London’s Gfinity Arena to host first NBA 2K League European Invitational

UPDATE (December 6th 2019): The NBA 2K League has announced the event will take place at the Gfinity Arena in Fulham Broadway, London.

Scrimmages will get underway on December 13th from 4pm to 7.30pm; the double-elimination tournament will be hosted on December 14th from 10am to 8pm.

Original article (published November 20th 2019): The NBA 2K League European Invitational, the league’s first-ever qualifying event in Europe, will take place on Friday December 13th to Saturday 14th in London. 

The two-day event will identify several elite players from Europe who will become eligible for the 2020 NBA 2K League Draft.

The NBA 2K League European Invitational will feature 20 players from Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, Turkey and the UK competing over two days of gameplay, including scrimmages, a double-elimination tournament and interviews.

The NBA 2K League identified players for the event through the NBA 2K League Combine, NBA 2K community Pro-Am tournaments and historical performances in NBA 2K events.

“We are excited to bring together the best NBA 2K players from across Europe for our first-ever European qualifying event,” said NBA 2K League MD Brendan Donohue. 

“Building on the success of last season’s APAC Invitational, which identified several draft-eligible players from the Asia‑Pacific region, it is important for us to further strengthen our player pool by providing more opportunities for top international players to qualify for the 2020 NBA 2K League Draft.”

Brendan Donohue, NBA 2K League

The double-elimination tournament on December 14 will be livestreamed on the NBA 2K League’s Twitch and YouTube channels. At the end of the European Invitational, a committee comprised of league representatives and team managers will identify several players who will become eligible for the 2020 NBA 2K League Draft. 

NBA 2K League representatives who will serve as scouts at the European Invitational include Pacers Gaming Senior Director of Esports Operations and Head Coach Cody Parrent, 76ers GC Head Coach and 2019 NBA 2K League Coach of the Year Jeff Terrell, and Knicks Gaming center Harry “HazzaUK” Hurst (from the UK). 

Three European players have competed in the NBA 2K League: the UK’s Harry Hurst, Jamie ‘vGooner’ Bull and Germany’s Jannis ‘JLB’ Neumann.

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