Don’t pack away your Wii U just yet, Nintendo fans. eSports organizers Battlefy are hosting an online Splatoon tournament next month that will send its winning team to E3 2017.
To participate in the Splatoon U.S. Inkling Open Tournament you need to own a Wii U and a copy of Splatoon, be 18 or older, live in the U.S., have a solid online connection and be able find at least three similarly eligible friends to round out your squid squad. Matches will take place across the Turf War, Splat Zones, Tower Control and Rainmaker modes. The first qualifying round takes place on April 22.
Here’s the full description of the tournament, straight from Nintendo:
The qualifying round (Turf War) is on April 22 at 11 a.m. PST, but make sure to log in early and click the “Check In” button an hour before tournament time. Once the bracket is seeded, you can set up your qualifying match using Battlefy’s Private Match Chat and then proceed to splat your way to hopeful victory. The top 16 teams in the qualifying round will then move on to the finals. In the finals, teams will play Turf War, Splat Zones and Tower Control in succession in single-elimination best-of-five play until only two teams remain. The Grand Finals will see the final two teams doing battle in Rainmaker mode to determine the winner. The finals will begin on April 29 at 11 a.m. PST.
If you want to take part in the tournament, be sure to register here at Battlefy’s site.