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Nintendo details Arms, Pokkén, and Splatoon E3 tournaments (updated)

Nintendo brings amateurs and pros together to compete at E3 2017.



Nintendo - Splatoon 2 and Arms E3 tournaments

Nintendo brings amateurs and pros together to compete at E3 2017.

Nintendo has revealed more details on the format and participants of the Splatoon 2 and Arms tournaments being held at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles.

Updated June 7th: As revealed on the recent Pokémon Direct, there will also be a Pokkén Tournament DX held on Wednesday June 14th.


Splatoon 2 World Inkling Invitational

Schedule: Tuesday, June 13th – 2:30pm PT

The fun begins on the first day of E3 with the 2017 Splatoon 2 World Inkling Invitational. Four global regions will go head-to-head in four four-person teams. The participating teams are Deadbeat from the US, Dynameu from Japan, Rising Moon from Europe, and the Blue Ringed Octolings from Australia and New Zealand.

The tournament will begin with a round-robin Turf War tournament that will decide the Round 2 seeding. Teams will then battle in Splatoon 2’s Ranked Battle mode. The semi-final stage will be a best-of-five battle, which will be followed by a best-of-seven championship decider.

Confirmed announcers for the Splatoon 2 E3 tournament are athlete and broadcaster Jordan Kent, CNET’s Ashley Esqueda, and Eric Smith from the Nintendo Treehouse.

2017 Pokkén Tournament DX Invitational

Schedule: Wednesday, June 14 – 10:30am PT

Eight YouTube and Twitch personalities will put new Pokémon fighters to the test in Pokkén Tournament DX for Nintendo Switch. The announcers for the invitational are Jordan Kent, D1 and VikkiKitty

2017 ARMS Open Invitational

Schedule: Wednesday, June 14th – 3:30pm PT

The 2017 ARMS Open Invitational will be held on Wednesday June 14th, and will pit four professional gamers against E3 attendees, who can qualify at Nintendo’s booth. The top four competitors will be selected to face off against a confirmed pro-gamer roster that includes Alex Valle, Kelsy Medeiros, Daniel “Tafokints” Lee, and Marie-Laure “Kayane” Norindr. The announcers for the invitational are broadcasters D1 and VikkiKitty.


If you can’t make it to E3 you can watch both tournaments via Nintendo’s E3 2017 website and Twitch channel.

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