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NBA 2K League announces Asia-Pacific Invitational in Seoul

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Jack "Jaacko" Stevenson says the NBA 2K League events definitely help those who are not in the United States gain more exposure. (1:44)

The NBA 2K League announced Wednesday that it will host its Asia-Pacific Invitational in Seoul.

The APAC Invitational will take place Monday, Jan. 20 and Tuesday, Jan. 21, and participating players have a chance to earn draft eligibility for the 2K League. Twenty players from Australia, China, New Zealand, the Philippines and South Korea will take part, according to a statement from the league.

Gen.G, the owner of a 2K League expansion franchise in Shanghai, assisted in the buildup to the event by putting on the recent Shanghai Invitational. The NBA 2K League combine and past performances at 2K events were considered in identifying APAC Invitational competitors.

The inaugural APAC Invitational led one participant to the 2K League: New Zealand native Jack "Jaacko" Stevenson was picked 50th overall by Pistons GT in the 2019 draft. Pistons GT is the 2K League representative for the Detroit Pistons.

"We're excited to be holding our second Asia-Pacific invitational in Seoul and that Gen.G will be working with us on the event as part of our strategic relationship to develop elite NBA 2K talent across the Asia-Pacific region," NBA 2K League managing director Brendan Donohue said in a statement. "Last season's APAC Invitational identified several players who became eligible for the NBA 2K League Draft, and given the talent in the region, we fully expect the level of competition to be even greater this year."

Tournament play will begin at 1:30 a.m. ET Monday and will be streamed on the 2K League's Twitch and YouTube channels.

The APAC Invitational is another step to help the 2K League develop a foothold outside the United States. In December, the league hosted an event in London with the same format that brought in 20 players from Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, Turkey and the U.K.

The league also announced that Gen.G will reveal the branding and team name of the Shanghai franchise on Monday during the APAC Invitational.