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If you're looking for some NBA action on Switch at a great deal, there's quite a great offer going on in Europe. Right now, you can grab NBA 2K20 on Switch for just £2.49. There's no word on how long the deal is going to last for, so make sure to snag it while you can!

NBA 2K20 Players Only Tournament results leaked, wreaks havoc on betting

I bet that was upsetting

There's not much in the way of traditional sports going on right now, and a lot of networks are turning towards eSports to fill the void. 2K swooped in on the chance to provide some content, putting together the NBA 2K20 Players Only tournament. This tournament features real-life NBA players going head-to-head in the game, and the first round just aired a couple days ago.

The problem is that the tournament is pre-taped, so there are people who know the final results already. Apparently those people have been leaking details, as word has got out to select few about who comes out victorious in some brackets. This ended up causing a big sway in online betting. Again, as traditional sports are on break right now, those who would bet on those games are now betting on the virtual tournaments instead.

To learn more about how the leak caused quite a stir for betting agencies, check out the full press release below.

Sometimes they say, "Vegas knows something," yet this go round, the bookies were left in the dark.

The NBA 2K Players Only Tournament over the weekend caused a headache for sportsbooks because it was pre-taped, and information was ultimately leaked.

"We initially made Durant the favorite to win the tournament, but he was taking very little action over the course of the first 24 hours," Robert Cooper, Odds Manager at SportsBetting.ag, said. "When we posted the first-round matchup lines and the bets were completely one-sided toward Jones Jr., it became obvious that someone knew the outcome of the game."

SportsBetting.ag reports that in total it lost a sum in the low five figures on the tournament's opening round. Regardless, the online book has posted updated odds ahead of the quarterfinals starting Tuesday night. It remains to be seen whether or not head-to-head spreads will be offered again.

Patrick Beverley, who started as a longshot with 20-1 or +2000 odds last week, is now the favorite. Devin Booker is second while Derrick Jones Jr., also an opening longshot, is third on the board.

Here are the current odds that are likely to fluctuate again: https://www.sportsbetting.ag/sportsbook/futures-and-props/nba2k-players-only-futures

NBA 2K Players Only Tournament
Pat Beverley +200
Devin Booker +275
Derrick Jones Jr. +450
Deandre Ayton +650
Trae Young +650
Montrezl Harrell +1400
Rui Hachimura +1400
Andre Drummond +1800

ESPN2 to broadcast NBA 2K20 and Rocket League tournaments today

eSports return to TV

Once again, with traditional sports on hold due to the coronavirus, ESPN is turning to alternative programming to keep viewers entertained. Today on ESPN2, a slew of different eSports tournaments and more will be showcased. Two of the tournaments in particular pertain to games found on Switch. Check out the schedule below.

4:30 p.m ET. Season 8 Rocket League World Championship — This tournament closed out Rocket League’s 2019 season in December. Viewers will get NRG Esports versus Renault Vitality before a stadium crowd in Madrid, Spain.

6 p.m. ET NBA 2K Players Tournament — Back to live competition. The first round of the tournament wraps up with four matches: Montrezl Harrell (Los Angeles Clippers) vs. Domantas Sabonis (Indiana); Donovan Mitchell (Utah) vs. Rui Hachimura (Washington); Devin Booker (Phoenix) vs. Michael Porter Jr. (Denver); and Andre Drummond (Cleveland) vs. DeMarcus Cousins (Los Angeles Lakers). On Saturday, Derrick Jones, Jr. (Miami), Deandre Ayton (Phoenix), Trae Young (Atlanta), and Patrick Beverley (Clippers) all won to advance to the second round. The NBA 2K Players Tournament is a single-elimination, 16-player tournament on Xbox One, whose finals will be held April 11. The grand prize is a $100,000 donation, supporting coronavirus relief efforts, to the winner’s charity of choice.

NBA 2K20 "Players Tournament" charity event announced, which will feature 16 NBA players, and will air on ESPN

All for a good cause

16 NBA players will compete head to head in a tournament where seeds are based on their 2K Ratings. Every player can choose 8 teams to play with during the tournament, but they can only use each team once. Rounds one and two will be single elimination, with the semifinals and finals running best of three.

The winner will be crowned the ultimate NBA 2K20 champion and select a charity beneficiary to receive a $100,000 donation from 2K, the NBA and the NBPA in support of ongoing coronavirus relief efforts.

Every tournament game will debut on either ESPN or ESPN2, while also streaming on the ESPN App\

1. Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets (96)
2. Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks (90)
3. Hassan Whiteside, Portland Trail Blazers (87)
4. Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz (87)
5. Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns (86)
6. Andre Drummond, Cleveland Cavaliers (85)
7. Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls (85)
8. Montrezl Harrell, LA Clippers (85)
9. Domantas Sabonis, Indiana Pacers (85)
10. Deandre Ayton, Phoenix Suns (85)
11. DeMarcus Cousins (81)
12. Michael Porter Jr., Denver Nuggets (81)
13. Rui Hachimura, Washington Wizards (79)
14. Patrick Beverley, LA Clippers (78)
15. Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings (78)
16. Derrick Jones Jr., Miami Heat (78)

ROUND 1

Friday, April 3: ESPN

• 7-7:30 p.m. ET: NBA 2K Players Tournament Preview Show
• 7:30-8:30 p.m. ET: Derrick Jones Jr. (16) vs. Kevin Durant (1)

Friday, April 3: ESPN2, 8:30-11:30 p.m. ET

Sunday, April 5: ESPN2, 12-4 p.m. ET

Quarterfinals

Tuesday, April 7: ESPN2, 7-11 p.m. ET

Semifinals & Finals

Saturday, April 11: ESPN, Timing to be announced.

