National Student Esports (NSE) and Nintendo UK have teamed together to launch the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate University Championship. Debuting as part of the NSE’s winter season, the competition permits players to “earn points for their University as part of the British University Esports Championship” playing Nintendo’s smash-hit fighting game.
National Student Esports – which works to support the growth of esports within the higher education sector – was established in 2018 through a partnership with British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS), the governing body for university sport, to support the growth of esports within the higher education sector.
According to a press release, the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate University Championship will consist of an eight-week online circuit, each of which will contain four weeks of 3v3 team tournaments and four weeks of 1v1 singles tournaments. Kicking off on October 10th, the trails will run weekly, along with five Super Smash Bros. Ultimate regional university tournaments, until the live winter finals in December.
“Since launch, there have been many requests from students for Super Smash Bros Ultimate, so we are delighted to be able to add such a prestigious, sought-after title to the roster,” said Jonathan Tilbury, executive director at NSE. “We will be working closely with Nintendo UK to ensure that the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate University Championship exceeds all expectations, especially for players who are extremely passionate about the community.”
Sign-ups for the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate University Championship will open later this week to UK university students via the NSE Championship portal on NSE.gg.
National Student Esports (NSE) also recently announced a “strategic, long-term partnership” with Intel, starting with the second season of the UK’s British University Esports Championship.
Working with BUCS, NSE is committed to investing in grassroots esports in the UK and plans to work with Intel “on a range of initiatives throughout the 19/20 championship season and beyond”.