Nintendo will soon be running its own tournaments for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, according to an announcement by Doug Bowser, President of Nintendo of America.
The first tournament will be the SSBU Online Open this June. Unfortunately, registration for the event will be region-locked to Canada, Mexico, and North America.
Nintendo has yet to announce whether the tournament will follow the official rule-set or the more balanced, competitive version used by the Smash community.
The Online Open champion will also win the opportunity to play on the SSBU stage at EVO 2019, with airfare and accommodation paid for by Nintendo.
This is a great first step for Nintendo to get more involved with the fighting game community. While SSB has been a staple at tournaments like EVO for years, Nintendo has never been as involved as Capcom is with Street Fighter or Bandai Namco is with Tekken.