On Sunday evening, Hawks Talon GC, the official NBA 2K League affiliate of the Atlanta Hawks, hosted Atlanta rapper Kid Saiyan on stream as part of the second installment this season of the team’s award-winning Talon Takeover content series. The stream served as a pregame show before the Hawks Talon’s in-person 5v5 matchup with 76ers GC as part of group play in THE TURN in the NBA 2K League. Hawks Talon hosted fans, friends, and family to witness the competition in person. 76ers GC ultimately came away with the win, 66-61.
“Competition is a part of my DNA and is what drives my fuel for gaming,” said Kid Saiyan. “It was awesome to play 2K with Hawks Talon GC today.”
Kid Saiyan, an Atlanta rapper and son of Atlanta legend T.I., is a recording artist, avid gamer, and Pokémon card collector. He recently appeared at “Hot 107.9 Birthday Bash” at the award-winning State Farm Arena, joining his father as a surprise guest. His most recent project, Wild Rock$tar$, featured Lil Keed and Matt Ox, among others, and he is currently working on new music to be released this year.
He joined the stream to talk about his love for gaming and play NBA 2k with members of Hawks Talon, as well as talk about his music, Atlanta, and more.
“We are grateful to everybody that came out to support us in-person and for all the work done behind the scenes to make another in-person game happen,” said Hawks Talon Director of Esports Wesley Acuff. “We pride ourselves on reaching our fans in new ways each season and having them at our facility is always impactful for us.”
On the virtual court, Hawks Talon and 76ers GC engaged in a back-and-forth affair. MarkDavid Smith (MDS) led both teams with 31 points (13-20 FG), but it was ultimately not enough as the 76ers GC outscored Hawks Talon 28-24 in the second half to secure the win.
In 2020, Hawks Talon announced the creation of the one-of-a-kind content series called Talon Takeover which features celebrities, entertainers and influencers playing various popular video games. The Talon Takeover content series earned the NBA 2K League’s Team Business Award for Best Livestream Program in March 2021. The first installment of the 2023 season featured Memphis crunk rapper Duke Deuce on May 23.