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Kings Guard Gaming join three 2K League teams for round-robin tournament

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Kings Guard Gaming join three 2K League teams for round-robin tournament

SACRAMENTO – On Monday, March 23, Kings Guard Gaming, the official NBA 2K League affiliate of the Sacramento Kings, will join three other teams for a virtual, open stream, round-robin tournament hosted by Hornets Venom GT. Teams will play the NBA 2K video game against one another online, where fans around the world can tune in via Twitch.tv/KingsGuardGG. During the NBA hiatus, remote tournaments like this will give fans the opportunity to enjoy live action and engage with Kings Guard Gaming players.

Joining Kings Guard Gaming in the tournament will be:

* Hornets Venom GT – the official NBA 2K League affiliate of the Charlotte Hornets
* Warriors Gaming Squad – the official NBA 2K League affiliate of the Golden State Warriors
* Gen.G Tigers of Shanghai, the first international team of the NBA 2K League.
 
Each team will participate in the tournament virtually from their respective home market. Kings Guard Gaming players will be modeling social distancing and will play seated six feet apart from their home in Sacramento. The round-robin tournament will be a best of three series, with the two best teams competing in a final series for experience and bragging rights All tiebreakers will be determined by total game record followed by point differential.

“The team been practicing day in and day out and are so excited to participate in this round-robin tournament,” said Kings Guard Gaming Head Coach Del Layton. “The NBA 2K League is a blend of the fan-favorite sport of basketball with the competitive nature of esports. This preseason action will be a first look at the league and a must-watch event.”

The schedule will be as follows:

Monday, March 23
Hornets Venom GT vs. Gen.G Tigers of Shanghai – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. PT
Kings Guard Gaming vs. Warriors Gaming Squad – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. PT
Kings Guard Gaming vs. Gen.G Tigers of Shanghai – 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. PT
Hornet Venom GT vs. Warriors Gaming Squad – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT
 
Tuesday, March 24
Gen.G Tigers of Shanghai vs. Warriors Gaming Squad – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. PT
Hornets Venom GT vs. Kings Guard Gaming – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. PT
Third Place Game (teams with the lowest records) – 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. PT
Finals Game (teams with the best records) – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT
 
Fans can tune into all games at Twitch.tv/KingsGuardGG.

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the NBA 2K League has postponed the start of the 2020 season. Fans will continue to be able to access the excitement of the NBA 2K League through remote preseason exhibitions like the one on Monday. For the league’s official statement on the season being postponed, click here.

Kings Guard Gaming will participate in its third season in the NBA 2K League as one of 23 total franchises who will compete in the upcoming 2020 season. Kings Guard enters the new season coming off its first postseason appearance in 2019 under the leadership of Head Coach DJ “TTPLOADING” Layton, who will return to lead the team this season.

On February 22, Kings Guard selected forward Rafel “Crush” Davis, guard Matthew “Bash” Robles and guard Hayden “Nasthetic” Caudle amongst 229 eligible picks in the 2020 NBA 2K League Draft. These rookies will join veteran players Waseem “BallLikeSeem” Talbert, Connor “DatBoyShotz” and Yusuf “Yusuf_Scarbz” Abdulla, who was named to the 2019 Intel Performance SZN 2 All-Defensive Team.

Starting on Friday, March 27, Kings Guard Gaming will participate in the NBA 2K League’s first-ever “NBA 2KL Three for All Showdown,” an online 3-on-3 tournament which will feature fan-organized teams, top 2K players and social media influencers. All participating teams will compete in the NBA 2K20 MyPark game mode for the chance to play against NBA 2K League teams and a share of a $25,000 prize pool. Fans can watch NBA 2KL Three for All Showdown games on the NBA 2K League Twitch and YouTube channels.

For more information about Kings Guard, visit KingsGuard.gg and follow the team’s social channels on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Warriors Gaming Squad to play in tournament featuring 16 2K League teams

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Warriors Gaming Squad to play in tournament featuring 16 2K League teams

While the 2020 NBA 2K League season is still postponed due to the coronavirus, teams continue to put together exhibition tournaments to keep both players and fans engaged.

"Spring 16" is next up, and starts on April 10 with 16 of 23 NBA 2K League teams taking part in the tournament.

Warriors Gaming Squad will be in the tournament facing Cavs Legion GC in the first round on Saturday.

WGS participated last week in the "Three for All Showdown," a three-on-three tournament with an XBOX and PS4 bracket. Their XBOX squad won their first two rounds of matchups against Jazz Gaming and Team Retribution, but ultimately lost to Kings Guard Gaming in the quarterfinals.

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Hornets Venom GT is organizing the "Spring 16" tournament and will also feature: 76ers Gaming, Blazer5 Gaming, Gen.G Tigers of Shanghai, Grizz Gaming, Hawks Talon GC, Knicks Gaming, Lakers Gaming, Magic Gaming, Nets Gaming Crew, Pacers Gaming, Raptors Uprising GC, T-Wolves Gaming, Warriors and Wizards District Gaming.

Golden Guardians to donate merchandise proceeds to COVID-19 Relief Fund

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Golden Guardians to donate merchandise proceeds to COVID-19 Relief Fund

SAN FRANCISCO – The Golden Guardians (GG), an esports affiliate of the Golden State Warriors, will donate all proceeds from the team’s new merchandise store throughout the month of April to the Restaurant Workers Community Foundation (RWCF) COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund. RWCF, an advocacy and action nonprofit created by and for restaurant workers, will provide direct relief to individual restaurant workers, nonprofit organizations serving restaurant workers in crises, and zero-interest loans for restaurants to get back up and running.
 
“During this unprecedented time of COVID-19, we are proud to help restaurants and their employees remain on their feet,” said Hunter Leigh, Head of GSW Esports. “The launch of our new online merchandise store provides Golden Guardians fans a great opportunity to purchase new loungewear from home while supporting a great cause.”
 
The Golden Guardians new merchandise store is a one stop shop for fans to purchase authentic customizable jerseys and apparel including short sleeve tees, sweatshirts and sweatpants. The shop can be found at GoldenGuardians.whatsneu.gg.
 
Founded in 2017, the Golden Guardians are an esports affiliate of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors. The Bay Area-based organization currently sponsors professionals competing in Apex Legends, League of Legends, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Teamfight Tactics and World of Warcraft. The Warriors also own and operate Warriors Gaming Squad, one of 23 teams who compete in the NBA 2K League. For more information on the Golden Guardians, visit goldenguardians.com.