The commercial fortunes of the NBA 2K League continue to grow. The NBA’s esports competition is increasing its prize fund by $200,000 to $1.2m (€1.06m) for its upcoming second season.
It follows the announcement that the league has signed a multi-year partnership with Champion athletic apparel.
The season-opening Tip-Off tournament will offer $120,000, The Turn and The Ticket will each feature a prize pool of $180,000, while the remaining $720,000 will be distributed through the play-offs.
Players will also receive a minimum $33,000 as a base salary, with those retained from the 2018 season earning $37,000 and first-round draft selections earning $35,000. All contracts are six-month agreements and players can sign additional endorsement deals.
The 2019 draft will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on March 5 and streamed on Twitch.