NBA 2K League 2022 Full Details: Schedule, Start Date, Qualifications, Draft, Teams, Prize Pool, More (Season 5)

NBA 2K League Season 5 (2022) tips off on March 23 with exciting new changes to the competition format that involves the NBA 2K Community for opportunities to participate. Here are the full NBA 2K League details for Season 5, including qualifications, schedule, how to watch, and more.

NBA 2K League 2022 Competition Format & Qualifications

  • New this season, as an avenue for the 2 million players who play NBA 2K every day to compete in NBA 2K League competition, amateur teams from around the world will have the opportunity to participate alongside NBA 2K League teams for a share of the 3v3 tournament prize pool in the Coinbase NBA2KL 3v3 BLACKTOP SERIES, which includes the SLAM OPEN, SWITCH OPEN and STEAL OPEN.
  • 5v5 BANNER CHAIN Powered by AT&T tournaments (THE TIPOFF, THE TURN and THE TICKET). The SLAM OPEN and SWITCH OPEN will include the 24 NBA 2K League teams, North American amateur teams that earned a spot through the tournaments’ qualifying events and Community Teams selected by the league and consisting of top players from the 2K community and social media influencers.
  • The STEAL OPEN will include the 14 NBA 2K League teams that haven’t already qualified for the NBA2KL 3v3 Playoffs, and one amateur international team from each of the European and Asia-Pacific regions that earned a spot through separate international qualifying events. NBA 2K League teams, amateur teams and Community Teams will qualify for the NBA2KL 3v3 Playoffs based on their performance in the prior competitions throughout the season.
  • THE BANNER CHAIN Powered by AT&T and the NBA2KL 5v5 Playoffs and Finals will continue to feature only NBA 2K League teams. All 24 teams will compete in THE TIPOFF and THE TURN. The five top performing teams from each conference at the end of the regular season will automatically qualify for the NBA2KL 5v5 Playoffs. The 14 remaining teams will compete in THE TICKET, with the winning teams from the two conferences earning the 11th and 12th spots in the playoffs.
  • Following the completion of the SLAM OPEN, THE TIPOFF, the SWITCH OPEN and THE TURN, each NBA 2K League team will play five additional 3v3 and 5v5 matches that will finalize which teams automatically qualify for the NBA2KL Championships and determine seeding in the STEAL OPEN and THE TICKET.
  • The NBA 2K League will announce additional information related to the 2022 season in the coming months, including registration details for the qualifying events for the three Coinbase NBA2KL 3v3 BLACKTOP SERIES tournaments and further details about Community Teams.

NBA 2K League 2022 Prize Pools

  • The 2022 season prize pools will be announced at an upcoming date

NBA 2K League 2022 Location

  • The new NBA 2K League Studio in Indianapolis, Indiana at The Pavilion at Pan Am
  • The studio’s innovative design will feature two circular competition stages to allow for simultaneous in person games that give the broadcast the opportunity to switch between games in real-time to capture the most exciting action.
  • Information on tickets for in-person games will be announced in the coming weeks.

