Team opens with local-market group play on March 9 vs. Knicks Gaming live at District E. Full league play to begin in person on March 29.
Washington, D.C. – Today, Wizards District Gaming announced its 2023 NBA 2K League schedule with the team’s season opener set for Thursday, March 9 against Knicks Gaming in THE SLAM OPEN 3v3 tournament live and in-person at District E Powered by Ticketmaster. The 20-week season will kick off for the entire league on Thursday, March 8 and will conclude in August with the 2023 NBA 2K League 5v5 Finals. The 2023 Wizards District Gaming (WDG) season is presented by Leidos.
The 2023 NBA 2K League season will again be a mix of remote and in-person game play. Each team will begin the season remotely from its local market to be simulcast live on the NBA 2K League’s Twitch and YouTube channels. All in-person games will be hosted in Washington, D.C. at the soon-to-be opened, District E Powered by Ticketmaster esports gaming theater, which serves as the home arena for Wizards District Gaming. In-person league play is slated to begin on March 29 with THE SLAM OPEN. For information on tickets to view NBA 2K League games live at District E, click here.
“Wizards District Gaming is ready to start our pursuit of another NBA 2K League Championship for 2023. We have a winning formula and with the addition of new talent, we are really excited about our prospects,” said Patrick Crossan, Wizards District Gaming Head Coach & General Manager. “We’re also excited to welcome the NBA 2K League, its teams and players to our hometown, Washington, D.C. and brand-new training venue District E Powered by Ticketmaster this season.”
The team concluded the 2022 season with its third consecutive appearance in the 5v5 Finals, advanced all the way to the inaugural 3v3 Finals, and several veteran players received league honors, including former center Dayfri being named the league’s MVP and Defensive Player of the Year. In the off-season, the team transitioned its roster by trading for John “Witness” Mushaben and drafting Alex “Gloski” Pimentel with the 39th pick in the 2023 NBA 2K League Draft. Those additions join the retained group of Justin “Kapp” Kaplan, Justin “Just Awkward” Howell and Antonio “Newdini” Newman (the winningest player in league history), who all returned from last season’s roster which competed in four different tournament and playoff finals in the 2022 season.
For the first time ever, WDG will play all of its local-market games in front of a home crowd at District E. Leidos is the first-ever Season Presenting Partner for all live WDG games at District E and will have its brand featured throughout the live game experience in the new state-of-the-art esports arena. Information on how to secure tickets to live WDG games at District E will be available soon.
“By sponsoring Wizards District Gaming, Leidos is not only investing in the world’s fastest-growing entertainment industry but also fueling the passion of the next generation of tech enthusiasts,” said Melissa Dueñas, Senior Vice President and Chief Communications & Marketing Officer at Leidos. “District E” will be where innovation, creativity, and competition collide to form the ultimate arena of digital supremacy. This investment will help empower our future workforce with the digital skills, team dynamics, and problem-solving abilities needed to shape the technological landscape of tomorrow.”
The NBA 2K League’s 25 teams, including the league’s expansion team representing Australia, NBL Oz Gaming –its third international franchise–will compete in 3v3 and 5v5 splits throughout the season The 3v3 portion of the season begins with the Coinbase NBA2KL 3v3 SLAM OPEN on March 8 and will finish with the NBA2KL 3v3 Finals on Saturday, May 13. The 5v5 competition begins on Wednesday, May 23 with THE TIPOFF Powered by AT&T and will culminate with the NBA2KL 5v5 Finals on Saturday, Aug. 5. The NBA 2K League will award $2.5 million in cash prizes across THE BANNER CHAIN SERIES Powered by AT&T and Coinbase NBA 2KL 3v3 BLACKTOP SERIES tournaments, and the NBA 2K League 3v3 and 5v5 Playoffs. For more information on the NBA 2K League, visit www.NBA2KLeague.com.
About Wizards District Gaming
Wizards District Gaming, owned and operated by Monumental Sports & Entertainment, 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 District Gaming drafts and/or retains gamers as part of a team that competes as unique characters in matchups against 24 other teams in a mix of regular-season games, tournaments and playoffs. For more information about Wizards District Gaming, visit www.wizardsdg.com.
Leidos is a Fortune 500® technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, civil, and health markets. The company’s 45,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $14.4 billion for the fiscal year ended December 30, 2022. For more information, visit www.Leidos.com.