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2K Announces Inaugural NBA 2K20 Global Championship

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More than $100,000 available in prizes for aspiring NBA 2K players worldwide

 

2K is excited to announce it is partnering with the National Basketball Association (NBA), National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), and ESL, the world’s largest esports company, to create the NBA 2K20 Global Championship. Featuring more than $100,000 in prizes, the NBA 2K20 Global Championship is a new competitive tournament designed for aspiring NBA 2K20 players worldwide. The global tournament will feature head-to-head competition in a series of online and offline events that will take place from October 2019 to February 2020, culminating in a final event in the United States to crown the first-ever NBA 2K20 global champion. Registration is open at www.nba2kgc.com.

“We’re excited to partner with the NBA, NBPA and ESL to create this first-of-its-kind tournament for NBA 2K,” said Jason Argent, Senior Vice President of Basketball Operations at 2K. “For anyone who is interested to test how their skills match up on a global scale, we encourage you to register and see if you truly have what it takes to become the best head-to-head player in the world.”

“The global scale of the tournament reflects the incredible growth of basketball around the world,” said Matthew Holt, NBA Senior Vice President, Consumer Products & Gaming Partnerships. “The NBA 2K20 Global Championship offers a chance for anyone in the world to compete.”

“We are thrilled to be working with these partners in creating this milestone event in gaming,” said Josh Goodstadt, EVP of Licensing for the NBPI, the commercial arm of the NBPA. “Our players come from all over the world and this is a unique experience which will allow fans from every corner of the globe to engage and compete with them through NBA 2K.”

From October to November 2019, aspiring NBA 2K20 players will compete in local online qualifiers in the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific regions that will lead to online playoffs, which will determine who advances to the regional finals. Regional finals will be held as live events at the ESL studios in Los Angeles, Paris and Sydney, where each winner will receive $15,000 and other prizes from the NBA and 2K.

The Global Finals will be held on February 22, 2020 at the ESL studio in Los Angeles, where eight finalists will compete to determine who will be crowned the first-ever global champion. The winner of the NBA 2K20 Global Championship will receive $100,000 in prizes.

For official rules, please visit www.nba2kgc.com.

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Haval and Virtus.pro announce partnership

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Cutting-edge automotive brand enters the esports territory

Haval has become the exclusive automotive sponsor of the most decorated esports club of Russia and CIS – Virtus.pro. The first of its kind massive-scale partnership is aimed at the first esports club’s Dota 2 roster.

Automotive brand Haval and professional esports club Virtus.pro announce the beginning of the partnership starting on 1 July 2020. Haval will support Virtus.pro players in the official professional games in Dota 2, multiplayer online videogame. This marks the esports debut of the cutting-edge automotive brand Haval – an entry to one of the most rapidly developing contemporary sports.

Jerome Saigot, CEO of “Haval Motor Rus”: “Haval brand is founded on the state-of-the-art technologies. As devotion to innovation spans across all our ventures, we are excited to announce the beginning of our partnership with such a renowned esports collective like Virtus.pro. We share the same ideas when it comes to self-improvement and love of discovery. We hope to see memorable tournaments ahead – and, of course, well-deserved victories.”

Sergey Glamazda, Virtus.pro General Manager: “Esports fans are the youth who value cutting-edge tech and high emotions, and as such, there’s no doubt Haval will easily create a link with the gaming community. Our club, Virtus.pro, is beloved by the Russian community and respected in China, which makes this partnership a logical step towards mutual benefit. We are happy to see Virtus.pro be the first pick for the global automobile brand Haval’s esports debut!”

LLC “Haval Motor Rus” is the exclusive distributor of Haval cars and spare parts in the Russian Federation. The company has been operating since February 2014, the first official Haval dealership was opened in Moscow in June 2015. Currently, 83 dealerships Russia and 1 dealership is opened in Minsk, Belarus.

