E3 Esports – Fortnite Pro Am, Smash Bros Invitational Tournament, & More

TJ Denzer,

June 5, 2018 1:30 PM

E3 2018 is set to be one of the most competitive of the year for competitive gaming. With events popping up left and right from Nintendo, Epic Games, ESL, and more. Want to know what's planned so far? Check it out here.

E3 2018 is a little out of the ordinary from previous iterations of the massive media gaming event. Perhaps capitalizing on the second year of public invitation during the massive week of gaming reveals, 2018's E3 will feature more esports and game tournaments than ever before by far. Nintendo will feature tournaments with Super Smash Bros and Splatoon 2, Epic Games is hosting a big Celebrity Pro Am, and the ESL and ESA have partnered to put on their own event. Between all arenas, competitive gaming will have millions of dollars in play at E3.

So where and when is the action at each event taking place? We've got all the juicy details here for you with everything we know about each competition so far.

Fortnite Celebrity Pro Am

Perhaps one of the most anticipated events so far at E3 is Epic Games' Fortnite Celebrity Pro Am. 50 pro players and 50 celebrities will be paired up in duos for the competition, including the likes of Tyler "Ninja" Blevins, Markiplier, Ali 'Myth' Kabbani, Joel McHale, Xavier Woods, Tyron Woodley, and many more.

What Games?: Fortnite Battle Royale

When: The action takes place on June 12 at 3:30PM PT. An afterparty will follow at 8PM.

Where: Attendees can attend the Fortnite Booth #2723 in the South Hall of the LA Convention Center for a chance at tickets to both the Pro-Am and Party Royale. Fans from afar can also catch the action on Fortnite's Twitch and YouTube channels.

What's On The Line: Duos will be competiing for their chance at a $1,000,000 charity prize to split, seperate from a $100 million prize pool Epic is funding for esports events in 2018.

Nintendo Splatoon 2 World Championship

This is one of two major events that marks a very particular move for Nintendo into actively sponsoring the competitive scenes based around its games. Outside of the Nintendo World Championships, it's extremely rare for Nintendo to take a direct approach in supporting competitive events. At E3, Nintendo will be hosting 2 major tournament events, the first of which is the Splatoon 2 World Championship. Several teams including SetToDestroyX, GGBoyZ, and more will battle it out in LA for their chance to claim the top prize in the Splatoon 2 scene.

What Games?: Splatoon 2

When: The opening rounds begin on June 11 from 3:30PM to 6PM PT. The Finals are scheduled for June 12 at 1PM PT.

Where: Attendees can head over to the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, California starting at 12:30PM PT on June 11 and 10AM PT on June 12 for a chance to receive wristbands and attend in person. Everyone else can catch the action as part of Nintendo's overall E3 showcase at E3.Nintendo.com.

What's On The Line: Outside of the accolades of being World Champion of Splatoon 2, no prize pool has been announced as of yet.

Nintendo Super Smash Bros. Invitational 2018

The Super Smash Bros Invitational 2018 is the second of the two events directly hosted by Nintendo at E3. Eight of the best Smash Bros players in the world are set to clash in this competition to test who's best on the block. The player pool includes greats like Joseph “Mango” Marquez, Adam “Armada” Lindgren, Yuta "Abadango" Kawamura, and more fantastic players, each with a solid chance at taking the whole thing.

What Games?: The players will be battling it out on the newly announced Nintendo Switch Smash Bros, meaning it could very well be anyone's game, depending on whether it's an updated Wii U Smash 4 version or an entirely new game game altogether.

When: The Smash Invitational is set to take place immediately after the Splatoon 2 World Championship Finals, which start on June 12 at 1PM PT. The time will be dependant on how long the Splatoon Finals run.

Where: Attendees can head over to the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, California starting at 10AM PT on June 12 for a chance to receive wristbands and attend in person. Everyone else can catch the action as part of Nintendo's overall E3 showcase at E3.Nintendo.com.

What's On The Line: Like the Splatoon 2 World Championship, no monetary prize pool has been announced for the Smash Invitational as of yet. Right now, all that's assuredly up for grabs are bragging rights.

ESL Arena

Of the many competitions going on, ESL has had some connection with E3 in the past, but this year they're upping the ante in cooperation with the ESA to produce the ESL Arena for the entirety of the E3 show. All week, professional teams will battle it out in a variety of intense esports arenas with thousands of dollars in prize pools and chances at future championships up for grabs.

What Games?: So far, Arena of Valor is the only confirmed game for the ESL Arena. More will be announced soon.

When: The exact times of the competitions are unconfirmed as of yet, but expected to carry on throughout the events of E3.

Where: Attendees of E3 will find the ESL Arena Stage located in the heart of the South Hall in the LA Convention Center. Those who want to watch will likely be able to catch the action online at ESL's Twitch channel and game subchannels, depending on the competition.

What's On The Line: Players will playing for a variety of prize pools and opportunities depending on their competition. The Arena of Valor Playoffs will feature monetary prizes, as well as entries to the Arena of Valor World Cup.

Shacknews World Championships

The Shacknews World Championship is a surprising new competition sponsored by gaming journalism outlet Shacknews itself. In the competition, 128 contestests will be trying their hand at a collection of games in order to get their hands on a piece of a hefty prizepot. In the words of their Shacknews World Championship announcement, "are you a bad enough gamer to do it for Shacknews?"

What Games?: The games for the Shacknews World Championship have yet to be announced, but should come soon.

When: The exact times of the competition have yet to be determined, but sign-ups will take place on Tuesday June 12 of E3 while competition will run through Wednesday June 13 and Thursday June 14. This will be updated as times are announced.

Where: Attendees will find the Championship at the Shacknews E3 Booth #5434 in the West Hall of the LA Convention Center. The event will also likely be streamed via the Shacknews Twitch channel for those watching from home.

What's On The Line: The prize pool for the Shacknews World Championship is substantial at $50,000. Lucky winners will be able take a first ($30,000), second ($15,000), and third ($5,000) cash prize in the overall competition.

These are all of the announcements and details we know of so far, but we will update as more details become available leading up to the events of E3.


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