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Points win prizes in this week’s new Tetris 99 event

The next global Tetris 99 event starts soon, with My Nintendo Gold points on offer for the best players.



Tetris 99 11th Maximus Cup
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The next global Tetris 99 event starts soon, with My Nintendo Gold points on offer for the best players.

The annoying thing about Tetris 99 events is that Nintendo uses different naming conventions for each region. For example, this week’s event is billed as a Lunar New Year Point Stacking Challenge Maximus Cup in North America, but it’s The Winter Point Hunt Grand Prix in Europe. In Australia and New Zealand, it’s the Summer Point Hunt. Confused yet?

The good thing about Tetris 99 events, however, is that they are enormous fun. They help to refresh the player base, and the rewards, although hard to win, don’t feel unobtainable.


This week’s Maximus Cup/Grand Prix runs for four days and is offering My Nintendo Gold Points as a prize.

In North America, event points are earned on placement throughout the four days. The top 999 players with the most event points will win 999 My Nintendo Gold Points.

Tetris 99 Placement and Points

  • 1st – 100 points
  • 2nd – 50 points
  • 3rd – 30 points
  • 4th-10th – 20 points
  • 11th-30th – 15 points
  • 31st-50th – 10 points
  • 51st-90th – 5 points
  • 91st-99th – 1 point

In Europe, every 100 points achieved earns a draw ticket. The more tickets you have, the more chances you get to win 999 Gold Points. To clarify how it works, we’ll quote the event’s terms and conditions:

“The number of tickets a participant receives will equal their total number of points divided by 100, rounded down to the next integer. Example: a participant with a total of 468 points by the end of the event will receive 4 tickets for the draw (468 / 100 = 4,68 -> 4).”

Confused yet? Thought not.

Gold Points can be redeemed on the Nintendo eShop for credit against Switch video games, or against discounts on Nintendo 3DS games and themes.

Here are the event times.

Tetris 99 January 2020 Event Times

  • CET – 8am, Jan. 31, 2020 – 8am, Feb. 4, 2020
  • GMT – 7am, Jan. 31, 2020 – 7am, Feb. 4, 2020
  • ET – 2am, Jan. 31, 2020 – 2am, Feb. 4, 2020
  • PT – 11pm, Jan. 30, 2020 – 11pm, Feb. 3, 2020

Good luck, dear readers.

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