Wizards District Gaming Crowned NBA 2K League Champs

Throughout the season, was seen on the Wizards District jerseys of both the actual and in-game players, as well as around the virtual arena.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Wizards District Gaming was crowned 2020 NBA 2K League Champions after defeating Warriors Gaming Squad in game four of a best-of-five game series by a score of 70-55.

First-time champion Wizards District Gaming was one of the inaugural teams when the NBA 2K League launched in 2018. The franchise, owned by Monumental Sports & Entertainment, is the NBA 2K League affiliate of the Washington Wizards.

Throughout the 2020 season, was seen on the jerseys of both the actual and in-game players, as well as around the virtual arena. In early February, WDG held their draft “war room” at the Smart Home in northern Virginia, making the league’s No. 1 pick this year.

The best-of-five game championship series, held Aug. 28, ran just under four hours and was packed with high-level emotion, dramatic matchups and relentless focus from the entire team, according to a press release.

In game one, Wizards District Gaming fell 53-65. In game two, they ground out a win, up by only a point at the half but dominating in the second half and ultimately winning by 60-50. In the third game, on the road, Wizards District Gaming fought out a win, 64 to 59. By game four the evenly matched teams, were both ready for a fight. Down by two points at the half, Wizards District Gaming overtook the Warriors Gaming Squad with a final score of 70-55 to win the championship.

“Bringing the trophy back for the fans who have shown us such loyalty and support is so rewarding,” says Andrew McNeill, director of Esports for Monumental Sports & Entertainment. “We owe such a debt to them — so many of whom have been with us since the beginning as well as those who contributed to the explosive growth in viewership that we saw this season. With our tremendous partners in streaming and linear broadcasts, we were able to reach audiences in unprecedented ways this year.”

In a normal season, games are played in-person at the NBA 2K League Studio in New York City. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the entire season transitioned to remote play with players competing from their individual home markets. Viewership options expanded during this time, with audiences able to enjoy the sport online through Twitch and YouTube, internationally via Sportsnet in Canada and on delay both through eGG Network in Southeast Asia and Loco in India, as well as through new broadcast partnerships nationally with ESPN 2 and locally on NBC Sports Washington for the Wizards District Gaming games.

In winning the NBA 2K League Championship, Wizards District Gaming has earned $420,000 in prize money.

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