When Nintendo announced their E3 2017 plans, we knew that the 2017 Splatoon 2 World Inkling Invitational and 2017 ARMS Open Invitational would be a key highlight.
The social, competitive tournaments will take place over two days, and will let fans from around the world tune in online to see pros and amateurs compete for glory in the Nintendo Switch exclusives.
2017 Splatoon 2 World Inkling Invitational – Tuesday 13th June at approximately 10:30 BST (23:30 CEST)
For the first time ever, competitors from four different global regions will compete for world dominance in Splatoon 2. The four four-person teams – “Deadbeat” from the United States, “Dynameu” from Japan, “Rising Moon” from Europe, and “Blue Ringed Octolings” from Australia/New Zealand – defeated their rivals in local tournaments which occurred in recent months.
During the show in Los Angeles, teams will battle in a round-robin Turf War tournament that will decide seeding for the next round. All teams will play one another and get a chance to scope out their opponents’ strengths and weaknesses. In the next round, teams will battle in the game’s Ranked Battle modes. The semi-final stage will be a best-of-five battle, while the championship will be best-of-seven.
European fans who watch the action livestreamed from the U.S. West Coast will see the winning team of the live-streamed tournament win global bragging rights and a special Splatoon 2 trophy engraved with their names. Announcers for the Splatoon 2 tournament will be avid Splatoon player, Nintendo fan, athlete and broadcaster Jordan Kent, Ashley Esqueda of CNET and Eric Smith from the Nintendo Treehouse. Prior to E3, Nintendo of America will release video content highlighting the tactics, strategies and storylines behind competitive Splatoon play.
2017 ARMS Open Invitational – Thursday 15th June at approximately 11:30 BST (00:30 CEST)
Night owls across Europe can check out this live-streamed ARMS competition, which will pit four expert competitive gamers from the fighting game community against E3 attendees who qualify at Nintendo’s booth during certain hours. The top four competitors will be selected to face off against four pro competitive gamers.
The eight tournament participants will do battle until a champion emerges to win the coveted 2017 ARMS Open Invitational championship belt. Announcers for the tourney include Super Smash Bros. broadcasters D1 and VikkiKitty. The participating pro players are Alex Valle of Street Fighter fame; Kelsy Medeiros, a.k.a. SuperGirlKels, a professional Super Smash Bros. for Wii U player hailing from Canada; and acclaimed Super Smash Bros. players Daniel “Tafokints” Lee and Marie-Laure “Kayane” Norindr from France, one of the most decorated professional female fighting game players in history.