Nintendo announced a new and official partnership with PlayVS today that brings Smash Ultimate esports and Splatoon 2 to high schools as recognized varsity athletics.
We’re excited to share an official partnership with @PlayVS that will make #SmashBrosUltimate & #Splatoon2 officially recognized varsity athletics at participating high schools beginning in Fall 2021!
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) May 27, 2021
High School Smash Ultimate
Coming this Fall season on September 20, high schools throughout the US can register for a nationwide scholastic league. Using Super Smash Bros Ultimate and Splatoon 2 as the games for students, Nintendo and PlayVS will work together to grow the gaming industry. Although participating high schools are not determined yet, hundreds of them qualify and can apply to participate.
“As the premier provider for students in the ever-growing world of competitive gaming, PlayVS enables high school teams around the country to compete against each other through online matches and seasonal leagues,”PlayVS stated. “In this partnership with Nintendo, PlayVS becomes the home for high schoolers to compete in officially sanctioned Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Splatoon 2 leagues.”
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Excited to work with @NintendoAmerica as their official scholastic partner to bring Super Smash Bros. Ultimate & Splatoon 2 to our High School leagues starting Fall 2021!
— PlayVS (@playvs) May 27, 2021
PlayVS and Nintendo
Thanks to this partnership, hundreds of schools can apply to receive a free Nintendo Switch. On top of that, 3000 schools can apply for their choice of Smash Ultimate or Splatoon 2 with online membership. Through this partnership and providing students and faculty the tools needed to play, high school esports can expect lots of growth.
Previously, PlayVS entered the esports space through partnerships with Riot Games and Epic Games for Summer Showdown 2020. Now the organization steps it up with another major partnership to boost its reach. Applications can be found on PlayVS’ site for qualifying schools to bring Smash Ultimate esports to their high schools.
Written by Justin Amin
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