NBA 2K League Shanghai General G Tigers moves to University of Kentucky
LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 11, 2021) – World Esports Organization Gen. G announced today that it is moving its NBA 2K League franchise, the Shanghai Gen. G Tigers, to facilities located at the University of Kentucky to virtually participate in its second season in the league and join the new Eastern Conference of 12 teams.
Kicking off its 2021 NBA 2K League season with THE TIPOFF powered by AT&T May 19-22 with a $ 160,000 prize pool, the team will train and participate in the Federal Credit Union’s Esports Show. University of Kentucky at The Cornerstone. The team will also have access to UK campus services, including restaurants and leisure center facilities on campus.
“We have forged an incredible relationship with the University of Kentucky, so it was a natural progression of our collaboration to bring the team to Lexington and closer to our conference rivals in the coming season,” said Arnold Hur. , COO of General G. co-chairman. “We have exciting plans to engage Big Blue Nation locally as well as our fans around the world to join us in our quest for a championship.”
The team will have the opportunity to interact with UK esports players and students as the esports community continues to grow on campus. General G hopes to be able to make tickets available to watch games live in the theater, if the public health situation allows for a live presence during the season.
“We’re proud of our basketball heritage, so we couldn’t be happier to welcome Gen.G.’s NBA 2K League team to our campus,” said Heath Price, associate IT director at UK. “The team will play at The Cornerstone, which has the best Internet connectivity east of the Mississippi. They will have our full support. “
Led by coach Len Griffy, the Tigers reloaded after the team’s inaugural 6-10 season with a mix of returning players and new players following the NBA League 2K Draft on March 13.
Chris “Turnupdefense” Anderson (@Turnupdefense) is in his second season with the Tigers as a lockdown defenseman. He won an NBA 2K League Championship with T-Wolves Gaming in 2019. A native of Los Angeles, he now resides in Las Vegas when not competing. Turnup is the only returning player on Gen.G.’s 2020 roster.
Mihad “PARTY” Feratovic (@iFEAST__) joins the Tigers after spending last season with the GC 76ers and plays a power forward. He was also one of the first two players in T-Wolves Gaming history. FEAST is from Brooklyn and also won a championship in 2019 with T-Wolves Gaming. FEAST is a two-time NBA 2K League Fair Play winner.
Alex “Bsmoove” Reese (@BsmooveJ) joined the team after the Tigers traded their third pick in the first round of the NBA 2K League Draft with their former team, the Warriors Gaming Squad. The shooter brings rich competition experience. He is originally from Milwaukie, Oregon, and enjoys playing and coaching basketball when not in NBA 2K or Fortnite. Bsmoove is also a two-time tournament champion, winning both THE TURN and THE TICKET in 2019 with Warriors Gaming Squad. He was also named MVP THE TICKET in 2019.
Jordan “JMoney” Martinez (@ JMoneyRep817) debuts with the Tigers this season after being acquired from T-Wolves Gaming. The small forward averaged 18.2 points per game last season. JMoney is from Fort Worth, Texas. JMoney won a championship in 2019 with T-Wolves Gaming. A big difference this year will be that he can finally play the playmaker, his natural position.
Donald “BumpyDon” Newsome (@BxmpyDon) is the 44th overall pick in the 2021 NBA 2K League Draft. BumpyDon was widely regarded as one of the most promising PF prospects in this year’s draft. Hailing from Virginia Beach, Va., BumpyDon was the first rookie selected for the Gen. G Tigers this year.
Kennedy “Sawc” Tauala Jr. (@ sawc4L) is the 47th overall pick in the 2021 NBA 2K League Draft. Sawc is widely regarded as one of the best characters in this year’s draft group. He’s a hybrid player who can fill many roles within a squad, which fits perfectly with the current setup of this year’s roster. Sawc was born and raised in Long Beach, California, and also graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in psychology.
In September 2019, the team became the 23rd franchise in the league and the first team unaffiliated with an NBA team as part of a long-term strategic relationship to leverage Gen.G’s multinational brand in Asia and in the USA.
Founded in 2017, Gen.G is the leading esports organization connecting the United States and Asia. Currently ranked # 6 in Forbes’ list of ‘World’s Most Valuable Esports Companies’, Gen.G is the only major organization to own and operate the best teams in the major global esports markets – China, South Korea and United States. Its unique portfolio of teams, winners of seven world championships to date, includes the Seoul Dynasty franchise of the Overwatch League; 2014 and 2017 League of Legends world champion team in South Korea; the world’s best all-female Fortnite team, based in Los Angeles; and the historic NBA 2K League expansion franchise in Shanghai.
United under #TigerNation, Gen.G’s primary mission is to help fans and athletes use the power of play and esports to advance in competition and beyond. The company quickly became a business and thought leader, building a global, inclusive and intercultural future for sports entertainment. Her widely acclaimed initiatives include: #TeamBumble, the leading team platform for empowering women in the game; and Gen.G Elite Esports Academy, the world’s first fully integrated academic esports program. Gen.G’s teams, content creators and company staff work from their Los Angeles, Seoul and Shanghai offices. You can find more information about Gen.G esports and its teams on this link.
About the NBA 2K League
The NBA 2K League, a professional esports league co-founded by the NBA and Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), launched in 2018 and features the best NBA 2K players in the world. Each of the 23 teams in the league features six players who compete as unique characters in the 5v5 game against the other teams in a mix of regular season, tournament and playoff games. NBA 2K League partners include Anheuser-Busch, AT&T, Champion Athleticwear, Dash Radio, DoorDash, ESRevolution, Loco, Mondelēz International, Raynor Gaming, SAP, SCUF Gaming, Snickers, Sony Interactive Entertainment, Sport1, Twitch, Wilson and YouTube . For more information on the NBA 2K League, visit NBA2KLeague.com.