Devin Armani Booker emerges as champion of 2K Games' esports tournament “NBS 2K Players Tournament”. The American basketball professional of the Phoenix Suns defeated his teammate Deandre Ayton on Saturday in the final, which was broadcast on ESPN, among others. Of course, the basketball star doesn't collect the prize money himself - instead, the sum of 100.000 US dollars goes to two projects selected by Booker.


The US $ 100.000 prize money goes to the #FirstRespondersFirst projects and the Arizona Food Bank Network to support the ongoing corona crisis, which has hit the United States particularly hard. The #FirstRespondersFirst fund provides supplies, equipment and resources for the protection and care of first aiders .; The Arizona Food Bank Network is a not-for-profit organization that supports five regional food banks in Arizona and has built a network of nearly 1.200 food suppliers and suppliers. 

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Until the final of the NBA 2K Players Tournament, it was a path over several rounds for the two basketball professionals of the Phoenix Suns. This esports challenge was a knockout tournament held from April 4th to April 11th. A total of 16 NBA professionals competed against each other on Xbox One.
On his way to becoming NBA 2K Players Champion, Booker beat Michael Porter Jr., Rui Hachimura, Montrezl Harrell and most recently Deandre Ayton. Booker beat the latter in a best-of-3 encounter. In game one, in which he played as Houston Rockets against Ayton as Los Angeles Lakers, he won relaxed 72:62. In the second game, Booker confirmed his performance as the Denver Nuggets and beat Ayton, who played as the Milwaukee Bucks, again with a 74-62 win.

Participating in the NBA 2K Players Tournament was a lot of fun. The fact that I won has spurred my sportsmanship, and I'm happy that I was able to give our fans a little pinch of basketball and at the same time help support the Covid 19 relief efforts.
Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns basketball pro

Incidentally, the charity tournament didn't stop at $ 100.000 in prize money. Both Booker and Phoenix Suns added additional funds to the amount, which will now benefit employees in the care sector and people in need due to the corona virus.

The charity campaign is an extension of Bookers Starting Five Initiative and his support for other charitable projects. He has already pledged $ 2,5 million through Phoenix Suns Charities for the next five years and was recently named global ambassador for the Special Olympics. Additional donations are also possible via Booker's Twitch channel: Twitch.tv/DBook.

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For the professional athletes, the e-sports format was probably a welcome change. The ongoing operations of the NBA are currently interrupted due to the global corona pandemic, and basketball players are no different from other athletes all over the world. In times of Corona and the associated restrictions, e-sports are establishing themselves as the ideal alternative to physical sports. 

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