
So what is the NBA 2K League?
The NBA 2K League is an esports league that will find the 85 best 2K players in the world, assign them to the 17 different teams owned and operated by different NBA franchises, and then pit them against each other in both a regular season format and special tournaments. And you can watch them compete!
What is your PIN code?
Nope, not telling.
How can I play in the NBA 2K League?
We get this question a lot! The Managing Director of the NBA 2K League, Brendan Donohue, laid out a bunch of this information in a recent AMA on Reddit. The most important things to know is that the clock starts ticking on January 1, 2018. You have one month, and by January 31, 2018, you need to have completed an online application and win 50 games in NBA 2K18’s Pro-Am mode. There are other important wrinkles (you need to be 18 years old!) but those are the main things to know about the January qualifying period.
Is the earth flat?
What happens if I qualify in the January period?
That hasn’t been announced yet. Stay tuned... and in the meantime keep practicing!
How will Grizz Gaming select its players?
The General Manager of the Grizz Gaming squad will pick five players in the inaugural NBA 2K League Draft, when that rolls around in 2018. Those players will comprise the Grizz Gaming team.
Will these players be from Memphis?
We don’t know! Hopefully some people from the Memphis area are among the best in the world and make the cut. But remember, 2K is a game with a worldwide audience, so there’s a worldwide talent pool and stiff competition.
What is your strategy for drafting players?
Yeah right, like we’re going to tell you that.
Wait, so who is the GM of Grizz Gaming?
Lang Whitaker is the General Manager of Grizz Gaming. Perhaps you are one of the hundreds of people who has been tweeting at him to come watch you or your team practice on Twitch? Lang has been around the NBA and video games for years now, creating hoops-related content for SLAM, GQ, NBA.com and NBA TV. He also contributes to Grind City Media, writing about everything from the NBA to college football to eggnog.
Once you draft these players, what will happen?
They will move to Memphis, a.k.a. Grind City, where we will feed them massive amounts of the world’s best barbecue and give them appropriate levels of caffeine and teach them how to grit and grind together, as a team, which is the Memphis way.
Then the games begin. Each week, Grizz Gaming will compete against a different NBA 2K League team. These games will be broadcast, so you can tune in and grind with us. We’ll definitely let you know where.
What does the Grizz Gaming logo represent?
Grit & grind! We will fight through every competition, just like the Grizzlies have always done.
What is the best team in the NBA 2K League?
We may be biased, but we’ll go with Grizz Gaming.