NBA 2K16 Road to the Finals: Prize Money and Format for New eSports Event

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIIFebruary 1, 2016

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NBA 2K16 is jumping into the eSports arena with both feet. On February 15, NBA 2K16: Road to the Finals will begin with 16 2K Pro-Am in-game events. The total prize money up for grabs is $250,000.

“The NBA 2K development team has aspired to join the exciting world of eSports for years,” said Greg Thomas, president of Visual Concepts, in a press release made available to Bleacher Report. “Road to the Finals is our first step, and we can’t wait to add even more excitement and competitive action to our franchise.”

The preliminary events are designed to determine the top 16 teams on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The press release offered a few more details about the highly anticipated event:

Teams can participate in any of the 16 qualifying events where they will need to win at least four games in order to qualify. Those four games will be scored based on the team’s performance and then ranked on the event leaderboard. The top score of each qualifying event day will be deemed the winner and will move on to the tournament.

The 2K Pro-Am mode features five-on-five online action between teams filled with human users playing with their created players. Ideally, these teams will have honed their skills over the last few months in an effort to be at their best for the qualifying stage.

The tournaments for the PS4 and Xbox One take place on May 21, and each will be single elimination. NBA 2K community manager Chris Manning is already urging players to upgrade their MyPlayers in efforts to compete in the inaugural event.

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What's your MyPLAYER overall? #RoadToTheFinals begins with your story. #BeTheStory #NBA2K16 https://t.co/GiMTv7zWsP

Road to the NBA Finals will be a competition between the most elite 2K Pro-Am squads in the game's community. When you consider the mode allows gamers to customize their own uniforms, logos and arenas, it should be a blast to see the competition and creativity.

For those who aren't familiar with 2K Pro-Am, the latest episode of 2KTV from NBA 2K's YouTube channel sheds some light on the mode:

The healthy prize is already a strong incentive to participate. When you couple that with the trip to the NBA Finals for both winning teams, it's clear 2K Sports is serious about its presence on the eSports scene.

We can only expect this initiative to grow in the upcoming years. Stay tuned for more information on the event as it becomes available.

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