It's evident that Nintendo is eager to make steps into eSports. We've seen the company improve its support for the Super Smash Bros. and Pokkén Tournament scenes, and the recent Nintendo Switch preview trailer featured a Splatoon-centric competitive scenario at the end. It's a growing industry, and Nintendo naturally wants a slice of the action.
Nintendo doesn't have many games ideally suited for eSports, either venue-based or online, but it is trying to boost the latter approach with Battlefy in North America. It's promoting the upcoming Splatoon Showdown Series, as you can see below.
All based online and using an official website and service, each of the core modes will be supported with qualifiers and then Finals throughout November. Teams of four are needed and after the site matches opponents it's up to team captains to register, liaise through the site and then report the results of a match. First place team prizes are listed below and it's North America only:
- Exclusive Poster Autographed by the Splatoon Development Team
- Splatoon Plush
- Splatoon Series amiibo Figures (3-pack set)
- Squid Pin
- Splatoon Squid Collectible Figure
Services like this can be rather fiddly to use - for an idea of how it works check out this information page.
Do any of you plan to get a team together for this?
@DiscoGentleman I doubt that was not intended
@ekreig same i know nothing about the esports teams and stuff
i got no friends tho
Takes me back to my MSN Gaming Zone days of hosting Midtown Madness tourneys. Kind of crazy they don't have a more automated system for tourneys on Splatoon. Maybe on Switch they will?
If they started pushing it hard, I can see Nintendo being popular in the esports scene. Splatoon was very well received, and Smash already has a following.
Maybe they could develop a new F-Zero with an online focused on the competitive scene, leaving Mario Kart to the more friendly scene.
I would love to participate. Who wants to team up with me? For Turf War, I'm best with N'Zap '89. With Rainmaker, I'm best with Luna Neo Blasters.
I'd just dusted this game off, too. Always been more of a lone wolf type though, so a little sad at the total lack of individual-centric gameplay in Splatoon.
Huh, weird coincidence. I listened to some of Splatune (the OST) earlier.
Competitive play in Splatoon has been a long time coming. Here's hoping they promote it heavily and get a nice solid fanbase early on.
@abbyhitter I'd be down to form a team with you! I play all modes with N-Zap '89!!
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