The NBA 2K League and Gen.G announced the team name and logo today for the new Chinese-based team, along with new details on the upcoming APAC Invitational.
Gen G. Tigers of Shanghai
Back in September, the 2K League announced that the first team that would be based in China would enter the league in 2020. Today, the NBA 2K League and Gen.G announced that the first Chinese-based team in the league will be called the Gen G. Tigers of Shanghai. The launch of the Tigers signifies the first step in Gen.G’s long-term efforts to “help the NBA 2K League develop a stronger presence globally, with an emphasis on Asia and China in particular.”
The colors of the Tigers will be Gen G.’s signature black and gold, while the logo depicts a crouching tiger, an “attack-orientated” symbol that is familiar to Gen.G’s fan base.
Regarding the new team, Gen G. CEO Chris Park said, “We are thrilled to introduce the Gen.G Tigers of Shanghai, the latest addition to Gen.G’s #TigerNation. The 2020 season will be historic for both Gen.G and the NBA 2K League’s bright future in Asia.”
NBA 2K League in China and APAC
The NBA 2K League this week launched the league’s official Weibo channel in China, where gamers and fans of the league can find the latest news and updates regarding the 2K League. In addition to that news, the league also announced the NBA 2K League Global Invitation Match, which will be a series of games that will pit participants of the APAC Invitational, along with NBA 2K League Finals MVP Michael “BearDaBeast” Key against top representatives from NBA2K Online 2 (a free-to-play online game published in China).
The NBA 2K League APAC Invitational will take place from January 20-January 21, and will give players from China, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea and the Philippines the opportunity to qualify for the 2020 NBA 2K League Draft. The tournament on January 21 will be live streamed on the league’s official Twitch and YouTube channels.
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