Today, Nintendo shared the very first details about their plans for E3 2018, which takes place from June 12th to June 14th in Los Angeles. There will be two tournaments this year: the Super Smash Bros. Invitational 2018, and the Splatoon 2 World Championship 2018. Naturally, both will be livestreamed on YouTube and Twitch!
Super Smash Bros. Invitational 2018
4 years ago, during the Super Smash Bros. Invitational at E3 2014, Nintendo showcased Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. And 4 years later, the company is about to do the same with the new Super Smash Bros. game for Nintendo Switch, releasing later this year worldwide.
We don’t know anything about this tournament, other than it will be played on the new Super Smash Bros. game (that much was obvious!). Since it’s an “invitational” tournament, only players invited by Nintendo will be able to compete. More details about the tournament, including the list of participants, as well as the time and date, will be shared closer to E3 2018.
We don’t know if there will be any announcement during the tournament itself (such as new fighters), but it’s quite likely Nintendo will have a few surprises up their sleeve!
Splatoon 2 World Championship 2018
The Splatoon 2 World Championship 2018 will take place on June 11th and June 12th. 4 of the top teams in the world will compete, in order to get their hands on the Splatoon Sterling Squid.
The 4 teams are from the following regions:
- Japan: winning team of the Splatoon Koshien 2018
- Europe: winning team of the Splatoon European Championship
- Australia and New Zealand: winning team of the Splatoon 2 Cup 2018
- United States and Canada: winning team of the Splatoon 2 Inkling Open 2018
More details about the tournament will be shared at a later date!
Splatoon 2 Inkling Open 2018
The Splatoon 2 Inkling Open 2018 is an online tournament taking place ahead of E3 2018 in the United States and Canada, to decide who will get to go to the Splatoon 2 World Championship 2018. Naturally, it’s only open to people living in one of these two countries!
Here’s what you have to do in order to participate:
- Grab your Nintendo Switch system and three teammates (and one alternate) for this open, online tournament.
- Register your team at battlefy.com/splatoon2
- Check in during the hour before the tournament.
- Use Battlefy’s Private Match Chat to splat your opponents!
The Open Qualifiers will take place on April 21st, at 11AM PT / 2PM ET, and will be played on Turf War. The Finals will take place on April 28th at 8AM PT / 11AM ET / 4PM BST / 3PM CET / 10PM JST, and will be played on Ranked Battle. The Finals will be livestreamed
Here’s what you can win:
- First Place Prize. Each individual on the Team that finishes first in the Tournament will receive a First Place prize. In order to receive the First Place prize, at least four (4) players on the Team must agree to participate in the Splatoon 2 World Championship 2018 in Los Angeles on June 11-12, 2018 (additional details to be provided a later time). The First Place prize consists of the following (subject to the restrictions specified herein) (again, for each individual on the Team that finishes first in the Tournament):
- Participation in the Splatoon 2 World Championship 2018 (ARV $0).
- One (1) round-trip coach-class transportation from a major U.S. or Canadian commercial airport near the winner’s home to the metro Los Angeles area (however, at Nintendo’s discretion, if the winner lives within reasonable driving distance of Los Angeles, he or she may receive round-trip ground transportation to Los Angeles in lieu of the airline tickets) (ARV $350 each) arriving in Los Angeles by no later than June 11, 2018, at a time determined by Nintendo.
- Three (3) nights lodging in a hotel chosen by Nintendo in the Los Angeles, CA area (one standard room, single occupancy) for nights of June 11, 2018 through June 13, 2018. All travel arrangements will be made by Nintendo, on dates and times to be determined by Nintendo, in Nintendo’s sole discretion. (ARV $1,200 each).
- One (1) three-day pass to E3 2018 from June 12, 2018 through June 14, 2018 (ARV $249). Note that entry to E3 may have age and other restrictions.
- $225 total per diem (total for trip).
- One (1) Download code for Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion DLC (ARV $19.99 each).
- One (1) Pearl & Marina amiibo 2-Pack (ARV $25 each).
Total ARV of each First Place prize: $2,068.99.
- Second Place Prize: Each individual on the Team that finishes second in the Tournament will receive (a) one (1) download code for Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion DLC (ARV $19.99 each); and (b) one Pearl & Marina amiibo 2-pack (ARV $25 each). Total ARV of each Second Place prize: $44.99.
- Third Place Prize: Each individual on the Team that finishes third in the Tournament will receive one Pearl & Marina amiibo 2-pack (ARV $25 each).