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NBA 2K Pro League ‘The Tipoff’ Tournament Hub – Scores, Schedule, and Live Stream

Published: 1/May/2018 21:38 Updated: 16/Oct/2020 14:23

by Albert Petrosyan

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The NBA 2K League is finally underway as the league’s first ever season has tipped off on March 1st.

The first tournament of the season is being called ‘The Tipoff’, and it will feature the 17 league teams separated into four groups. After group play, the top 8 teams advance to the Playoffs, where there is a $100,000 prize pool waiting to be won.

Announced in 2017, the NBA 2K League is the first competitive esports league featuring the popular NBA 2K game and is a joint venture between the NBA and NBA 2K publisher Take-Two Interactive.

The league features 17 teams, all representing actual NBA franchises, that will play for a $1 million prize pool over the course of a 15-week regular season, playoffs, and three additional tournaments.

The Tipoff is set to be played from May 1st-5th, with the Group A teams playing on the first day, followed by Group B on the 2nd, Group C and D on the 3rd, and Group D will finish on the 4th. The Playoffs of the tournament will be played on May 5th.

Playoff Scores and Schedule – May 5th

Schedule and Scores (Group Play)

Group A – May 1st

  • Bucks 44-49 Pistons GT – 5PM EST
  • Cavs Legion 76-73 vs Kings Gaurd – 6PM EST
  • Bucks 57-53 (OT) Cavs Legion – 7PM EST
  • Pistons GT 62-61 Kings Gaurd – 8PM EST
  • Kings Guard 78-76 Bucks – 9PM EST
  • Cavs Legion 86-59 Pistons GT – 10PM EST

Group B – May 2nd

  • Wizards District 65-68 Jazz Gaming – 5PM EST
  • Knicks Gaming 72-67 Warriors Gaming Squad – 6PM EST
  • Warriors Gaming Squad 62-56 Jazz Gaming – 7PM EST
  • Knicks Gaming 81-76 Wizards District – 8PM EST
  • Jazz Gaming 64-59 Knicks Gaming – 9PM EST
  • Wizards District vs Warriors Squad Gaming – 10PM EST

Group C – May 3rd

  • Magic Gaming 51-68 Raptors Uprising – 3PM EST
  • Blazer5 Gaming 81-68 76ers GC – 4PM EST
  • 76ers GC 70-57 Raptors Uprising  – 5PM EST
  • Blazer5 Gaming 73-59 Magic Gaming – 6PM EST
  • Raptors Uprising 59-63 Blazer5 Gaming  – 7PM EST
  • Magic Gaming 64-67 76ers GC – 8PM EST

Group D – May 3rd/4th

  • Heat Check 61-80 Mavs Gaming – 9PM EST on May 3rd
  • Celtics Crossover 74-62 Grizz Gaming – 10PM EST on May 3rd
  • Pacers Gaming 61-70 Celtics Crossover – 3PM EST on May 4th
  • Heat Check 66-63 Grizz Gaming – 4PM EST
  • Mavs Gaming 50-57 Pacers Gaming – 5PM EST
  • Pacers Gaming 66-49 Heat Check – 6PM EST
  • Mavs Gaming vs Celtics Crossover  – 7PM EST
  • Grizz Gaming 45-69 Pacers Gaming – 8PM EST
  • Celtics Crossover 90-75 Heat Check – 9PM EST
  • Grizz Gaming 51-92 Mavs Gaming – 10PM EST

Standings – Top Two Teams From Each Group Advance to ‘The Tipoff’ Playoffs

Group A:

  1. Cavs Legion (2-1)
  2. Pistons GT (2-1)
  3. Bucks (1-2)
  4. Kings Guard (1-2)

Group B:

  1. Warriors Squad Gaming (2-1)
  2. Jazz Gaming (2-1)
  3. Wizards District Gaming (1-2)
  4. Knicks Gaming (1-2)

Group C:

  1. Blazer5 Gaming (3-0)
  2. 76ERS GC (2-1)
  3. Raports Uprising GC (1-2)
  4. Magic Gaming (0-3)

Group D:

  1. Pacers Gaming (3-1)
  2. Mavs Gaming (3-1)
  3. Celtics Crossover (3-1)
  4. Heat Check (1-3)
  5. Grizz Gaming (0-4)

Here is the live-stream of the NBA 2K League, which will be hosted on Twitch throughout the entirety of the first season.

Here are all of the 17 teams that will be participating in the first ever season of the NBA 2K League.

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NBA 2K21 fans threatening to boycott after 2K adds “scummy” in-game ads

Published: 19/Oct/2020 2:01

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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NBA 2K21 is now forcing players to watch unskippable ads, and it seems like the huge basketball fanbase has finally had enough. Many are considering boycotting the 2020 release until they’re removed once and for all.

Nobody likes ads, period. But when you’re reading, watching, or playing something free, you can understand why they’re needed. However, NBA 2K21 is a full-price game, and it’s forcing players to watch ads. The worst part is you can’t skip them.

It’s something that has happened before in the NBA 2k series.

Last time, players rallied and revolted and coerced the company into removing them. Now they’ve gone ahead and done it again this year. They even waited until enough people bought the game, and added it afterward.

However, it seems like their ‘calculated’ move had done more harm than good. Players have flocked on social media to voice their concerns, and needless to say, they’re less than impressed.

“Man, this headline returns every year, and every year it breaks sales records,” said one user in the top comment of a popular thread.

“Some people do have problems with abandoning games it seems.”

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An ad for the Oculus Quest 2 as seen in NBA 2K21.

“Wow that’s really messed up,” said another in a separate thread.

“I’m not exactly shocked since this is 2k we’re talking about but it’s still scummy. The NBA is my favorite sport but I haven’t bought a new 2k in years… This move by 2k means I’m not buying NBA even when it’s on sale.”

Clearly, fans and players are angry. But the dissatisfaction and disappointment don’t end there. Twitter is filled with similar comments, some of which are even more savage.

“I’m playing NBA2k and I got a f**ken ad on NBA2K TV,” said one person. “I bought the full version of the game don’t ever do some slimey s**t like that again.”

“Seeing ads in triple AAA, full price games ($60+) is f**king disgusting,” said another. “F**k you NBA2K.”

NBA 2K21 could learn from EA Sports

2K does have a long history of doing these questionable practices, but they’re not the only ones to do it.

EA Sports recently came under fire for sprinkling ads into UFC 4 when players had to watch replays. Naturally, it didn’t sit well with fans and players. The backlash was so immense, EA had no choice but to adhere to their demands and remove them.

“It is abundantly clear from your feedback that integrating ads into the Replay and overlay experience is not welcome,” said an EA representative.

“The advertisements have been disabled by the team and we apologize for any disruption to gameplay that players may have experienced.”

NBA 2K21 Unskippable AdAn example of an intrusive ad seen in UFC 4 before they were removed.

It might be a bit of a stretch, but hopefully, 2K can learn a thing or two from their rival company and listen to their fans on this issue once again.

Hell hath no fury like a player base scorned. If enough players make their voices heard, surely 2K will cave, and ditch the ads in NBA 2K21 once and for all.