Magic Gaming, NBA 2K League to tip off 2020 with 6 remote-play weeks

The NBA-backed esports league that has video game-playing teams in 23 of its markets including Orlando will begin its 2020 season on May 5.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the league has decided to play its first six weeks remotely, with games being broadcast on the league’s YouTube and Twitch channels.

That means all games up until June 12 will be online and the league will decide whether to extend that.

“We … hope the excitement of NBA 2K League competition provides both new and returning fans with a fun way to stay connected and engage with our league during unprecedented times,” league managing director Brendan Donohue said in a press release.

Donohue said the teams have been quarantined and preparing for the season.

Teams will remain in their home markets for the games.

The league will host four matchups, in best-of-3 mini-events each Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights for the first six weeks of the season.

The schedule, which will include three in-season tournaments, should be released this week.

The top nine regular season teams will be joined by the winner of the season-ending THE TICKET tournament.

The general outline of the early season matchups is below.

May 5 – 8                    Regular Season – Week 1

May 12 – 15                Regular Season – Week 2

May 19 – 22                Regular Season – Week 3

May 26 – 29                Regular Season – Week 4

June 2 – 5                    Regular Season – Week 5

June 9 – 12                  Regular Season – Week 6

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