Whether or not you're headed to E3 in a few weeks, Nintendo wants to make sure you get a chance to check out their Splatoon 2 World Championship. Today, the company released details about the event being streamed live from the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles. The livestream will take place on Nintendo's website between June 11th and 12th, while fans who are there in person on Monday can start lining up at 12:30 p.m. for a 2:30 p.m. door time and a start of the opening matches at 3:30 p.m. On Tuesday, the doors will open at Noon and competition starting at 1 p.m.
As for the commentary, the action will be called by sportscaster and Nintendo World Championships commentator Jordan Kent, senior editor at CNET Ashley Esqueda and Splatoon 2 U.S./Canada Inkling Open 2018 announcer Nine. Below are the details on the competing teams.
- Representing Japan is GG BoyZ: Despite coming to E3 2017 as the clear favorites to win, Japan was upset by U.S. team Deadbeat. Dynamon returns to E3 2018 with this new team after winning out over 800 teams in Japan and is looking to bring the trophy home.
- Representing Australia/NZ is Yeah Nah: Arriving as the undefeated champions of the 2018 AUNZ Splatoon 2 Cup, this new team includes 2017 Splatoon 2 World Inkling Invitational participant Latias, who returns to E3 2018 with the goal of scoring key upsets.
- Representing U.S./Canada is SetToDestroyX: After defeating Japan in the 2017 Splatoon 2 World Inkling Invitational, key members of the U.S. team Deadbeat became SetToDestroyX and continued their dominance by winning tournament after tournament. They return to E3 2018 ready to defend their title after winning out over 500 teams from across the U.S. and Canada.
- Representing Europe is BackSquids: The winners of the Splatoon European Championship in Montreux, Switzerland, this German team brings a fresh name and team spirit aplenty to E3 as they try to take on the rest of the world.