Today, Nintendo shared some more details about its two tournaments at E3 2018: Splatoon 2 World Championship and the Super Smash Bros. Invitational 2018, including how to attend the tournaments in person, in Los Angeles.
First, the Splatoon 2 World Championship. The opening rounds take place on June 11th, from:
- Europe: 12.30AM to 3AM (June 12th)
- UK: 11.30AM (June 11th) to 2AM (June 12th)
- North America (ET): 6.30PM to 9PM
- North America (PT): 3.30PM to 6PM
- Japan: 7.30AM to 10AM (June 12th)
Fans will be able to line up from 12.30PM local time in order to try and get a wristband, and get access to the theater (Belasco Theater, at 1050 S. Hill St. in Los Angeles). Fewers than 500 attendees will be admitted into the event, and naturally, the wristbands will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. Doors open at 2.30PM local time.
The finals of the Splatoon 2 World Championship will start on June 12th at the following time:
- Europe: 10PM
- UK: 9PM
- North America (ET): 4PM
- North America (PT): 1PM
- Japan: 5AM (June 13th)
Fans will be able to start lining up at 10AM local time in order to get access to both the Splatoon 2 World Championship finals and the Super Smash Bros. Invitational 2018. Again, space is limited: less than 500 attendees will be admitted into the event, and badges (not wristbands this time around!) will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors will open at 12PM local time.
The Splatoon 2 World Championship will be commented by the following people:
- Ashley Esqueda (senior editor at CNET)
- Nine (Splatoon 2 U.S./Canada Inkling Open 2018 commenter)
- Jordan Kent
And here’s the 4 teams participating in the Splatoon 2 World Championships:
- Representing Japan is GG BoyZ: Despite coming to E3 2017 as the clear favorites to win, Japan was upset by U.S. team Deadbeat. Dynamon returns to E3 2018 with this new team after winning out over 800 teams in Japan and is looking to bring the trophy home.
- Representing Australia/NZ is Yeah Nah: Arriving as the undefeated champions of the 2018 AUNZ Splatoon 2 Cup, this new team includes 2017 Splatoon 2 World Inkling Invitational participant Latias, who returns to E3 2018 with the goal of scoring key upsets.
- Representing US/Canada is SetToDestroyX: After defeating Japan in the 2017 Splatoon 2 World Inkling Invitational, key members of the U.S. team Deadbeat became SetToDestroyX and continued their dominance by winning tournament after tournament. They return to E3 2018 ready to defend their title after winning out over 500 teams from across the U.S. and Canada.
- Representing Europe is BackSquids: The winners of the Splatoon European Championship in Montreux, Switzerland, this German team brings a fresh name and team spirit aplenty to E3 as they try to take on the rest of the world.
The Super Smash Bros. Invitational 2018 will be commented by the following people:
- Jordan Kent
Finally, Nintendo revealed that attendees who also happen to be My Nintendo members can check in with their My Nintendo QR Code, in order to get a gift (distributed while supplies last, one per My Nintendo member and per day):
- June 11th: Spatoon 2 World Championship Pop Socket
- June 12th: a set of three pins (Nintendo Switch logo, My Nintendo logo, and a special mystery pin)
If you’re planning to attend, click here to learn more about the gifts, and here for the Attendee Policy. You can find more details about Nintendo activities at E3 (including those two tournaments) on the official E3 website!