NEW YORK – The NBA 2K League today announced that THE TURN powered by AT&T, the league’s second tournament of the season, will take place Thursday, May 9 through Saturday, May 11 at HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas at Luxor Hotel and Casino, marking the first time NBA 2K League games will be held outside of the NBA 2K League Studio Powered by Intel in New York City. All games will be livestreamed on Twitch and YouTube.
Fans can attend THE TURN at HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas, Allied Esports’ flagship venue located at Luxor, by purchasing single-day tickets for $20 or a full three-day tournament package for $30, on sale now here. The complete game schedule for THE TURN is available here.
“The atmosphere in the NBA 2K League Studio during games is electric,” said NBA 2K League Managing Director Brendan Donohue. “We are thrilled to bring the best NBA 2K players in the world and that studio experience to our fans in Las Vegas.”
Jud Hannigan, CEO of Allied Esports said, “HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas was created to amplify the inherent excitement and drama of live esports events, and it’s the perfect venue to host the NBA 2K League’s first experience outside of New York. Las Vegas continues to build momentum as a global esports championship destination, and we look forward to hosting THE TURN and working with the NBA 2K League on future events at our arena.”
THE TURN will be a 20-game, single-elimination tournament played over the course of three days. The tournament will feature all 21 teams and will begin with five play-in games that will lead to a 16-team, single-elimination tournament. Seeding for the tournament will be determined by each team’s record during the four regular-season weeks that precede the tournament. The schedule for games is below.
To create excitement and compelling action, for the first time the NBA 2K League will introduce an “Archetype Ban” concept for the 2019 edition of THE TURN. An archetype is a preset combination of attributes and skills, and players can choose between five different archetypes per position. Prior to every game of the tournament, each team will determine one archetype that cannot be used in the game by either team. The designated home team will make its selection followed by the designated away team. After the selections are made, teams will submit their rosters before the game. More information on NBA 2K League archetypes is available here.
All 21 teams will be competing for a prize pool of $180,000. The winner of THE TURN will earn over half of the prize pool, with the remainder being awarded to the second to eighth place teams (first place – $90,720; second place – $29,760; third and fourth place – $15,360 each; fifth-eighth place – $7,200 each). In addition to prize money, each team that wins a tournament (THE TIPOFF, THE TURN, THE TICKET) takes home a champion banner – with the goal of collecting all three banners that link together to form THE BANNER CHAIN powered by AT&T. With their victory at THE TIPOFF on April 6, 76ers GC took home the first portion of THE BANNER CHAIN.
About the NBA 2K League
The NBA 2K League, a professional esports league co-founded by the NBA and Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTWO), launched in 2018 and features the best NBA 2K players in the world. Each of the league’s 21 teams features six players who compete as unique characters in 5-on-5 play against the other teams in a mix of regular-season games, tournaments and playoffs. Knicks Gaming won the first-ever NBA 2K League Finals on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018. The league’s second season takes place from April-August 2019. For more information about the NBA 2K League, visit NBA2KLeague.com.
About Allied Esports
Named to Fast Company’s World’s Most Innovative Companies list for 2019, Allied Esports is a premier esports entertainment company with a global network of dedicated esports properties and content production facilities. Its mission is to connect players, streamers and fans via integrated arenas and mobile esports trucks around the world that serve as both gaming battlegrounds and every day content generation hubs. Allied Esports is a subsidiary of Ourgame International (SEHK:899), owner of WPT Enterprises, Inc., the operator of The World Poker Tour®. Ourgame has entered into an agreement with Black Ridge Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ: BRAC) to combine, and once all applicable shareholder and regulatory consents have been obtained, and the other conditions to closing have been satisfied, Allied Esports and the World Poker Tour to form Allied Esports Entertainment, Inc.
Through direct operation and affiliate relationships via the Allied Esports Property Network, the first esports venue affiliate program available to partners looking to open new esports facilities around the world, Allied Esports locations currently include 11 properties in the top three esports markets across the globe: North America’s HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas, HyperX Esports Truck “Big Meta,” Esports Arena Orange County and Esports Arena Oakland; Europe’s HyperX Esports Truck “Big Betty” and HyperX Esports Studio in Hamburg, Germany; and China’s Lianmeng Dianjing in Beijing, Lianmeng Dianjing SEG Arena in Shenzhen, Lianmeng Dianjing Tianjin Arena, Lianmeng Dianjing Gui’an Arena and Lianmeng Dianjing LGD Gaming Hangzhou Arena. The Allied Esports Property Network’s 12th property, run by Fortress Esports, is expected to open in Melbourne, Australia in 2019. For more information about Allied Esports visit AlliedEsports.gg and follow @AlliedEsports.
About Luxor Hotel and Casino
One of the most iconic hotels on The Strip, the Luxor pyramid invites curiosity while the inside rewards visitors with equal parts excitement and intrigue. The resort features a wide variety of entertainment including Blue Man Group, the hilarious comedy of Carrot Top, the provocative adult revue FANTASY and the ultimate competition gaming and entertainment venue HyperX Esports Arena. Combined with the 120,000-square-foot gaming area and eclectic restaurants, Luxor is an unparalleled travel destination. Luxor is owned by MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM). For more information and reservations, visit luxor.com, call toll free at (877) 386-4658 or find us on Facebook and Twitter.