– Season Opens Thursday, May 20, at 7 p.m. CT in THE TIPOFF-
— Eastern and Western Conferences Implemented for First Time —
Memphis, Tenn. — Grizz Gaming today announced its 2021 schedule, its fourth season in the NBA 2K League, which will simulcast live on the NBA 2K League’s Twitch and YouTube channels. The 16-week season features both weekly, regular-season games and tournaments, running May through August and followed by the NBA 2K League Playoffs and Finals. The team will begin the 2021 season playing games remotely at the Grizz Gaming studio at FedExForum.
Grizz Gaming will open the 2021 season with THE TIPOFF Powered by AT&T, including Group Stage games against Hawks Talon GC on Thursday, May 20, at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. CT and Raptors Uprising GC at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. CT. The winner of each group will advance to an eight-team bracket that will consist of a best-of-three series to determine THE TIPOFF champion.
For the regular season opener, Grizz Gaming will face Heat Check Gaming on Friday, May 28, at 8 p.m. CT. Each team will have 14, two-game, regular-season matchups in 2021 and will now be played on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Grizz Gaming will be featured as the Game of the Week when they take on Blazer5 Gaming at 8 p.m. CT on Friday, June 18. For the full schedule of regular-season games, visit GrizzGaming.com.
For the first time, the NBA 2K League will be aligned into two conferences: the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference. Each team will play matchups both within its conference and against teams in the other conference. Grizz Gaming will compete in the Eastern Conference alongside 76ers GC, Celtics Crossover Gaming, Gen.G Tigers of Shanghai, Hawks Talon GC, Heat Check Gaming, Hornets Venom GT, Knicks Gaming, Magic Gaming, Nets GC, Raptors Uprising GC and Wizards District Gaming.
The 2021 season will once again include three in-season tournaments (THE TIPOFF, THE TURN and THE TICKET) as part of THE BANNER CHAIN powered by AT&T. New this year, the field for the 2021 NBA 2K League Playoffs Delivered by DoorDash has expanded to 12 teams. The top five teams in each conference at the end of the regular season will automatically qualify for the NBA 2K League Playoffs, and 13 remaining teams will compete in THE TICKET, with the winning teams from each conference earning the 11th and 12th spots in the postseason. The NBA 2K League will award $1.5 million in prize money across the THE TIPOFF, THE TURN and the playoffs. Additional information is available here.
Regular-season games will begin at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights with four distinct matchups each night. Matchups will be played in a two‑game format. For the first time, regular-season broadcasts will feature nightly themes:
- “NBA 2KL Block Party Wednesdays” will highlight voices around the NBA 2K League community, including influencer personalities.
- “NBA 2KL Bounce Pass Thursdays” will be the league’s most fast-paced nights of gameplay, packing all four matchups into a three-hour window. They will include as many as three games happening simultaneously, and the broadcasts will bounce around to highlight the most exciting action.
- “NBA 2KL Friday Night Fire” will spotlight the week’s marquee matchup with the Game of the Week and dive deep into the stories of the league’s 138 players with never-before-seen content and interviews.
- “NBA 2KL Saturday Night Showdown” will explore new broadcast elements and voices and focus on the hardcore 2K fans by showcasing the game and players through the lens of the league’s most compelling storylines, including rivalries between individual players and teams.
The complete Grizz Gaming regular season schedule is listed below.
Grizz Gaming 2021 Schedule
|May 19-22||THE TIPOFF|
|Friday, May 28||Heat Check Gaming||8 p.m. CT|
|Saturday, May 29||Hawks Talon||8 p.m. CT|
|Saturday, June 5||Bucks Gaming||8 p.m. CT|
|June 9-12||Bye Week|
|Thursday, June 17||Knicks Gaming||6:40 p.m. CT|
|*Friday, June 18||Blazer5 Gaming||8 p.m. CT|
|Friday, June 25||Wizards District Gaming||6 p.m. CT|
|Saturday, June 25||76ers GC||6 p.m. CT|
|June 30 – July 3||Bye Week|
|Wednesday, July 7||Hornets Venom GT||6 p.m. CT|
|Friday, July 9||Magic Gaming||8 p.m. CT|
|July 12-17||THE TURN TOURNAMENT|
|July 21-24||Bye Week|
|Friday, July 30||Pacers Gaming||6 p.m. CT|
|Saturday, July 31||Gen.G Tigers of Shanghai||8 p.m. CT|
|Wednesday, August 4||Magic Gaming||6 p.m. CT|
|Friday, August 6||Gen.G Tigers of Shanghai||8 p.m. CT|
|Wednesday, August 11||Raptors Uprising GC||6 p.m. CT|
|August 19-21||THE TICKET|
|August 26-28||NBA 2K League Playoffs|
|Saturday, September 4||NBA 2K League Finals|
* – Game of the Week
Fans can visit the team’s website, grizzgaming.com, for all news, updates and happenings regarding the team. Additionally, fans can follow the team on Twitch at twitch.tv/grizzgaming, @grizzgaming on Twitter and Instagram, as well as GrizzliesGaming on Facebook to follow along with the team’s 2021 season.
About the NBA 2K League
The NBA 2K League, a professional esports league co-founded by the NBA and Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTWO), launched in 2018 and features the best NBA 2K players in the world. Each of the league’s 23 teams features six players who compete as unique characters in 5-on-5 play against the other teams in a mix of regular-season games, tournaments and playoffs. NBA 2K League partners include Anheuser-Busch, AT&T, Champion Athleticwear, Dash Radio, DoorDash, ESRevolution, Loco, Mondelēz International, Raynor Gaming, SAP, SCUF Gaming, Snickers, Sony Interactive Entertainment, Sport1, Twitch, Wilson and YouTube. For more information about the NBA 2K League, visit NBA2KLeague.com.