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NBA 2K LEAGUE DRAFT TO TAKE PLACE IN ORLANDO JANUARY 11

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Wizards District Gaming Has First Overall Pick; Three-Round Draft Will Be Livestreamed at 7 p.m. ET on the NBA 2K League’s Twitch and YouTube Channels –

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.

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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.

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SIS and bet365 expand H2H Global Gaming League™ presence in US with esports products now live in Ohio and Arizona

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SIS Content Services, part of the SIS Group (Sports Information Services), has further expanded its United States footprint with bet365 offering its H2H Global Gaming League™ (H2HGGGL) eBasketball and eSoccer games in Ohio and Arizona.

After bet365 successfully launched H2HGGL eBasketball in New Jersey in late 2022, the product has since gone live in Colorado, Kentucky and, most recently, Ohio and Arizona. The product set has further expanded through the launch of eSoccer games, with bettors now enjoying the full range of industry-leading H2HGGL esports content.

Developed specifically for betting, SIS produces over 150,000 H2HGGL events annually, providing a full end-to-end solution with integrity at its core.

The short-form, events-based esports product, which sees professional gamers compete in eBasketball and eSoccer games from SIS’ self-contained UK studios, is proven to deliver superior margins around the clock, adding as much as 10% in value in the basketball and soccer verticals on sportsbook platforms.

The products feature ultra-low (sub-second) latency live streaming, visible ESIC-trained integrity referees for every game, live caster commentary, and on-screen graphics.

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Richard Ames, Chief Executive, SIS, and President, SIS Content Services, said: “We are rapidly expanding the presence of our H2H Global Gaming League™ across the US, which is significantly boosting engagement and margin for our partners. With content live in five states, our relationship with long-term partner bet365 has been further strengthened as we continue to assist them with growth in the region.”

Michele Fischer, Vice President, SIS Content Services, said: “We are thrilled that our esports products are now live in Ohio and Arizona. Both states have significant fan engagement in professional and college sports, and the H2H Global Gaming League™ has already shown to have positive appeal to the bet365 customer base.”

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HAWKS TALON GC ELIMINATED FROM THE TICKET, ENDS 2024 SEASON

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Hawks Talon GC, the official NBA 2K League affiliate of the Atlanta Hawks, were eliminated from the TICKET on Tuesday night after falling to the No. 5 Nets GC 88-79, ending their 2024 season.

Talon entered the last chance tournament as the No. 4 seed, amassing 60 points over the TIPOFF and TURN 5v5 tournaments.

“Ending the season in the TICKET is always a tough way to go out, but there are a ton of things we can take away,” said Hawks Talon Head Coach Ismael ‘MAELO’ Diaz Tolentino. “The way Bait, Duck, Low, and E all meshed with MDS in their first year with us is something to be proud of. Our guys fought throughout both threes and fives all season, and all of them should keep their heads up going into next year.”

Talon finished 3v3 gameplay with a 7-9 record over group and bracket play, including a 4-4 record in bracket play, and finished the 5v5 season with a 6-6 record over the TIPOFF and TURN.

During the 3v3 SLAM tournament, Talon finished as one of the top six teams, starting out 3-0 in bracket play and earning $8,000 from the prize pool.

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Mark David “MDS” Smith led the Talon in scoring throughout the 5v5 season, averaging 28.0 points and 7.1 assists in 12 games. During the week of May 27-June 2, MDS earned Player of the Week honors behind a 60-point performance against Celtics Crossover Gaming, breaking the franchise record for most points in a game and the fifth most in NBA 2K League history. He also became only the second player in franchise history to win Player of the Week.

Ludlow “LOW” Samuels averaged a double-double, collecting a team-high 10.4 rebounds to go along with 13.5 points throughout the 5v5 season while Christopher “Duck” Charles dished out a team-high 9.5 assists.

Talon newcomer Elijah “Underratedgoat” Spears netted 12.3 points, while rookie Tyler “Baitpickk” Montague collected 6.9 points and 3.7 rebounds per game.

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HAWKS TALON GC SET FOR THE TICKET ON JUNE 18 FOR CHANCE TO ENTER NBA 2K LEAGUE 5V5 PLAYOFFS

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Hawks Talon GC first game of THE TICKET will be Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. against Nets GC

Hawks Talon GC, the official NBA 2K League affiliate of the Atlanta Hawks, will begin play in the TICKET on Tuesday night against No. 5 Nets GC at 6:00 p.m.

Like the STEAL during the 3v3 portion of the season, the last-chance, single-elimination 5v5 tournament includes all 15 NBA 2K League teams that did not clinch a spot in the 5v5 playoffs. The final two teams in the TICKET will earn a spot in the 5v5 playoffs beginning June 26, with the winner of the playoffs receiving a winner-take-all cash prize. The full bracket can be found here.

“It’s going to be a really intense tournament,” said Hawks Talon GC point guard Christopher “Duck” Charles. “Every team has their back against the wall fighting to extend the season, but we’re equipped and have the right talent and roster to go out and win these types of games.”

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Hawks Talon finished 6-6 and collected 60 points through the TIPOFF and TURN, earning 30 points in the TIPOFF and 30 points in the TURN to earn the No. 4 seed heading into the TICKET.

Should the Talon win their first game, they would play the winner of No. 1 Knicks Gaming and No. 8 Hornets Venom GT the same night at 8:00 p.m. If the Talon win both games, they will advance to the final day of the TICKET on June 22, which will be on stage at District E Gaming in Washington, D.C. All games can be followed on the NBA 2K League’s Twitch and YouTube channels.

To stay up to date on Hawks Talon Gaming Club, visit HawksTalonGC.gg and follow the team’s social channels on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

 

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