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NBA team owner claims 2K League players will earn more than LeBron James

Published: 22/May/2019 17:42

by Eli Becht

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Washington Wizards owner Ted Leonsis says in 10 years NBA 2K League players will make more than NBA superstar LeBron James does today.

Speaking at the Wall Street Journal Future of Everything event, Leonsis made the bold claim that NBA 2K League players will not only make more money than LeBron, but will also be more well-known.

We’re still easily in the infancy of the NBA 2K League, which is just in its second season, but there are 21 teams in the league that all are affiliated with NBA teams.

To put this into context, LeBron James made $35.6 million in his first year with the Los Angeles Lakers. This number doesn’t include any other sponsorship he may have, such as shoe deals, clothing lines, etc. 

For the first year of 2K League, first-round picks were paid a base salary of $35,000 for a 6-month contract, with every other player being paid $32,000. 

That means there’s still a long way to go if the average player is going to catch LeBron James, let alone lowest paid NBA player.

NBA 2K LeagueThe NBA 2K League has 21 teams.

“I believe that in 10 years one NBA 2K player will be more well known, popular and better compensated than LeBron James is today,” said Leonsis, according to Sport Business. “It’s just math. If you’re in India, you’re not able to see LeBron, you can’t buy tickets and go to the game, you can’t watch it on cable…you can see a couple of clips. These [esports] players are developing [social media] handles, they’re developing personalities, they’re online and anyone can watch and participate.”

The NBA 2K League hasn’t caught the world on fire so far with viewership being much lower than both the Call of Duty and Overwatch Leagues on Twitch.

If players are ever going to make as much as LeBron does, viewership will have to have a sharp spike. With the pace things are currently on, it seems like it’d be more likely the league would fold within 10 years rather than players making millions.

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FaZe Dirty & BobbyPoff win Hitch Cracked Creators Warzone event: Results

Published: 22/Oct/2020 3:55 Updated: 22/Oct/2020 3:57

by Brad Norton

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Team Summertime’s Davis ‘Hitch’ Edwards hosted another huge Call of Duty tournament and this time, Warzone was in focus as the best players came together in an entirely new format.

From Black Ops 4 to Ghosts and even Modern Warfare 2, Hitch has been hosting an assortment of throwback CoD events throughout the offseason. However, his sights shifted over to Warzone for the next major competition.

Call of Duty’s best pro players joined the top Warzone challengers and some of the biggest streamers in the ‘Cracked Creators’ event. 16 “cracked” players were thrown into the mix alongside 16 content creators with $10,000 on the line.

The format was something completely new, testing every competitor in an entirely unique way. From where you can rewatch to a list of everyone that joined in, here’s what you need to know about the Cracked Creators Warzone tournament.

Cracked Creators Warzone Tournament Recap

Once Duos were all set for the first round of action, it quickly became clear that it wasn’t the best day to visit Verdansk. Many of the biggest names in the tournament were met with some poor luck early on. From DrDisrespect to CouRage, a number of popular content creators and their partners were knocked out instantly.

The Doc encountered a wave of stream snipers in his first few lobbies, as did CouRage. Therefore, they were both unable to close out even a single map in the event. Other duos had some better luck, however. Di3eL picked his partner wisely as he and Symfuhny pushed through to a fourth-place finish. Meanwhile, Tfue & Aydan joined forces once again as they blitzed through the upper bracket without faltering.

Ultimately, the Grand Final showdown pit Tfue & Aydan against Dirty & BobbyPoff. While the former had an advantage going into the finals, only needing to close out a single series, they let it slip. Dirty & BobbyPoff secured a lead in the first maps, resetting the bracket and forcing a final showdown. The momentum carried on in their favor as Dirty & BobbPoff won the second series in the final moments.

Cracked Creators Warzone Tournament Results

Place Players Prize money won for charity
1st Dirty & BobbyPoff $6,000
2nd Tfue & Aydan $3,000
3rd Blake & TeePee $1,000
4th Di3seL & Symfuhny
Top 6 Maven & Merk
Top 6 Vikkstar & Jukeyz
Top 8 Jorge & MuTeX
Top 8 Hollyylive & HusKerrs
Top 12 NICKMERCS & Tommey
Top 12 LEGIQN & AverageJoeWo
Top 12 FaZe Bloo & Rated
Top 12 TrevorMay & FormaL
Top 16 Pamaj & Crowder
Top 16 CouRage & Scump
Top 16 DrDisrespect & ZLaner
Top 16 Censor & DougisRaw

How to watch the Cracked Creators Warzone Tournament

This next big Warzone event took place on Wednesday, October 21, having kicked off at 12 PM PT / 3 PM ET. The tournament was organized and streamed live by BoomTV, and we’ve included their Twitch channel below for your convenience. Hitch also hosted the action on his own personal Twitch channel as well. You can find the full vod below, including the early draft segment to kick things off.

Cracked Creators Warzone Tournament format

Rather than having players form their own teams for this event, things were set up a little differently. Before the action kicked off, the 16 chosen content creators drafted a player of their choice from the list of 16 “cracked” Warzone stars.

This meant that many of the duo could be playing together for the very first time as streamers chose their partners from the list of professionals. Once all duos were determined, they were put in a bracket in which the teams matched up queued together in a Quads lobby. So, while they were technically teammates in-game, they’re still opponents for the competition itself.

As for the scoring, each Winners Bracket match consisted of two separate Warzone games while Losers Bracket will be just one. The duo with more kills after the game(s) advanced; if there were ties, an additional game was played until a team hit 10 eliminations, or whoever had more if both sides failed to reach that number.

Creators playing

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The list of creators that played in Hitch’s Cracked Creators Warzone tournament.

These were the 16 content creators chosen to compete in this tournament, who all be picked their partner from the group of “cracked” players included in the section below.

Headlining this list were some huge names, including the likes of Dr Disrespect, NICKMERCS, CouRage, Vikkstar, Tfue, and more.

  • Dr Disrespect
  • NICKMERCS
  • Trevor May
  • CouRage
  • Blake TST
  • Jorge TST
  • Maven
  • FaZe Bloo
  • Vikkstar
  • Pamaj
  • Tfue
  • Holly
  • LEGIQN
  • Dirty
  • Di3sel
  • Censor

“Cracked” Warzone Tournament players

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The list of “cracked” players in Hitch’s Cracked Creators Warzone tournament.

Here are the “cracked” players that were drafted by the content creators listed in the section above

Call of Duty League pros were well represented by the T2P duo of Scump and Formal, while some of the most successful Warzone competitors in Huskerrs and Symfuhny were also in on the action.

  • Merk
  • Crowder
  • AverageJoeWo
  • Huskerrs
  • DougisRaw
  • Formal
  • BobbyPoff
  • MuteX
  • Rated
  • Jukeyz
  • Tommey
  • Symfuhny
  • ZLaner
  • Scump
  • TeePee
  • Aydan

While this event is now wrapped up, Hitch came with one last surprise during the stream. He announced a $20,000 Black Ops 2 throwback tournament as the final offseason event of the year. It all kicks off on October 28 so be sure to keep your eyes peeled over the coming days for further announcements.