The NBA 2K League will take its show on the road for the first time ever, as the league announced its second in-season tournament in season two, The Turn, will be played at the HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas at Luxor Hotel and Casino from May 9-11 and will experiment with new game features. The announcement was made on Wednesday afternoon via press release and on the league’s Twitter account.
WE’RE GOING TO VEGAS! THE TURN powered by @ATT will be played at the @HyperX @EsportsArena in Las Vegas (@HyperXESALV) from May 9 – May 11. With a prize pool of $180K 💰, the competition will be at an all-time high! Read More: https://t.co/HCakqDrsI2 https://t.co/5CefBAKe79
The event marks the first time official NBA 2K League games will be played in a venue other than the league’s own studio in New York City.
The league also revealed it will introduce an “archetype ban” system for the tournament only. Prior to every game, each team will determine one archetype that cannot be used in game by either team. The home team will make its selection followed by the away team, and teams will be able to submit their rosters after the archetype ban picks have been made.
The Turn will start off with five play-in games, leading to a 16-team, single-elimination knockout stage. Seeding for the tournament will be determined by each team’s record during the four regular-season weeks that precede the tournament.
The total prize pool for the tournament amounts to $180,000. The winner of The Turn will take home $90,720, the runners-up will get $29,760, third and fourth place will get $15,360 each and fifth through eighth place will get $7,200 each.
Tickets for the tournament start at $20 for single-day tickets and $30 for a full three-day package, and are on sale now on the Luxor Hotel and Casino’s website.
UPDATE: Fans attending the Turn will have the opportunity to play on the NBA 2K League build of the game, league Managing Director Brendan Donohue announced in a Periscope stream earlier today. You can check out his comments at the 7:18 mark in the tweet below.