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International esports organisation Gen.G has unveiled the team name, logo and social media channels of its new NBA 2K League squad, the Gen.G Tigers of Shanghai.
Gen.G CEO Chris Park made the announcement at the NBA 2K League APAC Invitation at Nexon Arena, Seoul, South Korea, saying:
“We are thrilled to introduce the Gen.G Tigers of Shanghai, the latest addition to Gen.G’s #TigerNation “The 2020 season will be historic for both Gen.G and the NBA 2K League’s bright future in Asia.”
The Gen.G Tigers of Shanghai are the NBA 2K League’s first non-North America team, and mark an important step as the league develops its international footprint, especially in China and Asia as a whole.
Gen.G previously hosted the Shanghai Invitational, a Pro-Am tournament with 20 Chinese NBA 2K players. From there seven players were invited to the recent APAC Invitational, an event in which league personnel will be present to identify players for the upcoming draft.
This week the NBA 2K League also launched an official Weibo channel in China, as part of its efforts to engage with the growing fan base in the country.
The league will also host the NBA 2K League Global Invitation Match, a series of exhibition matches featuring APAC Invitation players and 2019 NBA 2K League Finals MVP Michael “BearDaBeast” Key (T-Wolves Gaming), playing against top reps from NBA2K Online 2 (free-to-play online game published in China), including National League Champion “Shy”. In China the games will be streamed live on Tencent’s Penguin Esports, Douyu (Gen.G streaming partner) and Huya.
The APAC Invitational also showcases talent from Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines and South Korea.