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NBA 2K League Announces Shanghai Team From Gen.G For 2020 Season

September 29, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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The NBA 2K League is adding its first team outside of North America for the 2020 season, expanding to Shanghai. The League announced late last week that Gen.G will launch a Shanghai team that will be the League’s 23rd team, and the first team not affiliated with an NBA franchise. Gen.G is an organization known as the owners of the Seoul Dynasty in the Overwatch League, a Clash Royale League team and other significant teams in League of Legends, Fortnite, Call of Duty and Apex Legends among other esports.

“This is a historic moment in the NBA 2K League’s journey to becoming a truly global league with fans, franchises and players from all over the world,” said NBA 2K League Managing Director Brendan Donohue in the announcement.

Forbes reports that the deal is worth $25 million and will also include plans to grow the player pool and fanbase, focusing on China where NBA 2K Online is the #1 online PC game with 40 million players. The team’s players will train in Los Angeles during the season and travel to and from New York where season games are played.

The NBA teamed up with 2K to form the 2K League in 2018, making them the first US professional sports league to run an esports league. Each team has six players who compete as unique characters in five-on-five play against the other teams.

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