Two Super Smash Bros. Ultimate leagues were announced at the Nintendo Live broadcast in Kyoto on November 23rd (or 24th, depending on where you live).
Both of the leagues announced will be limited to Japan and cover a different region, there’s a West Japan league and one for East Japan as well. They are notably the first ever official Smash Ultimate leagues created by Nintendo, and the leagues will be on the lookout for players who do well in a 18-years-and-younger-only Smash Ultimate tournament at JUMP FESTA 2019, and said tournament will take place on December 22nd and December 23rd, 2018.
Beginning sometime next January, the East Japan league’s events will be streamed on Niconico and the West Japan league’s events will be streamed on OPENREC. There’s also one last major detail, and it may disappoint many of you reading: the ruleset has items set to on.
Author’s Note: Are you like the author and wish items were not on? Do you think we could see more official leagues for regions outside of Japan? Please let us know in the comments below!