Nintendo Announces Partnership With PlayVS Establishing High School And College Esports Leagues

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Nintendo is taking two of its top competitive titles back to school, announcing a partnership with amateur esports organizer PlayVS to bring Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Splatoon 2 to the high school and college level.

The deal will add Smash Bros. and Splatoon to PlayVS’s growing list of offered esports titles–which already includes EA’s Madden and FIFA franchises, Riot’s League of Legends, and Psyonix’s Rocket League–for the Fall 2021 competitive season. A third Nintendo title, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, will begin competition in Spring 2022.

Qualifying schools will be sent a Nintendo Switch system, as well as the game they register to play and a 12-month Nintendo Switch Online individual membership. According to the official release, schools can “check with their respective state athletic associations to see which games will be available for their state leagues this fall,” and coaches interested in joining the leagues can apply for the waitlist here.

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