Nintendo UK introduces @NintendoUKVS Live: London, an event celebrating competitive Nintendo gaming

Nintendo UK introduces @NintendoUKVS Live! An event celebrating fun competitive Nintendo gaming.

Nintendo fans of the UK mark your calendars, Nintendo UK is kickstarting the rest of its 2018 event schedule with @NintendoUKVS Live: London, taking place 28-29 July at the Royal Horticultural Halls, London. From hardened competitors seeking fame and glory in intense tournaments, to more relaxed gamers eager to chill-out with like-minded fans and go hands-on with the latest games for Nintendo Switch, @NintendoUKVS Live: London will provide social competitive entertainment for players of all skill levels and abilities.

On Saturday 28 July the @NintendoUKVS Live: London event will play host to the first official qualifier for the Splatoon 2 UK Championship 2018. For more information about this ongoing championship series and details on how to take part, please check out the Splatoon 2 UK Championship 2018 announcement here.

This event will also be the first place in the UK to go hands-on with the upcoming Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The game will be playable on both days, with a headline invitational tournament running on Sunday 29 July.

As well as these headline events, multiplayer favourites like Mario Tennis Aces, ARMS, Pokkén Tournament DX and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will be available alongside other upcoming titles for free play all weekend – stay tuned for more announcements around these titles! There will also be an exciting stage show schedule to watch and take part in at the event, including the brand new @NintendoUKVS Game Show which made its debut at MCM Comic Con London this May.

The two headline tournaments are as follows:

Saturday 28 July – Splatoon 2 UK Championship 2018: Qualifier Tournament

This Tournament will offer qualifier spots in both the Inkling League, for teams of players aged 13 and under, and the Octo League, for teams of any age. We are accepting pre-registration from full four-squid squads now. To pre-register* your team please send an email to with the subject ‘NintendoUKVS Live: London – Splatoon 2’, stating your team’s name and members. For players not in full teams that attend the event and wish to compete, we will endeavour to match any squids for hire with others looking to create a team if there is space in the tournament.

Sunday 29 July – The @NintendoUKVS Live: London, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Invitational

@NintendoUKVS Live: London will play host to an invitational tournament in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, giving top UK Super Smash Bros. players a chance to show their abilities in this new title. More details will be announced soon, so please follow @NintendoUKVS on Twitter to keep up to date with this event.

Tickets to attend @NintendoVSUK Live: London are available now and are distributed purely on a first come, first serve basis by visiting this Eventbrite page, or by pre-registering for a tournament at the following email address:

For those that can’t make it to the event, fear not! We will be livestreaming both days of the show, bringing to you the action from the headline tournaments, as well as interviews with top players, and general coverage from the @NintendoUKVS Live event. Make sure to tune in at, and follow @NintendoUKVS on Twitter, to keep up to date with all the Nintendo social competitive updates from the UK.

A full roster of UK Nintendo Events in 2018

Can’t make it to @NintendoUKVS Live: London? There will be plenty of other opportunities to go hands-on with upcoming titles, and relax with like-minded Nintendo gamers, at a range of events throughout 2018.

The current list is as follows. Content and available titles will vary between events, so please check back often to read the latest news, and follow @NintendoUK and @NintendoUKVS on Twitter to see updates about each event as well as coverage from all the events over the course of the year.

Event Date Splatoon 2 UK Championship 2018 Qualifiers
Hyper Japan, London 13-15 July 2018
@NintendoUKVS Live: London 28- 29 July 2018 Yes
Summer in the City 10-12 August 2018
Insomnia63, Birmingham 24-27 August 2018 Yes
EGX 2018 20-23 September 2018 Yes
MCM Comic Con London 26-28 October 2018 Yes
@NintendoUKVS Live: Splatoon 2 UK Championship 2018 Grand Final, Birmingham November 2018 (Final date TBA) Yes

Whether you want to get hands-on with upcoming Nintendo Switch titles, seek fame in our headline competitions, like parading your favourite cosplay or simply want to bring your own Nintendo Switch to find like-minded fans at our ‘Bring your own Switch’ sections, every event is sure to offer unique fun and surprises. We’re looking forward to welcoming you to an event soon! Happy gaming.

*Pre-registration deadline is Friday 13 July. Pre-registration spaces are limited and are assigned on a first come first served basis.



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