Nintendo is clearly aware of the importance of eSports, a phenomenon that attracts millions of fans across a huge range of global events every year. The competitive gaming scene is perhaps biggest in the PC space, with titles like League of Legends being prominent, but Nintendo brands such as Pokémon and Super Smash Bros. also enjoy popularity in a variety of tournaments.
One of the first events to feature both IPs this year will be Apex 2015, which is running over the weekend from 30th January to 1st February. Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire will appear, as will every home console Super Smash Bros. game, including the latest Wii U release. There's a notable absence of Project M - which can be popular on the competitive scene - and it's clear why; Apex 2015 has confirmed a partnership with Nintendo of America.
At the time of writing there are no details on what this partnership will entail, with no mention as yet on the official website. It may simply be that Nintendo is supplying equipment and prizes for the main event, or perhaps there'll be extra and more direct assistance. We'll likely find out soon enough.
Following the success of the Super Smash Bros. Invitational at E3 last year, and a few other official Smash Bros. tournaments and live streams from Nintendo, we expect this won't be the only partnership of this nature in 2015.