The 2024 NBA 2K League Draft will take place in Orlando at Full Sail University’s state-of-the-art on-campus performance center, Full Sail Live, on Thursday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. ET, and will air on the NBA 2K League’s Twitch and YouTube channels, the league announced today. The event will feature appearances by Draft prospects, returning NBA 2K League players, social media influencers, and celebrities. Fans interested in attending can register for tickets here.
“The NBA 2K League Draft represents the beginning of a new chapter each year for our league, teams and players,” said NBA 2K League CEO Andrew Perlmutter. “Over our six seasons, the league has hosted events globally and we’re thrilled to return to Full Sail University and share this exciting edition of the Draft with their students and local Orlando fans.”
The draft pool will include players who qualified from the NBA 2K League Become a Pro Series, unretained players from last season, players who earned draft eligibility as part of the NBA 2K League Draft Prospect Series, and select competitors from the NBA 2K League APAC Invitational Presented by Cignal, the NBA 2K League European Invitational and the NBL Oz Gaming Tournament Series. The complete draft pool will be announced at a later date.
Wizards District Gaming will have the first overall pick, T-Wolves Gaming will have the second overall selection, and Pistons GT will have the third overall pick. All 25 NBA 2K League teams will have completed their five-person rosters at the end of the three-round draft. During the offseason, 89 players who competed in the 2023 season were retained by their teams. Meason “Milo” Camille, who played for Pistons GT during the 2021 season, was selected for an NBL Oz Gaming roster spot from the NBL Oz Gaming Tournament Series in October. Additionally, 2022 NBA 2K League MVP Ryan “Dayfri” Conger will return to the league as a player for Mavs Gaming after retiring in 2023. With 91 players already rostered, a total of 34 roster spots will be filled during the draft. For the complete draft order, click here.
The broadcast will feature NBA 2K League CEO Andrew Perlmutter announcing select picks, interviews with draft prospects and other special guests, look‑ins at select “war rooms” where teams will be strategizing and drafting from their respective markets, and clips from NBA 2K League original content series “Draft Hopefuls”. An event centered around celebrating the game of basketball, the Draft will also feature fan-centric activations on-site at Full Sail University, including a barbershop and gaming stations where registered attendees and students can play NBA 2K24 with and against NBA 2K League pros.
The NBA 2K League will announce additional information related to the 2024 season soon, including season structure, schedule and location(s), prize pool, and open qualifier details.
Gen.G and University of Kentucky Bring Back Award Winning Conference “Campus Takeover” Designed to Drive the Future of Collegiate Esports
Global esports and gaming organization Gen.G and the University of Kentucky (UK) are bringing back their award winning collegiate esports industry conference, Campus Takeover, on March 30 and April 6. This two-day event will bring together esports professionals with students and administrators from different universities. UK continues to pave the way as an esports ecosystem leader in the SEC and Midwest region.
Campus Takeover Day 1 is a student-focused event leading up to the professional conference, and will be live-streamed at twitch.tv/universityofky on March 30 starting at 4:30 PM EST. Campus Takeover Day 2, the flagship professional conference, will be hosted at the Don & Cathy Jacobs Science Building on the University of Kentucky campus on April 6, starting at 10:00 AM EST.
“Since we started this event, we had a responsibility to uphold what future students expect of the University of Kentucky when it comes to their budding esports careers. There’s a lot expected about the future of gaming and esports, and we want to make sure our students are well equipped to be that expected change for years to come,” Heath Price, Associate Chief Information Officer at University of Kentucky, said.
Additionally, many esports professionals hailing from different segments of esports business will participate in various panels during Campus Takeover. The panels and discussions will cover a bevy of topics, including how to maximize your time when looking for new jobs, a conversation around esports, influencers, business, and video games, a look at intersectionality in games, and much more. Other clubs and programs will also be welcome to have tables within the Atrium during Campus Takeover, so even newer students get to see everything UK has to offer.
“University of Kentucky has been our long term collegiate partner; their investment in this community allows us to have a small hand in making sure the future of gaming and esports is secure. We all want to see this industry thrive, and we hope Campus Takeover is a stepping stone for other schools to form their own ways to develop the collegiate esports ecosystem,” Martin Kim, Chief Revenue Officer at Gen.G, said.
Campus Takeover was recognized at the 2023 Esports & Gaming Business Summit Tempest Awards, where it won the award for the Collegiate Esports Program of the Year.
ESL FACEIT Group and Znipe Esports reveal FACEIT Watch: A cutting-edge, new digital streaming platform from esports fans for esports fans
Designed for the competitive gaming community and now open to all, FACEIT Watch is created to disrupt the esports content distribution model by putting users in control of their viewing experience.
