Raptors’ NBA 2K League affiliate to play 16-week season remotely from Bell Fibe House in Toronto
The 2021 NBA 2K League season begins tomorrow with THE TIPOFF Powered by AT&T and will conclude on Saturday, September 4 with the 2021 NBA 2K League Finals Delivered by DoorDash. Raptors Uprising Gaming Club (RUGC), NBA 2K League affiliate of the Toronto Raptors, will tip off the team’s fourth season in tournament play against Hawks Talon GC, NBA 2K League affiliate of the Atlanta Hawks, at 6 p.m. ET on Thursday, May 20.
All 23 teams will begin the 2021 season playing remotely from its local market, with all games simulcasted live on the NBA 2K League’s Twitch and YouTube channels. New this season, teams are aligned into two conferences: 11 in the Western Conference and 12 including Raptors Uprising in the Eastern Conference. All teams will play 28 regular season games and every matchup will include two back-to-back games against the same opponent, with each result counting towards the team’s regular season record. Games will begin at 7 p.m. ET every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights with four distinct matchups each night.
Raptors Uprising recorded a historic 2020 season which included winning two in-season tournaments, THE TIPOFF and THE TURN Powered by AT&T, before becoming the first team to achieve an undefeated regular season (16-0) in NBA 2K League history. The team’s 2021 roster includes point guard and 2020 NBA 2K League MVP Kenneth “Kenny Got Work” Hailey, shooting guard and 2020 NBA 2K League Defensive Player of the Year Trent “Timelycook” Donald, small forward Maurice “ReeceMode” Flowers, centre Xavier “Type” Vescovi, power forward Trevion “All Hail Trey” Hendrix and power forward Joshua “TsJosh” McKenna. The team currently live and train in a state-of-the-art training facility known as the Bell Fibe House in Toronto and will compete remotely from the residence, while adhering to guidelines from public health authorities.
“Expectations are very high for our team this year, and things can change season-over-season in meaningful ways,” said Shane Talbot, Director, Esports, MLSE. “We’re not playing on the same game or console, nor are we competing with the same personnel. We’re not taking anything for granted, and we’re extremely focused on our goal of bringing an NBA 2K League championship to Toronto.”
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. All 23 teams will compete in THE TIPOFF and THE TURN. The top five teams in each conference at the end of the regular season will automatically qualify for the NBA 2K League Playoffs Delivered by DoorDash. The 13 remaining teams will compete in THE TICKET, with the winning teams from each conference earning the 11th and 12th spots in the playoffs. This season, players are competing for the largest prize pool in NBA 2K League history: a total of $1.5 million USD, with $450,000 going to the 2021 NBA 2K League champions.
RAPTORS UPRISING GC REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE
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Nikk Kadbet, MLSE, Nikk.Kadbet@mlse.com