NBA 2K League releases tournament schedule for “THE TIPOFF”
Grizz Gaming Begins Pool Play Thursday, May 3 at 9 p.m. CT
The NBA 2K League today announced its game schedule for “THE TIPOFF,” the season’s first tournament, with competition running from May 1-5. Streamed live on Twitch, “THE TIPOFF” will officially begin the 15-week regular season, which features both weekly games and tournaments, and concludes with the NBA 2K League Playoffs and Finals in August. All competition will take place at the NBA 2K League Studio Powered by Intel in New York City.
The tournament will consist of pool play from May 1-4, with the top eight teams advancing to playoff rounds taking place on May 5. Grizz Gaming will compete in Group D with Celtics Crossover Gaming, Heat Check Gaming, Mavs Gaming and Pacers Gaming.
The final four teams will walk away with a piece of the $100,000 prize pool (first place – $35,000; second place – $25,000; third and fourth place – $10,000). The winner of each pool play group will also take home $5,000.
“THE TIPOFF” is the first of three tournaments that will be played throughout the season. Each team that wins a tournament will take home a coveted steel champion banner – with the goal of collecting all three banners that link together to form THE BANNER CHAIN.
The remainder of the regular season schedule will be announced at a later date.
Grizz Gaming Pool Play Schedule
|Thursday, May 3||Celtics Crossover Gaming||9 p.m. CT|
|Friday, May 4||Heat Check Gaming||3 p.m. CT|
|Friday, May 4||Pacers Gaming||7 p.m. CT|
|Friday, May 4||Mavs Gaming||9 p.m. CT|
Playoff Rounds (Saturday, May 5)
|Quarterfinal 1 (Group A Winner vs. Group B Runner-Up)||Noon CT|
|Quarterfinal 2 (Group C Winner vs. Group D Runner-Up)||1 p.m. CT|
|Quarterfinal 3 (Group B Winner vs. Group A Runner-Up)||2 p.m. CT|
|Quarterfinal 4 (Group D Winner vs. Group C Runner-Up)||3 p.m. CT|
|Semifinals (Quarterfinal 1 vs. Quarterfinal 2)||4 p.m. CT|
|Semifinals (Quarterfinal 3 vs. Quarterfinal 4)||5 p.m. CT|
|Finals||6 p.m. CT|
About the NBA 2K League
The NBA 2K League is a professional esports league co-founded by the NBA and Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTWO). Launching in 2018, the league will feature the best 102 NBA 2K players in the world. Each of the league’s 17 teams drafted six players to compete as unique characters in 5-on-5 play against the other teams in a mix of regular-season games, tournaments and playoffs. The league hosted tryouts in early 2018 before the draft in April and the season tip-off in May. For more information about the NBA 2K League, visit NBA2KLeague.com.