Magic Gaming and locally-owned and operated Papa John’s in Central Florida will team up for a first-of-its-kind partnership in the NBA 2K League offering fans a winning combination – the Papa John’s MGWIN promotion. The promotion offers Central Florida fans 50 percent off their regular menu price online order the day after any Magic Gaming victory when they enter the promo code ‘MGWIN’ at PapaJohns.com. The Papa John’s MGWIN offer will be available for all Magic Gaming matchups during the 2019 NBA 2K League season. Magic Gaming plays again Wednesday, May 15 when they take on Pistons GT. The game will be livestreamed on the league’s Twitch channel. Magic Gaming has played five of its 16 regular season games and currently stands at 2-3 (4-2 in tournament play).
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Emails sent anonymously to Dexerto show that former Los Angeles Lakers player and actor Rick Fox has declared he will be severing all ties with the Echo Fox organization. The decision comes amid an exchange from a partner within Vision Esports, the investment group that put money into Echo Fox, seemingly using racist language towards a high profile representative of their business interests. In an email sent on April 19, Rick Fox addressed all major stakeholders and informed them of his intention to leave saying the following:
The incident that seems to have triggered this decisive response from Rick Fox is the use of a racial epithet aimed at Jace Hall, former CEO of Echo Fox and Head Custodian of Twin Galaxies, in a heated email exchange. In an internal business dispute between Jace Hall and a member Vision Venture Partners, whose esports division invested in the Echo Fox brand, the shareholder used the n-word to describe Hall who is of African-American descent. We are currently withholding the shareholder’s name pending a response to comment.
The NBA 2K League will have $1.2 million in its prize pool for the 2019 season, up $200,000 from the inaugural season last year. Players will receive a base salary of $33,000 for a six-month commitment, with up to $38,000 for players retained from the 2018 season. Meanwhile, the prize pool will be spread out over four tournaments and the league playoffs, with $120,000 up for grabs in the season-opening “THE TIPOFF” tournament. “THE TURN” and “THE TICKET” tournaments each will have $180,000 available in prize money, while the league playoffs will be worth $720,000.
NBA legend Michael Jordan is playing the esports game now, leading a $26 million round of funding for the ownership group aXiomatic. For Jordan and new co-investor Declaration Capital — the family office investing the personal wealth of David Rubenstein, who co-founded and serves as co-executive chairman of the multi-billion-dollar private equity firm, The Carlyle Group — investing in esports looks like a slam dunk.