In front of local fans at the Pavilion at Pan Am in downtown Indianapolis, Pacers Gaming – the NBA 2K League affiliate of the Indiana Pacers – captured the franchise’s first NBA 2K League tournament championship and a first-place prize of $60,000 after defeating Pistons GT 4-1 in a seven-game series as part of the Coinbase NBA2KL 3v3 SWITCH OPEN. Pacers Gaming finished the SWITCH OPEN with an overall game record of 30-9 and series record of 9-1. Point guard Zach “Vandi” Vandivier was named the SWITCH OPEN Finals MVP after averaging 14 points and 2.4 assists across the championship series.
Game 1: Pacers Gaming 22 – Pistons GT 14
Game 2: Pacers Gaming 22 – Pistons GT 17
Game 3: Pistons GT 21 – Pacers Gaming 16
Game 4: Pacers Gaming 23 – Pistons GT 18
Game 5: Pacers Gaming 21 – Pistons GT 13
The Coinbase NBA2KL 3v3 SWITCH OPEN is the second of three 3v3 tournaments (SLAM OPEN, SWITCH OPEN, STEAL OPEN) that are part of the NBA2KL 3v3 BLACKTOP SERIES. The SWITCH OPEN included all 24 NBA 2K League teams, North American amateur teams that earned a spot through the tournament’s qualifying event and Community Teams selected by the league and consisting of top players from the 2K community and social media influencers.
The SWITCH OPEN tournament stages included:
- May 18 – 28 SWITCH OPEN Amateur North America Qualifying Event (Remote)
- June 14 – 17 SWITCH OPEN Group Play (Remote)
- June 21 – 24 SWITCH OPEN Group Play (Remote)
- June 29 – July 2 SWITCH OPEN Bracket Play (NBA 2K League Studio, Indianapolis)
2022 competitions continue with Seed Weeks July 5-29. Each NBA 2K League team will play five 3v3 and 5v5 matches that will finalize which teams automatically qualify for the NBA2KL Championships and determine seeding in the Coinbase NBA2KL 3v3 STEAL OPEN and THE TICKET powered by AT&T.