Since Nintendo's 'preview trailer' that ended with a showcase of a Splatoon 2 competitive event (albeit the sequel wasn't formally confirmed at that point), it's been clear that the Switch could be well equipped for the eSports scene.

Nintendo has now outlined two key features in the sequel that'll make the shooter perfectly suited for competitive play - LAN Play and Spectator View. The former allows you to setup eight docks and connect them locally, which "allows players to create local Private Battle tournaments without the need for an Internet connection". In addition, a Spectator View will allow for potentially entertaining streams with up to two non-players able to access a private battle and control the view of the battlefield.

The formal translations around the feature have been shared on Tumblr and Twitter, below.

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Previously, we've reported that Splatoon 2 will allow up to eight Nintendo Switch systems to connect via local wireless to play Private Battles. In addition to this, a new feature called LAN Play will enable players to connect eight docked systems using a wired LAN setup. This feature allows players to create local Private Battle tournaments without the need for an Internet connection.

If you're willing to put in the work to set up LAN Play, you can also use the Private Battle Spectator View feature by hooking up two additional Nintendo Switch systems. Local wireless play is perfect for your regular gaming get-togethers, but LAN Play is where it's at when you want to organize a serious tournament event with your fellow players.


Eureka! We've just discovered a breakthrough in squid-observation technology! In Splatoon 2, a new feature called Private Battle Spectator View will allow up to two non-players to spectate a Private Battle. These two people act as camera operators in order capture all the action. This is, of course, in addition to the 8 players who fight in the Private Battle. Outstanding!

Do you think these features could help Splatoon 2's role in competitive eSports events?