The NBA 2K League will hold its Ticket Tournament at “The Fortress,” Full Sail University’s new esports arena, in Orlando, the league announced.
This will the NBA 2K League’s second tournament outside of New York City. The league hosted the Turn Tournament at the HyperX Esports Arena in Las Vegas in May.
The Ticket is the third and final in-season tournament for the league, and the most consequential. The winner of the tournament earns an automatic berth in the eight-team NBA 2K League playoffs, as well as over $90,000 from the tournament-wide $180,000 prize pool. Last season’s winners, Knicks Gaming, went on to win the inaugural NBA 2K League Finals as the No. 8 seed.
The tournament will take place at Full Sail University’s new practice facility, Fortress Sports Arena. “The Fortress,” as it is affectionately known, reportedly cost of $6 million and boasts a 500-spectator capacity in the 11,200-square-foot arena. Full Sail University competes across a wide variety of esports under the nickname “Armada.”
In early may, Magic Gaming partnered with Full Sail University, becoming the first NBA 2K League team to form an exclusive partner with a university. The team features Full Sail University in various positions on the Magic Gaming virtual court. The partners will work together to create collaborative digital content to be displayed at Magic Gaming’s practice studio and Full Sail University’s new esports facility.
“Magic Gaming is thrilled to join forces with Full Sail University,” Director of Magic Gaming Ryan DeVos said in an announcement at the time. “With Full Sail’s vast experience and knowledge in the digital realm, we’re excited about the opportunity to grow our brands and reach even more fans.”