The NBA 2K League has announced its first European qualifying event, the NBA 2K League European Invitational, which will take place in London on December 13-14.
The event will feature 20 pre-selected esports players from Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, Turkey and the UK, competing over two days of gameplay, including scrimmages and a double-elimination tournament.
Talent will also be identified through interviews with league and team representatives. At the end of the process, several players will become eligible for the 2020 NBA 2K League Draft.
“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,” NBA 2K League managing director Brendan Donohue said.
The NBA 2K League is adding a team from Shanghai for next season, which will become the first franchise outside of North America to join the National Basketball Association’s esports property.