NBA 2K League releases tournament schedule for “The Tipoff”

NEW YORK – 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.  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.

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“THE TIPOFF” Schedule:

Tuesday, May 1          5-11 p.m. ET
(Group A)

Home                                      Away

Pistons GT                              Bucks Gaming

Kings Guard Gaming            Cavs Legion GC

Cavs Legion GC                     Bucks Gaming

Kings Guard Gaming            Pistons GT

Bucks Gaming                        Kings Guard Gaming

Pistons GT                              Cavs Legion GC

Wednesday, May 2          5-11 p.m. ET
(Group B)

Home                                      Away

Wizards District Gaming        Jazz Gaming

Knicks Gaming                        Warriors Gaming Squad

Warriors Gaming Squad         Jazz Gaming

Knicks Gaming                        Wizards District Gaming

Jazz Gaming                             Knicks Gaming

Wizards District Gaming        Warriors Gaming Squad

Thursday, May 3          3-11 p.m. ET
(Group C/D)

Home                                      Away

Magic Gaming                        Raptors Uprising GC

Blazer5 Gaming                      76ers GC

76ers GC                                 Raptors Uprising GC

Blazer5 Gaming                      Magic Gaming

Raptors Uprising GC              Blazer5 Gaming

Magic Gaming                        76ers GC

Group D Matches Begin

Heat Check Gaming               Mavs Gaming

Celtics Crossover Gaming      Grizz Gaming

Friday, May 4          3-11 p.m. ET
(Group D)

Home                                      Away

Pacers Gaming                        Celtics Crossover Gaming

Heat Check Gaming                Grizz Gaming

Mavs Gaming                           Pacers Gaming

Pacers Gaming                        Heat Check Gaming

Mavs Gaming                          Celtics Crossover Gaming

Grizz Gaming                           Pacers Gaming

Celtics Crossover Gaming      Heat Check Gaming

Grizz Gaming                           Mavs Gaming

Saturday, May 5 (Playoff Rounds)          1-8 p.m. ET                                                                 

Quarterfinals 1 (Group A Winner vs. Group B Runner-Up)

Quarterfinals 2 (Group C Winner vs. Group D Runner-Up)

Quarterfinals 3 (Group B Winner vs. Group A Runner-Up)

Quarterfinals 4 (Group D Winner vs. Group C Runner-Up)

Semifinals (Quarterfinals 1 Winner vs. Quarterfinals 2 Winner)

Semifinals (Quarterfinals 3 Winner vs. Quarterfinals 4 Winner)



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