The tournament will be a head-to-head competition of online and offline events and will take place from October 2019 through February 2020.
“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.”
“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.”
“We are thrilled to be working with these partners in creating this milestone event in gaming,” said Josh Goodstadt, EVP of Licensing for the NBPI, the commercial arm of the NBPA. “Our players come from all over the world and this is a unique experience which will allow fans from every corner of the globe to engage and compete with them through NBA 2K.”
From October 2019 to November 2019, NBA 2K20 players will compete in 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.
The regional finals will be held at ESL Studious in Los Angeles, Paris and Sydney where winners will receive $15,000 and other prizes from the NBA and 2K.
The global finals will be held at the ESL Studios in Los Angeles, where eight finalists will battle it out to become the first-ever NBA 2K Global Champion. The winner will receive $100,000 in prizes.