NBA 2K partners with DUX Gaming to add team from Mexico for 2022 season

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  • Eric GomezMexico writer

The NBA 2K League announced a partnership with DUX Gaming on Wednesday to start its inaugural enlargement into Latin The usa.

On the heels of the NBA G League officially welcoming a Mexican staff in 2021, the NBA 2K League is following go well with to broaden its world-wide footprint. DUX Gaming, a sports firm dependent in Madrid, will announce the team’s property town at a later date. The staff will join the Gen.G Tigers of Shanghai as the league’s next franchise outside of the United States and Canada.

The newly announced Mexican team will begin perform in the spring of 2022, when the upcoming NBA 2K League period is set to kick off. Previous NBA 2K League Draft prospect Rafael “RafaelTGR” Tobias Garcera Rodrigo was named the general manager for DUX Gaming’s enlargement staff.

“This is a historic day as we welcome a further leading intercontinental corporation to the NBA 2K League family members,” explained NBA 2K League president Brendan Donohue. “DUX Gaming has a shown monitor history of increasing its lover base in new and resourceful approaches which helps make it an perfect spouse to help the NBA 2K League successfully extend to Latin The us, where by basketball and 2K are previously incredibly common. We’re thrilled that DUX Gaming will symbolize Mexico in the NBA 2K League for many years to appear.”

Launched in 2018, DUX Gaming has speedily evolved into a multi-pronged venture that has expanded beyond video game titles. In 2020, it became the 1st eSports organization to obtain a semi-professional soccer club, buying DUX Internacional de Madrid, a 3rd-tier Spanish staff. DUX Gaming also owns DUX Logroño, a women’s soccer club. Authentic Madrid star Thibaut Courtois is a critical trader in DUX Gaming, together with Genuine Betis striker Borja Iglesias.

“As an firm recognized in Europe, it is a legitimate honor to now grow to be the 1st NBA 2K League staff in Latin The usa,” mentioned DUX Gaming Main Government Officer Mario Fernández. “We are not able to hold out to operate with Brendan and the entire NBA 2K League group to build our fanbase in Mexico and extend their viewers to Latin America with the hope that everyone, primarily Spanish speakers, will join the infinite club.”

Athletics information creator DjMaRiiO is envisioned to collaborate with DUX Gaming by way of localized information and grassroots events aimed at Mexican and Latin American communities. Throughout social media platforms, DjMaRiiO features a total of over 10 million subscribers and followers, which enables for a developed-in audience. DUX Gaming’s Mexican expansion workforce will take part in the impending Nov. 17 NBA 2K League growth draft, where by it will be able to take up to 3 players to add to the 6-participant roster each and every crew is allotted.

The NBA 2K League tipped off its inaugural season in May well 2018 with 17 teams, every affiliated with an NBA franchise. In advance of DUX Gaming’s arrival, the league had expanded to 23 groups, 22 of which are affiliated with NBA groups. Wizards District Gaming are the current again-to-back again champions, owning swept Jazz Gaming in excess of 3 video games previously this thirty day period.