NBA 2K League 2022 Schedule & Key Dates

  • March 23 – 26 SLAM OPEN Amateur North America Qualifying Event (Remote)
  • March 30 – April 2 SLAM OPEN Amateur North America Qualifying Event (Remote)
  • April 5 – 8 THE TIPOFF Group Play (Remote)
  • April 12 – 15 THE TIPOFF Group Play (Remote)
  • April 20 – 23 THE TIPOFF Bracket Play (NBA 2K League Studio, Indianapolis)
  • April 26 – 29 SLAM OPEN Group Play (Remote)
  • April 27 – 30 STEAL OPEN Amateur Europe Qualifying Event (Remote)
  • May 3 – 6 SLAM OPEN Group Play (Remote)
  • May 4 – 7 STEAL OPEN Amateur APAC Qualifying Event (Remote)
  • May 11 – 14 SLAM OPEN Bracket Play (NBA 2K League Studio, Indianapolis)
  • May 18 – 21 SWITCH OPEN Amateur North America Qualifying Event (Remote)
  • May 25 – 28 SWITCH OPEN Amateur North America Qualifying Event (Remote)
  • May 24 – 27 THE TURN Group Play (Remote)
  • May 31 – June 3 THE TURN Group Play (Remote)
  • June 8 – 11 THE TURN Bracket Play (NBA 2K League Studio, Indianapolis)
  • June 14 – 17 SWITCH OPEN Group Play (Remote)
  • June 21 – 24 SWITCH OPEN Group Play (Remote)
  • June 29 – July 2 SWITCH OPEN Bracket Play (NBA 2K League Studio, Indianapolis)
  • July 5 – 8 5v5 Seed Weeks (Remote)
  • July 12 – 15 5v5 Seed Weeks (Remote)
  • July 19 – 22 3v3 Seed Weeks (Remote)
  • July 26 – July 29 3v3 Seed Weeks (Remote)
  • August 1 – 7 League-Wide Bye Week
  • August 10 – 11 STEAL OPEN (NBA 2K League Studio, Indianapolis)
  • August 12 – 13 THE TICKET (NBA 2K League Studio, Indianapolis)
  • August 17 – 20 NBA2KL 3v3 Playoffs and Finals (NBA 2K League Studio, Indianapolis)
  • August 24 – 27 NBA2KL 5v5 Playoffs and Finals (NBA 2K League Studio, Indianapolis)

NBA 2K League Teams

  • 76ERS GC
  • BLAZER5 GAMING
  • BUCKS GAMING
  • CAVS LEGION GC
  • CELTICS CROSSOVER GAMING
  • DUX GAMING
  • GEN.G TIGERS
  • GRIZZ GAMING
  • HAWKS TALON GC
  • HEAT CHECK GAMING
  • HORNETS VENOM VT
  • JAZZ GAMING
  • KINGS GUARD GAMING
  • KNICKS GAMING
  • LAKERS GAMING
  • MAGIC GAMING
  • MAVS GAMING
  • NETS GC
  • PACERS GAMING
  • PISTONS GT
  • RAPTORS UPRISING GC
  • T-WOLVES GAMING
  • WARRIORS GAMING SQUAD
  • WIZARDS DISTRICT GAMING

NBA 2K League 2022 Draft

  • The 2022 NBA 2K League Draft was held virtually on Saturday, Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. ET.
  • Livestreamed on the NBA 2K League’s Twitch and YouTube channels
  • All 24 NBA 2K League teams, including the league’s expansion team representing Mexico, DUX Gaming, completed their five-person rosters during the three-round draft.
  • The 2022 draft pool consisted of unretained players from last season, players who earned draft eligibility as part of the “NBA 2K League Draft Prospect Series,” select participants in the NBA 2K League’s Women in Gaming initiative, select competitors in the NBA 2K League’s APAC and European Invitationals, and high-performing players in the 2K community as determined by league and team officials.

NBA 2K League Prize Pool

BANNER CHAIN Powered by AT&T

  • April 5 – 23: THE TIPOFF – $250,000 total prize pool
  • May 24 – June 11: THE TURN – $250,000 total prize pool
  • 12 – 13: THE TICKET – $50,000 total prize pool
  • 24 – 27: NBA2KL 5v5 Playoffs and Finals – $1,000,000 total prize pool (first place –
  • $500,000, second place – $200,000, third place – $80,000, fourth place – $80,000, fifth through eighth place – $25,000, ninth through twelfth place – $10,000)

Coinbase NBA 2KL 3v3 BLACKTOP SERIES

  • March 23 – May 14: SLAM OPEN – $150,000 cash prize pool
  • May 18 – July 2: SWITCH OPEN – $150,000 cash prize pool
  • 17 – 20: NBA2KL 3v3 Playoffs and Finals – $600,000 (first place – $250,000, second place – $100,000, third place – $50,000, fourth place – $50,000, fifth through eighth place – $25,000, ninth through twelfth place – $10,000)

Player Bonuses

For the first time, top performers from the 2022 season recognized as recipients of five of the NBA 2K League Awards will earn bonus compensation. Those NBA 2K League Awards and compensation values are as follows:

(1) Most Valuable Player – $15,000

(2) Defensive Player of the Year – $7,500

(3) Rookie of the Year – $7,500

(4) Coach of the Year – $5,000

(5) Most Improved Player – $5,000

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