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Nintendo Announces Partnership With High School Esports Organization PlayVS

Nintendo announced it recently partnered with PlayVS to make Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Splatoon 2 officially recognized by high school varsity esports programs across North America. The two titles will be added to PlayVS’s lineup of games for the Fall 2021 High School season.

“We know there are many Nintendo fans with incredible gaming talent who are looking for more ways to explore competitive play and participate in tournaments,” said Bill Trinen, Nintendo of America’s Senior Director of Product Marketing. “Working with a community-focused organization like PlayVS is an important next step as Nintendo expands our support for competitive play and helps more players explore gaming in a competitive space. High school students from all around the country will be able to put their skills to the test in Nintendo Switch games in a competitive setting – and hopefully, make some awesome memories along the way.”

This exclusive partnership will allow high schoolers to compete in officially sanctioned Super Smash Bros. UltimateSplatoon 2, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe matches. This deal will also see many Nintendo Switch systems donated to hundreds of Canadian and American institutions that are scheduled to compete in the PlayVS Nintendo title league during the 2021-22 school year.

PlayVS is one of the leading high school esports platforms in the United States and Canada. The organization works to create a single, unified community of high school-aged gamers.

The Profit‘s Take:

This announcement was definitely a surprise. There is a lot of negative feedback around the PlayVS product, and I would have thought that Nintendo (especially Nintendo!) would have been more picky with their choice of partner in high schools.

(All information was provided by Business Wire and The Esports Observer)

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