Nintendo and PlayVS announced a partnership to bring some of Nintendo’s most competitive franchises to official high school varsity eSports programs. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Splatoon 2 will be added to the PlayVS lineup for the Fall 2021 season, allowing high school teams to compete in those games beginning September 20. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will join the roster for the Spring 2022 season next year.

The partnership also provides free Nintendo Switch systems to qualifying students that compete in the PlayVS Nintendo league. Three thousand qualifying schools will receive Smash Bros. or Splatoon, along with a 12-month Nintendo Switch Online membership. Details on how to qualify will be shared later.

“Partnering with Nintendo and offering our players a selection of titles from its legendary roster of games is something I’ve wanted to do since I started PlayVS,” said Delane Parnell, Founder and CEO, PlayVS. “It’s a privilege to work alongside such an iconic company like Nintendo. We take great pride in being able to offer competitive Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Splatoon 2 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe to our community. This partnership ensures that high school students now have an official path to competitive play for these immensely popular games.”

Teams interested in joining the competition for the 2021-2022 season can join the waitlist here. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is rated E for Everyone. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Splatoon 2 are rated E10+.

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