Magic Gaming’s summer tourney earns NBA recognition

The Orlando Magic’s esports outfit took home hardware in two of the league’s four categories of its end-of-season awards last month. The team received the Partnership of the Year award for its integration with Orlando Health and Local Activation of the Year for hosting one of the league’s major events at Full Sail University.

It was part of the league’s NBA 2K League Team Business Awards, handed out during the league’s NBA 2K League workshop in Indianapolis.

The awards also recognized Raptors Uprising GC as digital innovator of the year and Pacers Gaming for best use of streaming.

NBA 2K League executives and a finalist committee chose the winners.

“The NBA 2K League teams honored today represent the quality of innovation and partnership that we are used to seeing from our teams,” said NBA 2K League Managing Director Brendan Donohue in a release.  “The best part about these awards is that they make all of our teams better and create a new pinnacle for them to strive for next season.”

Magic Gaming’s partnership with Orlando Health included several initiatives that aimed to prop up the health of the esports players.

They included regular visits with Orlando Health doctors, while the players also served as brand ambassadors for the team, meeting with hospitalized children.

Meanwhile, the team’s partnership with Full Sail University included the hosting of the NBA 2K League’s midseason tournament that hosted all of the league’s teams for a three-day tournament.

The Winter Park school hosted the tournament at its new 11,000-square-foot “The Fortress” esports arena.

The release said the arena helped create an “electric atmosphere” for the event.

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