NEW YORK – The NBA 2K League announced today the game schedule for its third and final tournament of the season, “THE TICKET,” scheduled for July 12-14. Streaming live on Twitch, all games take place from the NBA 2K League Studio Powered by Intel in New York City.
The single-elimination tournament begins on Thursday, July 12 at 6 p.m. with a play-in game for the 16th and 17th seeds, which will be followed by games featuring the 1st -15th seeds and winner of the play-in game. Overall, the tournament will feature five games on Thursday, four games on Friday and seven games on Saturday, culminating in the championship game at 7 p.m. ET. Seeding was determined by a team’s performance during the four weeks of regular-season games preceding “THE TICKET.”
The winner of “THE TICKET” will be guaranteed a playoff spot. In addition, the winning team will receive half of the $150,000 prize pool, with the remainder being awarded to the second to eighth place teams (first place – $75,600; second place – $24,800; third and fourth place – $12,800; fifth-eighth place – $6,000).
In addition to a playoff berth and prize money, the winner will acquire a coveted steel champion banner – with the goal of collecting all three banners that link together to form THE BANNER CHAIN. 76ers GC and Blazer5 Gaming each have a portion of THE BANNER CHAIN by winning the THE TIPOFF and THE TURN, respectively.
Following THE TICKET, there will be four weeks of regular season remaining for teams to secure their place in the postseason before playoffs begin on Aug. 17. The playoffs run for two weeks, and the seven teams with the best regular-season records and the winner of the final tournament are guaranteed playoff spots. If the tournament winner has one of the league’s top eight records, then the top eight teams will make the playoffs.
Thursday, July 12 Home Away
6 p.m. (Play-in Game) Warriors Gaming Squad Kings Guard Gaming
7 p.m. Celtics Crossover Gaming Grizz Gaming
8 p.m. 76ers GC Bucks Gaming
9 p.m. Heat Check Gaming Wizards District Gaming
10 p.m. Cavs Legion GC Magic Gaming
Friday, July 13 Home Away
6 p.m. Raptors Uprising GC Knicks Gaming
7 p.m. Pacers Gaming Mavs Gaming
8 p.m. Pistons GT Jazz Gaming
9 p.m. Blazer5 Gaming Winner of Play-in Game
Saturday, July 14
11 a.m. Quarterfinal 1 (Winner of Thursday 9 p.m. vs. Winner of Friday 6 p.m.)
12 p.m. Quarterfinal 2 (Winner of Thursday 8 p.m. vs. Winner of Friday 8 p.m.)
1 p.m. Quarterfinal 3 (Winner of Thursday 10 p.m. vs. Winner of Friday 7 p.m.)
2 p.m. Quarterfinal 4 (Winner of Thursday 7 p.m. vs. Winner of Friday 9 p.m.)
5 p.m. Semifinals (Winner of 11 a.m. vs Winner of 1 p.m.)
6 p.m. Semifinals (Winner of 12 p.m. vs Winner of 2 p.m.)
7 p.m. Finals
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.