Designed in collaboration with Znipe Esports, a technical partner, FACEIT Watch marks the first major product launch from FACEIT that moves beyond gameplay by offering its audience a unique streaming experience tailored to the user.
Featuring a unique multi-perspective view selector where users can watch their favorite player’s perspective directly next to the main event stream, it enables esports fans to pause and rewind, with access to killcams and live-generated replays of key moments and adjust the volume of caster and multi-perspective sounds, as well as disable spoilers, letting them personalize how they engage with FACEIT Watch streaming content.
Earlier this year, FACEIT announced its collaboration with Call of Duty 2024 Challengers Season and partnership with Overwatch, that aim to grow the community of competitive gamers and fans on its platform. The launch of FACEIT Watch will provide an unparalleled viewing experience and create a new way for users to connect and enjoy content with friends, bringing fans closer together. By enabling users to watch their favorite players’ perspectives and offering tools that mean they will never miss a play again, FACEIT Watch establishes a new environment where esports enthusiasts can discuss and debate, celebrate victories, and forge lasting connections.
“Our mission at EFG is to create worlds beyond gameplay. FACEIT Watch represents a new chapter for the platform as it moves beyond the ultimate competitive environment to play and provides players multiple ways to engage with their favorite games,” said Warren Leigh, Senior Vice President of Product, Digital Platforms, ESL FACEIT Group. “On the FACEIT platform, we’ve had unparalleled insight into the needs and nuances of this community for over a decade, and, together with Znipe Esports, we’ve designed FACEIT Watch to meet them. We look forward to hearing their feedback after Katowice and continuing to develop and optimize Watch with them.”
Johan Ryman, CEO, Znipe Esports, added: “We are honored and excited about being a part of this initiative from EFG and their commitment towards the esports community and looking forward to our combined efforts to create best in class esports streaming.”
Over 100,000 viewers have tuned in so far on FACEIT Watch during the play-ins of EFG’s flagship event, IEM Katowice, which culminates this weekend and will see the world’s best Counter-Strike 2 teams battle it out for a share of the $1,000,000 prize pool.
FACEIT Watch is now available to all at FACEIT.com. Tune in to see the Grand Final of IEM Katowice on the 11th of February on FACEIT. Watch at 17:00 CET.
PAGODA Snacks Named the New “Official Egg Roll” of Riot Games’ League Championship Series
PAGODA Snacks has entered into a partnership with Riot Games, the company behind the leading global esports property League of Legends.
PAGODA Snacks will be featured as the “Official Egg Roll” of LCS and offer fans the perfect game-time snack through special activations, product drops, and giveaways throughout the LCS season.
The LCS is the preeminent professional North American esport and currently the fourth most-viewed professional sports league in North America for gamers in the 18-34 years-old age demographic. PAGODA Snacks will be integrated throughout LCS’ 2024-26 season events connecting LCS fans with the perfect go-to snacks to refuel.
“We know more time in the kitchen means less time to playing and streaming League of Legends. According to YouGov, approximately 50% of next-gen consumers feel as though their lifestyles do not leave enough time to prepare food. That’s where our craveable and convenient lineup of PAGODA Snacks comes to the rescue. From our crispy egg rolls loaded with freshly cut vegetables and authentic seasoning to our Crab Rangoon filled with real crab meat and cream cheese paired with a sweet chili sauce, we offer quick, easy-to-prepare but still delicious snacks for LCS players and fans to refuel and supercharge their gaming sessions,” Monica Ball, marketing manager for PAGODA Snacks, said.
“We’re thrilled to have PAGODA Snacks join the LCS as our newest partner and further as the ‘Official Egg Roll’ of the League Championship Series. There’s no better food to fuel our fan experience than egg rolls and I know LCS fans will be hyped to add PAGODA Snacks to their go-to snack lineup,” LCS Commissioner Mark Zimmerman said.
As the “Official Egg Roll” of LCS, PAGODA Snacks will be a part of the LCS broadcasts with a “Let Him Cook” segment that will spotlight the best plays and moments of the day from professional players.
Additional PAGODA Snacks broadcast integration will come with the “Put the Egg Rolls In” Tech Pause, where LCS fans will have the perfect opportunity to fuel up and grab a bite to eat.
Throughout the partnership, fans should keep an eye out for additional PAGODA Snacks activations and touchpoints like exclusive drops and promotions so they can celebrate the season with LCS’ “Official Egg Roll”.
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