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Wizards District Gaming wins top pick in 2020 NBA 2K League Draft

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The NBA 2K League announced today that Wizards District Gaming won the NBA 2K League Draft Lottery and will have the first overall pick in the 2020 NBA 2K League Draft.  Knicks Gaming will have the second overall pick, and Hawks Talon GC will have the third overall pick.

The NBA 2K League Draft Lottery was conducted today at the National Basketball Association (NBA) office in New York City.  Click here for the complete 2020 NBA 2K League Draft order, which is subject to change based on trades and additional player retainment.  The date of the draft will be announced in the coming months.

Additionally, Hornets Venom GT, the NBA 2K League affiliate of the Charlotte Hornets, won the NBA 2K League Expansion Draft Lottery, which was also conducted today at the NBA office in New York City.  Hornets Venom GT will have the first and fourth overall picks in the 2019 NBA 2K League Expansion Draft.  Gen.G will have the second and third overall picks in the expansion draft.

During the expansion draft, which will be held Friday, Oct. 18, the two expansion teams can each select up to three players from the non-protected player pool.  The expansion draft will consist of three rounds, with each team’s third-round pick being optional.  Expansion teams have the option of selecting a third player in the expansion draft if they forgo their second-round pick in the 2020 NBA 2K League Draft.  The expansion draft will be a snake draft, so the pick order will alternate in the second and third rounds (i.e. 1, 2, 2, 1, 1*, 2*).

* indicates optional picks

Today’s two draft lotteries were conducted by drawing ping-pong balls in random order from the official ball machine that is used for the NBA Draft Lottery.  For complete details on both lotteries, click here.

For more information on NBA 2K League Season 3 roster construction, click here.  Fans can also follow the NBA 2K League on Twitter (NBA2KLeague), Instagram (nba2kleague), Facebook (NBA 2K League), Twitch (NBA2KLeague) and YouTube (NBA 2K League) and visit NBA2KLeague.com.

 

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 23 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.  During the 2019 season, NBA 2K League partners included Anheuser-Busch, AT&T, Champion Athleticwear, Dell, Facebook, HyperX, Intel, New Era, Raynor Gaming, SCUF Gaming, Snickers, Stance, Tencent, Twitch and YouTube.  For more information about the NBA 2K League, visit NBA2KLeague.com.

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Esports Become Official High School Sport in Utah

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Video gaming has become an official high school sport in Utah.

“What we are doing here today in Utah is going to become a national model and show every other state how to do it,” Bob Sorenson of iTEAM USA, one of the groups behind the initiative, said.

State Sen. Daniel Thatcher helped organise the effort, spearheaded by iTEAM USA and PlayVS, to give students a chance at what is quickly becoming a cutting edge sport.

“It will open up more opportunities for our students. What I want the kids to know is there is a career in this,” Joel Marquez, a computer science education specialist with the Utah Department of Education, said.

“Students are the winners. Esports is the gate to I.T. [information technology] and C.S. [computer science]. It gives students a connection and a different view of tech,” Sorenson said.

Organisers believe it will help prepare students to join the workforce in many ways.

“There is a stigma with gamers. An anti-social stigma. I’ve seen 250 students come together of all different genres and become friends and have fun doing this. That created a place of belonging for them,” Marquez said.

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EPICENTER Major 2019 became the Best sports event of the year by bema! awards

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EPICENTER Major 2019 series became the winner of Best Experience Marketing Awards 2020, the professional award in marketing and integrated communications for events. The organizer, Epic Esports Events (a member of ESforce Holding), took the first places in both nominations “Best sports event” and “Best hybrid event” (an event where offline is combined with digital). The tournament also won silver in the nomination “Best video game industry event”.

Evgeny Kalganov, Event Director, Epic Esports Events:

“It is great to see our efforts approved by the leading experts of Russia. EPICENTER Major 2019 exceeded even our expectations! Huge thanks to our team for their hard work and immense dedication. It is a challenge to beat the bar you set yourself, but we will achieve even greater results with the next events of the EPICENTER series.”

The expert jury of bema! award has evaluated 420 projects in three macro-categories: B2B, B2C, and B2I. 150 best projects have advanced to the finals after collecting the maximum amount of points in their respective categories. Ultimately, the expert jury has chosen the three best projects in every nomination.

The full list of award winners is available on the bema! official website.

 

Epic Esports Events specializes in hosting international competitions and is the organizer of the EPICENTER tournament series in Dota 2 and CS:GO in Moscow and Saint Petersburg throughout 2016-2019. The award-winning EPICENTER series gathers tens of millions of viewers all over the globe, its quality appraised by prestigious awards such as EUBEA, Eventex, MarSpo, BISPO, and Sport Leaders Awards.

 

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WePlay! Mad Moon Schedule

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The official schedule of WePlay! Dota 2 Tug of War: Mad Moon.

WePlay! Dota 2 Tug of War: Mad Moon with a prize pool of $300,000 will take place on February 19 – 23, 2020.

We are excited to announce the official schedule of WePlay! Mad Moon (in CET).

Wednesday (19 February)

  • 12:00 — Pre-show
  • 13:00 — Initial Matches (Bo3)

– Team Secret vs. B8
– Gambit Esports vs. Infamous Gaming
– Virtus.pro vs. Aggressive Mode
– Ninjas in Pyjamas vs. Team Nigma

  • 16:00 Winner’s Match for (Group A) / Elimination Match (Group B) (Bo3)
  • 19:00 Winner’s Match for (Group B) / Elimination Match (Group A) (Bo3)

Thursday (20 February)

  • 12:00 — Pre-show
  • 13:00 — Group A Decider (Bo1)
  • 14:30 — Group B Decider (Bo1)
  • 16:00 — Upper-Bracket Round 1 (Group A 2nd vs. Group B 3rd) (Bo3)
  • 19:00 — Upper-Bracket Round 2 (previous match winner vs. Group B 1st) (Bo3)

Friday (21 February)

  • 12:00 — Pre-show
  • 13:00 — Upper-Bracket Round 1 (Group A 3rd vs. Group B 2nd) (Bo3)
  • 16:00 — Lower-Bracket Round 1 (#1) (Bo3)
  • 19:00 — Upper-Bracket Round 2 (#2) (Bo3)

Saturday (22 February)

  • 12:00 — Pre-show
  • 13:00 — Lower-Bracket Round 1 (#2) (Bo3)
  • 16:00 — Lower-Bracket Round 2 (Bo3)
  • 19:00 — Upper-Bracket Finals (Bo3)

Sunday (23 February)

  • 13:00 — Pre Show
  • 14:00 — Lower-Bracket Finals (Bo3)
  • 18:00 — Grand-Finals (Bo5)
  • 22:00 — Closing Ceremony

On February 20 – 23, the teams will fight in front of a live audience at concert hall VDNG (9th pavilion). Tickets are available for free on the tournament page.

#MadMoon, #WePlayDota2

Source: WePlay! Esports Press Office

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