Gen.G’s NBA 2K League team will be known as the Gen.G Tigers of Shanghai, the organization announced Monday in South Korea.
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Gen.G CEO Chris Park announced the team name and revealed its logo and social media channels in Seoul at the second-ever NBA 2K League APAC Invitational. Gen.G is the first non-NBA organization to join the NBA 2K League, becoming the league’s 23rd member and, alongside Hornets Venom GT, one of two expansion teams for the 2020 season.
”We are thrilled to introduce the Gen.G Tigers of Shanghai, the latest addition to Gen.G’s #TigerNation,” said Chris Park, CEO of Gen.G. “The 2020 season will be historic for both Gen.G and the NBA 2K League’s bright future in Asia.”
Gen.G recently hosted the Shanghai Invitational, its first-ever Pro-Am tournament in China featuring 20 of the best Chinese NBA 2K players. The NBA 2K League invited seven players from that group to the APAC Invitational, where NBA 2K League personnel are in attendance to identify players who will become eligible for the 2020 NBA 2K League Draft. At APAC, the league is also hosting the first-ever Global Invitational Match, featuring NBA2K Online 2 stars including National League Champion “Shy” against 2019 champion BearDaBeast and several APAC players. The games will be live-streamed in China on Tencent’s Penguin Esports, Douyu (a Gen.G streaming partner) and Huya.
Led by GM Nathan Stanz, the Tigers drafted 2019 NBA 2K League champion Turnupdefense in the expansion draft and acquired first- and second-round picks from 76ers GC in a draft-and-trade for ZDS after the expansion draft. The team will have the No. 5 and No. 21 overall picks, as well as two second-round picks and fourth-round pick in the 2020 entry draft.