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NBA2k is a video game that you can place wagers on for various fixtures and tournaments. Instead of betting on physical basketball tournaments, you can predict the winners of professional video game competitions, otherwise known as esports. Betting and odds are the same as sports betting, as you can decide to back your favourite gamer when they’re playing NBA2k.
Why Trust Picklebet for NBA2k Betting?
It’s essential to trust an online provider, especially when you’re using real money as wagers. Picklebet is an Esports betting platform that came about for this specific reason. The past decade has seen esports rise in popularity leading to it becoming a multi-million-dollar industry. Picklebet is a product of esports enthusiasts who share a love for video games. Since there was no platform to support this type of betting, we created Picklebet.
We have a proper licence and Australia’s Northern Territory government regulates our operation. As such, you can be confident of placing your bets in our esports and sports betting categories. With each esports fixture, you can bet pre-match, live or in-play.
A History of NBA2k
This series of video games came about in 1999, and it offered a simulation of basketball matchups. Every year, the publishers release a new version that emulates the sport - more specifically, the National Basketball Association. Sega Sports was initially responsible for bringing the game to the public, which is now in the hands of 2K Sports. Visual Concepts developed every game in the franchise.
The entire series contains 21 titles and several spin-offs and the game was available on 18 different platforms, including the latest ones such as PlayStation 2, 3, 4, and 5, as well as Xbox, 360, One, and Series X/S.
NBA2k, in association with Take-Two Interactive, created the NBA 2K League, a professional competition featuring players from around the world. It’s the first esports league that a U.S. professional sports league operates. It commenced in 2018 with 17 teams - each one with an affiliation to an NBA team. Teams compete in video game format in five versus five scenarios, with all players being unique. They can’t use existing NBA players. The complete roster includes 76ers GC, Blazer5 Gaming, Bucks Gaming, Celtics Crossover Gaming, Cavs Legion GC, the Gen.G Tigers of Shanghai, Grizz Gaming, Hawks Talon GC, Heat Check Gaming, Hornets Venom GT, Jazz Gaming, Kings Guard Gaming, Knicks Gaming, Lakers Gaming, Magic Gaming, Mavs Gaming, Nets GC, Pacers Gaming, Pistons GT, Raptors Uprising GC, T-Wolves Gaming, Warriors Gaming Squad, and Wizards District Gaming.
Due to popularity and growth, the league has grown to 23 teams, with 22 affiliated with NBA teams. The league champions since 2018 were Knicks Gaming, T-Wolves Gaming, and Wizards District Gaming, respectively. The current season kicked off in May and ends on the 4th of September with a final. Furthermore, there are three in-season competitions that you can bet on called The Tipoff, The Turn and The Ticket. All 23 teams participate in the first two tournaments.
The top five teams from two conferences qualify for the playoffs, while the other 13 teams compete in The Ticket. The winning team from either conference reserves the last two spots in the playoffs. This season, the NBA2k League are awarding US$1.5 million in prize money for The Tipoff, The Turn and the playoffs.
To demonstrate the popularity of the competition, these are some interesting facts.
- Content from the league has generated more than 441 million video views across all NBA and NBA 2K League social media platforms.
- The esports audience is estimated to reach 474 million this year and will generate revenues of US$1.08 billion, according to Newzoo.
- The NBA2k series has sold close to 110 million copies globally.
- Last year’s game sold more than 15 million copies worldwide.
- The online game remains the number one PC sports game in China, where close to 49.5 million people are registered users.
- Several NBA teams, owners and former players have been looking into the Esports industry and started investing in Esports franchises and holding companies.
Can I only bet on esports matches in Australia?
Actually, Picklebet allows users to place bets on Esports fixtures and tournaments from around the world.
What happens if there is a draw?
When a fixture between two teams or players ends in a draw and there is no draw outcome available for selection, the result is a push. Consequently, the bet is voided. If you had a single bet, your stake is returned to you and if it was part of a multi bet, the bet is settled based on the remaining legs in the bet and their combination.
What is a multi-bet?
This is a series of single bets referred to as legs. You can combine various Esports in a multi-bet which will increase the potential payout with each leg. However, every prediction must be correct for you to win.