Team opens against Raptors Uprising Gaming Club on Wednesday, May 6 at 9pm ET and will play eight games across the six-week start
Wizards District Gaming to be featured as the NBA 2K League’s highlighted “Game of the Week” on Friday, May 8 at 9:30pm ET vs. Magic Gaming and on Friday, June 5 at 9:30pm ET vs. Jazz Gaming
Today, Wizards District Gaming announced the first eight games of their 2020 regular season schedule to be played across six weeks, with their opener set for Wednesday, May 6, versus Raptors Uprising Gaming Club. The 2020 Wizards District Gaming season will once again be presented by Leidos.
In response to the nationwide coronavirus outbreak, the first six-weeks of the fourteen-week regular season will be played remotely. The schedule for the rest of the season will be released by the NBA 2K League at a later date.
Within the first eight games of play, two will be highlighted by the NBA 2K League as its “Game of the Week,” which brings added promotion by the League and will be the only game being played live across the League. The first will be on Friday, May 8 against Magic Gaming and the second will be on Friday, June 5 against Jazz Gaming. Both games will be begin at 9:30pm ET and will be broadcast on the NBA 2K League’s Twitch (http://twitch.tv/nba2kleague) and YouTube (http://youtube.com/nba2kleague) channels.
“We are thrilled to finally announce our live game schedule for the first six weeks of play of the NBA 2K League regular season,” said Zach Leonsis, Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for Monumental Sports & Entertainment & GM of Monumental Sports Network. “At Monumental, we aim to deliver best-in-class live experiences, compete for championships in every sport we play, and support our great community in the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Maryland. We are excited to compete for a playoff spot and make our community proud.”
Wizards District Gaming, one of the seventeen original teams to launch during the NBA 2K League’s inaugural season in 2018, begins its third season next week. This year’s six-man roster includes Brandon Richardson (a.k.a. BRich), Ryan Conger (a.k.a. Dayfri), Jack Mascone (a.k.a. JBM), Justin Howell (a.k.a. Just_Awkward), Antonio Newman (a.k.a. Newdini) and Maurice Delaney (a.k.a. ReeseDaGod). Dayfri and ReeseDaGod are returning members of Wizards District Gaming’s Season 2 roster and bring experience as members of the inaugural 2K League draft class. Newdini joins Wizards District Gaming after two years with 76ers GC. Wizards District Gaming selected JBM with the #1 overall pick in the 2020 NBA 2K League Draft and he takes over as the team’s starting point guard this season. He joins Just_Awkward and BRich as members of Wizards District Gaming’s Season 3 rookie class.
“We’re so excited to begin the Season 3 of the NBA 2K League, said Andrew McNeill, Director of Esports, Monumental Sports & Entertainment. “The best NBA 2K players in the world compete at the highest level in the NBA 2K League and we’re proud to be a part of it. We feel like the roster that we’ve assembled this year is one that can contend for a championship and we can’t wait to watch it all play out live every week.
The NBA 2K League has enjoyed steady year-over-year viewership growth and expects to continue its rapid ascension through its third season of play. Monumental Sports & Entertainment has established itself as a leader in esports, having invested in a variety of esports and gaming related businesses over the past five years. Monumental Sports & Entertainment is a proud investor in endemic esports organization, Team Liquid, and has also launched a first-of-its-kind esports sub-brand for the NHL’s Washington Capitals called Caps Gaming.
“The team and I are ready and primed to start playing our scheduled games,” said Patrick Crossan. “We’ve had some success in the preseason – winning the Spring 16 tournament – and are looking forward to that translating to winning in the regular season. I’ve been very proud of how our players have handled themselves in scrimmages and film sessions. We all have high expectations for the team and now it’s about just going out there and playing 2K.”
• Game 1: 5/6, Wednesday Raptors Uprising Gaming Club at 9:00 PM
• Game 2: 5/8, Friday Magic Gaming at 9:30 PM
• Game 3: 5/12, Tuesday Heat Check Gaming at 9:00 PM
• Game 4: 5/19, Tuesday Pistons Gaming Team at 9:00 PM
• Game 5: 5/26, Tuesday Hornets Venom Gaming Team at 9:00 PM
• Game 6: 5/27, Wednesday Celtics Crossover Gaming at 9:00 PM
• Game 7: 6/5, Friday Jazz Gaming at 9:30 PM
• Game 8: 6/11, Thursday Mavs Gaming at 7:00 PM
For more information about Wizards District Gaming and for updates on the schedule, please visit: www.WizardsDG.com
ABOUT WIZARDS DISTRICT GAMING:
Wizards District Gaming is part of the NBA 2K League, a professional esports league co-founded by the NBA and Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTWO). Launched in 2018, the league features the best NBA 2K players in the world. Wizards DG draft and/or retain six gamers as part of a team that competes as unique characters in 5-on-5 play against 22 other teams in a mix of regular-season games, tournaments and playoffs. For more information about Wizards District Gaming, visit http://www.wizardsdg.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. NBA 2K League partners include Anheuser-Busch, AT&T, Champion Athleticwear, Facebook, GameStop, HyperX, Panera Bread, Raynor Gaming, SCUF Gaming, Snickers, Stance, Twitch and YouTube. For more information about the NBA 2K League, visit NBA2KLeague.com.