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NBA 2K LEAGUE TO HOST SECOND ASIA-PACIFIC INVITATIONAL AT NEXON ARENA IN SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA

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Jan. 21 Tournament Will be Livestreamed on the NBA 2K League’s Twitch and YouTube Channels and in China on Tencent; NBA 2K League also Launches Official Weibo Channel –

– Gen.G to Unveil NBA 2K League Team Name and Logo Jan. 20; NBA 2K League to Host NBA 2K League Global Invitation Match feat. Chinese Players from NBA2K Online 2 on Jan. 21 –

The NBA 2K League announced that the 2020 NBA 2K League APAC Invitational, the league’s second international qualifying event in the Asia-Pacific region, will take place Monday, Jan. 20 – Tuesday, Jan. 21 at Nexon Arena in Seoul, South Korea.  The two-day event will identify several elite players from the Asia-Pacific region who will become eligible for the 2020 NBA 2K League Draft*.

The NBA 2K League APAC Invitational will feature 20 of the top NBA 2K players from Australia, China, New Zealand, the Philippines and South Korea competing over two days of gameplay, including scrimmages and a tournament, and participating in interviews with league representatives.  The tournament on Jan. 21 will be livestreamed on the NBA 2K League’s Twitch and YouTube channels and in China on Tencent’s Penguin Esports, Douyu and Huya beginning at 3:30 p.m. local time.

The NBA 2K League also today launched the league’s official Weibo channel in China.  NBA 2K League fans in China can follow along for the latest news, updates and content from the NBA 2K League.

“We’re excited to be holding our second Asia-Pacific invitational in Seoul and that Gen.G will be working with us on the event as part of our strategic relationship to develop elite NBA 2K talent across the Asia-Pacific region,” said NBA 2K League Managing Director Brendan Donohue.  “Last season’s APAC Invitational identified several players who became eligible for the NBA 2K League Draft, and given the talent in the region we fully expect the level of competition to be even greater this year.”

The NBA 2K League identified players for the APAC Invitational through Gen.G’s recent Shanghai Invitational (Gen.G’s first-ever Pro-Am tournament in China that featured 20 of the best Chinese NBA 2K players), the NBA 2K League Combine and historical performances in NBA 2K events.  At the end of the APAC Invitational, a committee comprised of league representatives, select NBA 2K League players and team personnel serving as scouts on the league’s behalf will identify several players who will become eligible for the 2020 NBA 2K League Draft.

As part of the APAC Invitational, on Jan. 20 Gen.G CEO Chris Park will unveil Gen.G’s NBA 2K League team name, logo and social media channels.  On Jan. 21 the NBA 2K League will host the NBA 2K League Global Invitation Match, a series of exhibition matches featuring APAC Invitational players and 2019 NBA 2K League Finals MVP Michael “BearDaBeast” Key (T-Wolves Gaming) playing against top representatives from NBA2K Online 2 (a free-to-play online game published in China), including National League Champion “Shy.”  The NBA 2K League Global Invitation Match will also be livestreamed in China on Tencent’s Penguin Esports, Douyu and Huya beginning at 11:30 a.m. local time.

Last season Jack “Jaacko” Stevenson (New Zealand) became the first player ever drafted from the APAC Invitational when he was selected 50th overall by Pistons GT, the NBA 2K League affiliate of the Detroit Pistons.

In September, the NBA 2K League announced that Gen.G, the global esports organization connecting the best gamers in the U.S. and Asia, would launch an NBA 2K League team from Shanghai that will join the other 22 NBA 2K League teams for the 2020 season.  In addition to launching the Shanghai franchise, Gen.G and the NBA 2K League announced a long-term relationship to grow the NBA 2K League’s global player pool and fanbase.

Last summer, Tencent, a leading provider of comprehensive Internet services in China, streamed condensed 2019 NBA 2K League Playoff and Finals games to its hundreds of millions of daily users across Tencent Sports, Tencent Video and Tencent News.

For more information, fans can 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.

 

*Players will become draft-eligible upon passing a background check.

 

 

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Overwatch Postpones Seoul Matches Due to Corona Virus Outbreak

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The Overwatch League has postponed its scheduled matches in Seoul amid reports that Asia’s virus outbreak is spreading in South Korea.

The league previously postponed matches scheduled for three cities in China this month and rescheduled them for March in Seoul due to the COVID-19 illness. Those matches, along with previously scheduled home dates for the Seoul Dynasty, have now been postponed.

“In order to protect the health and safety of our players, fans, & staff, we are canceling plans to host OWL 2020 matches in South Korea in Weeks 5, 6, and 7, including the Seoul Dynasty home event. We’ll share more info about when and where matches will take place at a later,” Overwatch League said in a statement.

This is the first year for OWL’s unprecedented global schedule including host matches for its 20 city-based franchises in Asia, North America and Europe.

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China Vows to Work with Philippines to Combat Online Gaming Crimes

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China has vowed to work closely with the Philippines to combat cyber-criminal activities arising from Philippine Offshore Gaming Operations (POGOs), according to a statement issued by the Chinese Embassy in Manila.

“The Chinese side would like to continue to work closely with the Philippines to combat such crimes as telecommunications fraud, illegal online gambling, money-laundering, illegal employment, kidnapping, extortion, torture, murder and the like so as to effectively protect the legitimate rights and interests of nationals of the two countries, and to promote the China-Philippines friendship and cooperation,” said the statement.

The embassy released the statement after local media reported that the Ministry of Public Security of China has cancelled the passports of thousands of Chinese nationals working for the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operations (POGOs).

In order to crack down on cross-border telecom fraud crimes, the embassy said China’s Ministry of Public Security has obtained a list of Chinese nationals suspected of committing long-term telecom fraud crimes abroad, who are classified as the persons prohibited from exiting China according to the Exit and Entry Administration Law of China.

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TVBET will showcase its streaming solutions to the Indian market at SPiCE

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The leading B2B provider TVBET is going to present its suite of versatile live-games at SPiCE India next month. In addition to presenting the existing product line as well as recently released 1Bet, Lucky6, and BackgammonBet, the company will share its experience of new market expansion with the industry representatives.

Thanks to the growing portfolio of widely beloved games, TVBET made remarkable progress in 2019, by starting cooperation with more than 100 casinos and betting operators. Currently, it pursues the goal of global market expansion. This time in Goa, the company experts will be glad to meet igaming experts both local and international to describe what benefits can be achieved through the live-games integration.

Peter Korpusenko, CEO TVBET: “According to our strategy, we see India as a promising igaming market for further growth and can’t ignore the increasing interest in top-notch games from players. Plus, we are actively entering the Middle East region in parallel, which is why we do know what formats for web, mobile, and land-based will bring success to both parties. At SPiCE, we’d like to reveal the full potential of TVBET games, that proved to be excellent”.

In total, the full TVBET’s integration consists of 11 well-known card and lottery games, already helping companies to increase their GGR. All the products are led by the charming presenters and broadcasted online in 4K format.

The SPiCE India conference will be held in Goa, March 25-27, and the company will be presented at stand 1006 during the whole conference.

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