The Russian Haval plant is the first foreign full-cycle production enterprise. A 216-hectare plant is located on the territory of the “Uzlovaya” Industrial Park in the Tula Region and was opened on June 5, 2019. The production complex includes a stamping, welding, painting and assembly workshop, as well as a component manufacturing workshop. The plant was designed with modern engineering solutions in the field of environmental protection, energy conservation and safety. Currently, these models are produced at the plant – Haval F7 and Haval F7x smart crossovers, Haval H5 and the HAVAL H9 frame SUV.

ESforce Holding is one of the biggest esports organizations in the world and the leader of the Russian esports. The holding encapsulates all esports business sectors: from organizing international tournaments and creating professional content to publishing and advertising.

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Epic Esports Events ranked 15th among the 50 best event companies in the world by Global Eventex Awards

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Tournament organizer Epis Esports Events took the 15th place in the international rating by Global Eventex Awards. Every year, the organizers of the professional award in the field of event management select the top 50 best organizers and agencies: the Eventex index is a list of companies, places in which are determined by the total number of points for awards won at the Global Eventex Awards over three years.

Tournament operator Epic Esports Events and the EPICENTER Major 2019 tournament were awarded Gold, Silver, and Bronze prizes at the 10th-anniversary edition of Eventex Awards 2020. EPICENTER organizers won prizes in 5 categories:

  • Gold in the “Russian Event” and “Brand Experience – Leisure” categories;

  • Silver in the “Esports Event” category, second only to The International 2019;

  • Bronze in the “Event Team” and “People’s Choice Agency/Team” categories — in the latter, the decision was made not by the jury, but by open voting, which was attended by 5,300 people from all over the world.

A year earlier, EPICENTER XL won first place in the “Russian Event” category.

A full list of the top 50 event organizers and agencies can be found here: eventex.co/index/

 

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Getty Images To Be Dedicated In-Game esports Photographers for FIA Certified Gran Turismo Championships

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Getty Images to serve as the Exclusive Photographic Agency of Gran Turismo’s global lineup of esport events

Getty Images, a world leader in visual communications, and Polyphony Digital Inc., creator of the Gran Turismo franchise, have today announced a deal that will see Getty Images’ world-class motorsport specialist photographers capturing stunning in-game photography from Gran Turismo’s online and live World Tour events. Getty Images will serve as the exclusive Photographic Agency of the FIA Certified Gran Turismo Championships.

The new service was debuted during the 2019 season. Getty Images used its expertise in photographing live racing to deliver imagery from inside the digital realm of the Gran Turismo game at Gran Turismo World Tour events at the Nürburgring, New YorkSalzburgTokyo and Sydney and last year’s World Finals in Monaco in November 2019.

The 2020 FIA Gran Turismo Championships recommenced on April 25th with the first round of Stage 1 of the online season for both the Nations Cup and Manufacturer Series. The Top 16 Superstars broadcasts feature the best of the racing action from the top competitors in both the Nations Cup and Manufacturer Series.

By harnessing Getty Images’ global distribution, this partnership aims to bridge the gap between two worlds -virtual and real- to showcase the beauty and exhilaration of simulated racing to a wider global audience. As esports and its surrounding ecosystem continues to see exponential growth and with brands and media around the world catering to a growing community of esports fans and players, Getty Images is once again innovating through visual content and leading the way in sport photography.

“This partnership with Polyphony Digital signifies the next phase of sport photography and the true growth that is occurring across the esports landscape,” said Getty Images Global Head of Content Ken Mainardis. “Getty Images has long been at the forefront of innovating through its sport photography and by creating in-game imagery with expert motorsport photographers, Getty Images is staying ahead of the curve to deliver premium esports content to our customers around the world.”

As the exclusive Photographic Agency of the FIA Certified Gran Turismo Championships, Getty Images will distribute innovative still imagery. Esports sponsors and suppliers will benefit from the agreed rights and access to Gran Turismo content while ensuring media can continue to access editorial coverage via Getty Images.

 

SOURCE press.gettyimages.com

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