As a precursor to the E3 press event in Los Angeles, Nintendo will be promoting a Splatoon 2 World Championship tournament in the lead-up to anticipated industry announcements.
The Japanese titans will be hosting a two-day tournament at the Belasco Theater in Downtown LA; consisting of regional title holders across the globe looking to win intercontinental gold. The tournament will run on the 11th and 12th of June, leading into the Electronic Entertainment Expo, which starts on the 12th and concludes on the 14th.
The finalists for the Splatoon 2 world title are this year’s champions for Japan, North America, Australasia, and Europe respectively. Japan’s representatives are “GGBoyZ”, defeating over 800 teams in the domestic tournament to earn their place in the finals.
North America is represented by “SetToDestroyX”, a splinter group of the dominant team in competitive Splatoon, Deadbeat. Marked as the favourites by Nintendo, they are the reigning and defending champions.
The Australasian side is “Yeah Nah”, a relatively new group who went completely undefeated during the 2018 Splatoon 2 cup in Australia and New Zealand.
Finally, rounding out the pack are the European champions, German side “BackSquids”; who are hoping that their recent rebranding will bring them luck and success on the world stage.
The action will be commentated by sportscaster and former Seattle Seahawk Jordan Kent, CNET senior editor Ashley Esqueda, and Splatoon 2 expert Nine.
Doug Bowser, SVP of Sales and Marketing at Nintendo’s American wing, is looking forward to the event. “These competitions feature some of the top players from around the world, and they always put on an amazing show,” he said earlier today.
The tournament will be available to watch live on Nintendo’s Twitch channel, and there will be free but limited access to spectate if you’re in the DTLA area. Those who watch the tournament in person will be eligible to claim exclusive Nintendo gift items, such as lapel pins.
Doors will open at 12pm on the days of the tournament, with the action kicking off at 1.