There are 16 qualifying tournaments and four exhibition tournaments all online with the tournament champion of the 16 qualifying finalists winning $250,000.
The tournament excludes Arizona residents, according to the news release. Officials later informed The Republic that Arizona is excluded because "skilled gaming is prohibited and not legal" in the state.
An avid NBA2K gamer, Ayton is hosting an online tournament Oct. 21. The Suns open the 2023-24 regular season Oct. 24 at Golden State on the NBA's opening night.
Here's the list of 16 NBA players hosting the online qualifying tournaments.
Oct. 21: Deandre Ayton (Phoenix Suns).
Jan. 13: Mike Conley, Jr. (Minnesota Timberwolves).
The 16 finalists compete in an online tournament Feb. 3-4. The semifinals and finals will be played Feb. 15 in Miami as the four finalists will be flown to the city for it.
The tournament runner-up takes $100,000 while third-place and fourth-place finishers receive $50,000 each. The fifth through eighth place will bank $25,000 each.
The top 16 finalists of each qualifier tournament will capture $20,000, the 16 runners-up get $4,000 each and those finishing third or fourth will receive $500 each.
There is also a four exhibition tournaments that each have a $10,000 prize pool and being hosted by Dorian Finney-Smith (Brooklyn Nets) on Oct. 11, Andre Drummond (Chicago Bulls) on Nov. 1, Andrew Wiggins (Golden State Warriors) on Nov. 22 and De'Anthony Melton (Philadelphia 76ers) on Dec. 13.
The exhibition tournament champion wins $8,000, second place takes home $1,000 while third and fourth place get $500 each. Gamers can compete in the exhibitions and qualifying tournaments.
Game participants can enter the competition for free beginning Thursday at 10 a.m. on the Play One Up mobile app on Apple or Android.
Gamers must have the following to compete in the tournament.
Residents of the U.S. and D.C. (excluding Arizona).
Age 13 or older.
Have valid One Up account.
Access to NBA 2K24 on PS5 or Xbox X/S.
Have internet access and access to a PSN ID with the PS Plus Service or an Xbox X/S with a gamertag and the Xbox Gold service.
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Got here early.
When you're walking from the hotel to the arena with that heat out there, can't wait too late into the day unless you want to overcook.
Took a stroll around the inside of the arena and saw this.
Keep Resting In Power, Kobe Bean Bryant. #NBA2KSummerLeague pic.twitter.com/s0L5iHnigR
— Duane Rankin (@DuaneRankin) July 10, 2023
Eligible players can compete in one or more of the 16 qualifying tournaments beginning Sept. 23 at noon. Registration closes one hour prior to starting time for each qualifying tournament.
One Up is the official on-demand esports platform for NBA2K.
“Our partnership with 2K is about lowering the barrier to enter esports competitions as we believe esports should be for all,” said One Up CEO Brandon Pitts in a news release. “We are pumped to be one of the first major tournaments for NBA 2K24 across multiple platforms and provide fans of the game the opportunity to compete against others with the chance to win game-changing cash prizes.”
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This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Deandre Ayton hosts One Up X NBA 2K24 Championship qualifying tourney