District Gaming Classic Online Tournament Returns as a Part of NBA 2K League Draft Prospect Series

Wizards District Gaming announced today the return of the District Gaming Classic, presented by the U.S. Marine Corps. The District Gaming Classic features a pair of NBA 2K21 Pro-Am online tournaments, one on Xbox One and another on PlayStation 4, that are part of the NBA 2K League Draft Prospect Series.

The five players from the winning team on each console tournament will be become Draft Eligible, pending approval by the NBA 2K League, and be entered into a first-of-its-kind draft combine in February. Additionally, one player from a non-winning team in each console tournament will be selected to receive a “Prospect Badge” and be entered into February’s draft combine. A key member of this season’s NBA 2K League Champion Wizards District Gaming team, Just_Awkward, was a finalist in the 2019 District Gaming Classic.

“One of the biggest drivers of success in Wizards District Gaming’s championship season this year was competition for places in the lineup,” said Andrew McNeill, Director of Esports at Monumental Sports & Entertainment. “We’re excited to bring back the District Gaming Classic this year where draft hopefuls can compete for the opportunity to advance through the NBA 2K League Draft Prospect Series and make it one step closer to getting drafted into the NBA 2K League.”

The 2020 District Gaming Classic will feature 16 teams of five players in each console tournament. Registration for the District Gaming Classic will begin on October 22. Follow Wizards District Gaming on social media @wizardsdg to find out when registration opens. Play will begin on October 31 with the round of 16, followed by the quarter finals of each tournament on November 1, semifinals on November 7, and the District Gaming Classic finals for each console tournament on November 8.

The U.S. Marine Corps is the presenting partner of the District Gaming Classic and will have brand integration in all social graphics and Twitch livestreams. Select games from the District Gaming Classic will be streamed live on the Wizards District Gaming Twitch channel at http://twitch.tv/wizardsdg.

“Both the Marine Corps and Wizards District Gaming possess an unyielding spirit and a determination for overcoming any challenge set before them,” said Major Evan Fairfield, Commanding Officer of RS Frederick. “The U.S. Marine Corps is proud to partner with this year’s NBA 2K League Champions in hosting the District Gaming Classic. We are excited to take part in creating this highly competitive regional tournament.”

The District Gaming Classic will be hosted on the Rival Games platform. Rival’s technology provides organizations the ability to manage their own custom-branded gaming community. Wizards District Gaming fans will be able to join the community and compete against each other in different gaming titles for rewards points, as well as participate in additional tournaments that Wizards District Gaming will host throughout the year.

Full rules and regulations for the District Gaming Classic can be found at: https://wizardsdg.nba.com/news/district-gaming-classic-rules-and-regulations/

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