Take-Two wins NBA 2K lawsuit involving LeBron James' tattoos

A four year battle ends

Back in 2016, Solid Oak Sketches claimed to own copyrights to tattoo designs featured on the bodies of NBA stars LeBron James, Kenyon Martin and Eric Bledsoe, who all appear in the NBA 2K series. Solid Oak Sketches claimed Take-Two Interactive use unauthorized reproductions of those tattoo designs in their games.

In a legal battle that took four years, Take-Two has just now come out on top. While the lawsuit took a long time, the end result is a decisive victory for Take-Two, which could very well dictate how similar lawsuits go when it comes to digital representations of tattoos. It'll be interesting to see what happens to other pending lawsuits in this area as we move forward.

The Phoenix Suns will continue to play out their season via NBA 2K20

I may not know anything about sports, but I know I like this idea. The NBA's current season has been suspended due to coronavirus concerns, but the Phoenix Suns isn't going to let that stop them from having some fun. The Suns will be hitting the virtual courts to keep their season going, and they'll be playing out games that appear on their real-life schedule. First up is a game against the Dallas Mavericks, which will take place at some point today.

NBA 2K20 crashing after NBA announces season suspension due to coronavirus concerns

For those who don't know, the NBA has suspended its season due to the coronavirus. Any planned games for the rest of the season are now put on hold, and this announcement is causing NBA 2K20 to freak out.

If you go into NBA 2K20's NBA Today mode and start a new franchise, the game ends up crashing. This is because NBA Today mode lets you start a new franchise from this very day in real life. The simulation is supposed to start up based on games on the NBA's calendar, but since there aren't any on the calendar right now, the game has no idea what to do.

Make-A-Wish Kid William Floyd Joins NBA 2K20 Roster as First Authentically Scanned and Playable Fan in Basketball Video Game Series’ History

Wish granted

2K today announced that Make-A-Wish® kid, William Floyd, a 15-year-old from Georgia with a rare genetic disorder causing severe muscle weakness and heart problems, is the first non-NBA athlete in the popular basketball video game series’ history to be authentically scanned and earn a spot on an NBA® 2K playable roster. Available for download beginning today on the Xbox One family of devices, including Xbox One X, as well as PlayStation®4 system, Windows PC and Nintendo Switch™, William’s NBA® 2K20 player model may be found within Quick Game mode as a free agent for players to include on their teams of choice, as well as through new MyCAREER and MyLEAGUE rosters.

Make-A-Wish sent William and his family from Georgia to 2K’s headquarters in Novato, California, to grant his wish to visit the home of NBA 2K; however, he was unaware that in addition to his unforgettable tour, 2K planned to professionally scan his likeness – just as they had with his favorite NBA stars – and create him as a playable roster member in NBA 2K20 and make him accessible to millions of players around the world to add to their teams.

“When we learned about William’s wish to visit 2K, the whole team was thrilled,” said Ronnie Singh, also known as Ronnie 2K. “Learning about his journey was really humbling, and we wanted to find a way to make William’s wish come true in the biggest way possible. We couldn’t think of a better way to do that than bringing his passion to life in-game and giving millions of NBA 2K fans around the world the chance to enjoy William’s player model.”

Much like today’s biggest NBA stars, William’s NBA 2K experience began at the 2K Motion Capture Studio, where 140 motion capture cameras caught his every move. William then had his likeness recreated in incredible detail by 146 Pixelgun cameras, each capturing every grimace and grin, and all to help authentically bring his player model to life.

“Each player does a dance move or a celebration before he gets on the court,” William explained. “So, I got one of those, too. I got to create it.”

William also talked to the NBA 2K marketing and video capture teams, and the development team at Visual Concepts. Armed with a list of ideas for the game, William gave his input in potential cover athletes, game modes, and features that he would love to see in the future.

William was 18 months old when he went into heart failure and was diagnosed with a genetic disorder that causes muscle weakness and heart problems. His medical condition does not allow him to play sports like other children his age, but NBA 2K allows him to stay competitive in sports virtually. William’s wish helped him during his treatment by giving him something to look forward to in the future. In addition, he is now eager to explore employment opportunities with 2K when he is older.

“The cool thing is that 2K took what could have been a great wish and brought it to a level that we never expected,” says William’s mom, Julie. “They treated him – and all of us – like royalty and were so interested in everything William had to offer them. It was absolutely unbelievable.”

NBA 2K20 "NBA All-Star 2020" Trailer

NBA 2K has evolved into much more than a basketball simulation. 2K continues to redefine what’s possible in sports gaming with NBA 2K20, featuring best in class graphics & gameplay, ground breaking game modes, and unparalleled player control and customization. Plus, with its immersive open-world Neighborhood, NBA 2K20 is a platform for gamers and ballers to come together and create what’s next in basketball culture.

NBA 2K20 adds in a tribute to Kobe Bryant

NBA 2K20 has gotten an update to pay tribute to Kobe Bryant, who passed away Sunday in a helicopter crash. Now when players start up the game and get to a loading screen, they will be greeted with the image above. The official NBA 2K Twitter account also shared a tribute, which you can see below.

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