Magic Gaming will open the regular season of its third year in NBA 2K League play with a double-header on April 8 vs. Warriors Gaming Squad at 7 p.m. followed by Kings Guard Gaming at 10 p.m. The season commences with THE TIPOFF tournament, March 24-28 (schedule for tournament TBD). Magic Gaming’s full schedule is below.
In addition, Magic Gaming will host two local events featuring four teams in the league. The Magic Gaming Round-Robin hosted by Full Sail University will take place at the university’s renowned on-campus esports arena, The Fortress, on May 23 at 1 p.m., culminating in a finals matchup at 7 p.m. The competition will feature Magic Gaming, Hawks Talon GC, Hornets Venom GT and Heat Check Gaming. The second event in Orlando will be a rivalry matchup on June 27 also hosted by Full Sail University featuring a one-game competition between Nets GC and Magic Gaming.
Other select NBA 2K League teams will host the rivalry matches and round-robin events in their markets and each of these matches/games will count toward a team’s regular season standings, with the exception of the round-robin championship games. Each round-robin event will have a prize pool of $20,000 each for the winning team.
Each NBA 2K League team will play a total of 16 regular season games on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. All regular season games will take place at the new NBA 2K League Studio in Manhattan featuring revamped audience seating that reflects the circular competition format unique to the NBA 2K League, larger screens, a mic’d stage that will highlight the players and their personalities to viewers in the studio and watching on the broadcast, a VIP lounge, a streaming pod for guest streamers and an additional studio for content capture. The weekly matchups during the regular-season will determine playoff seeding.
The 2020 season will once again feature three in-season tournaments (THE TIPOFF, THE TURN and THE TICKET) in which teams compete for banners that link together to form THE BANNER CHAIN. All 23 teams will compete in THE TIPOFF and THE TURN. The 14 teams that are not one of the top nine playoff seeds will compete in THE TICKET, which will see the winning team earn the 10th and final spot in the 2020 NBA 2K League Playoffs, which will tip off Wednesday, July 29 and take place over four days of gameplay.
All 23 teams will have five bye weeks during the season, along with a league-wide bye week July 1-3.
During the 2020 season, the NBA 2K League will award $1.4 million in prize money across THE TIPOFF and THE TURN, the six round-robin local tournaments and the NBA 2K League Playoffs.
2020 Magic Gaming Schedule:
Mar. 24-28: THE TIPOFF powered by AT&T
Apr. 8 vs. Warriors Gaming Squad 7 p.m.
Apr. 8 vs. Kings Guard Gaming 10 p.m.
Apr. 15 vs. Raptors Uprising GC 8 p.m.
Apr. 16 vs. Jazz Gaming 7 p.m.
May 1 vs. Cavs Legion GC 9 p.m.
May 8 vs. Pacers Gaming 8 p.m.
May 13-15: THE TURN powered by AT&T
*May 23 vs. Hawks Talon GC 1 p.m.
*May 23 vs. Heat Check Gaming 3 p.m.
*May 23 vs. Hornets Venom GT 4 p.m.
June 5 vs. Wizards District Gaming 7 p.m.
June 10 vs. 76ers GC 7 p.m.
June 10 vs. Knicks Gaming 9 p.m.
**June 27 vs. NETSGC 1 p.m.
July 1-4: BYE WEEK
July 9 vs. T-Wolves Gaming 9 p.m.
July 16 vs. Pistons GT 8 p.m.
July 17 vs. Bucks Gaming 8 p.m.
July 23-25: THE TICKET powered by AT&T
July 29-Aug.1: 2020 NBA 2K League Playoffs
Aug. 8: 2020 2K League Finals
*Round-Robin event hosted by Full Sail University in Orlando
**Rivalry matchup hosted by Full Sail University in Orlando
Magic Gaming recently added two players to its roster through the 2020 NBA 2K League Draft on Sat., Feb. 22. The team selected Alex “ProFusion” Snowden with the 35th overall pick and Daniel “Djbama” Burge with the 6th overall pick. Snowden is considered by many to be one of the best sharpshooters in the draft, the offensively gifted shooting guard fills one of the team’s biggest needs. A two-year player for Celtics Crossover Gaming, Snowden averaged 16.6 points per game during the 2019 regular season, while shooting 59.3% from the floor.
With their fourth-round selection, Magic Gaming added a versatile, high-character player in Burge. A mathematics graduate from UAB, Burge qualified for the draft pool through the 2020 NBA 2K League Combine. The two 2020 picks join an already loaded roster with 2019 NBA 2K League Rookie of the Year, Brendan “Reid” Hill (“Reizey”); Daniel “DT” Tlais; Brandon “ToXsiK” Raudenbush; and Robert “May” May.