Earlier this month, NBA 2K21 was released and have generally been received well by gamers for its great gameplay and grand looks, especially on next-generation consoles. I too enjoyed the game, and it was a wonderful way to de-stress myself after a long day.
With that said, 2K, the publishers of the game, is kicking off their first-ever 2KFest as a way to celebrate music, basketball, gaming and most importantly culture. The global live stream will last for 24 hours from November 20 at 4:00 p.m. GMT+8 to 3:59 p.m. GMT+8 the next day.
2KFest is a go!
Get ready for an interesting ride as 2KFest gets hosted by big names such as sports broadcaster, Ros Gold-Onwude, and FIFA World Cup Golden Glove winner and current Real Madrid goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois.
The event will also feature both NBA and WNBA superstars and legends in a series of segments and interviews where they’ll share their experiences of how sport has influenced lifestyle, art, music and other incredible things.
On top of that, 2KFest is going to celebrating the impact that music has had on basketball and gaming by featuring performances from some of the badass artists in the world; like Rich Brain, Captaine Roshi, Hotboii and many more!
This massive event will span across three regions around the globe, starting in APAC, then moving on to Europe and concluding in North America.
Here’s an itinerary of what you can expect from the live stream:
- Musical Performances: Tune in for 88rising Presents: Rich Brian, NIKI, CHUNG HA, Dumbfoundead, and Audrey Nuna.
- Evolution of Game: An engaging look at how the basketball experience has changed since 2010, both in NBA 2K21 and the NBA. Transitioning from hot highlights into an exclusive player panel, Kevin Durant, and Shaquille O’Neal discuss the impact 2K continues to have on their lives – from playing as a kid, to battling with teammates, to gaming in the 2020 “bubbles”.
- 2K MoCap: Motion capture technology – and the motion capture team – is one of the game’s true unsung heroes. With the help of Ben Simmons and Zion Williamson, this segment explores the magic behind-the-scenes: from the state-of-the-art studio to the dedicated team to the athletes who make NBA stars come to life, making NBA 2K the most lifelike sports game today.
- Everything is Game: Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, Ben Simmons, Jayson Tatum, and Zion Williamson weigh in on the off-the-court elements that bring 2K to life, including unforgettable cover art, inspiration behind in-game fashion, and the influences behind the best soundtrack in gaming.
- Courtside Reports: This guided conversation puts NBA 2K Executive Producer, Erick Boenisch, and Gameplay Director, Mike Wang, front and center for a Q&A around the making of one of the most beloved gaming franchises in the world.
- Home Court Advantage: An in-depth look at 2K Foundations, the program’s core objectives, previous accomplishments and future plans for global community engagement. Discover the program’s recent court renovation: Cal Johnson Court (Knoxville, TN), hear interviews from Candace Parker, Anthony Davis, and others, as well as kids who shoot on these courts every day, and key community members – all focused on what the court means to the community at large.
- Open Gym: A showcase of how different communities around the world rule the 2K courts. From countries playing for continental bragging rights, to high-profile names claiming their crown in the first Next Gen NBA 2K21 tournament, get your first look at the game that is truly global.
- 2K League Inside the Game: An exclusive Gamer Panel brings together top 2K League gamers for a conversation that traces their journey from amateur to professional, dives deep into the unique 2020 season, and looks ahead to the 2021 season and beyond.
How to watch the live stream?
You can catch the 2KFest live stream on either Twitter or YouTube, and there’s even a chance of free giveaways of Digital PS5 Standard Edition Game Codes and as well as exclusive Locker Codes throughout the stream! For more information on the giveaways, please click here.
And for those of you who have already owned the game, be sure to enter The City or The Neighborhood in NBA 2K21 to get a 2KFest virtual sweatshirt for your MyPLAYER!
For additional details on 2KFest, you can visit their official site here.