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Nintendo Players UK Presents Squid League 2020

Written by Faz_D

Cephalopods of all ages! We return once again to find the freshest Splatoon 2 teams from around the UK, whether  you're young or old, newcomer or veteran! It's back with some new zest to Stay Fresh! It's time for the NPUK Squid League 2020!

This year's season will introduce two different divisions to accommodate different Skill levels, for the newcomers and general enthusiasts we have the Sushi Brackets! For those at an amatuer level and a penchant for salty inks, we have the Kraken Brackets!

Does your quartet have a thirst for inking glory?! Nintendo Players groups around the UK are looking for teams, so check out your local group to see if they are participating in the online Squid League, and join in!


For the first time, take Turf War battles on-the-go with the Nintendo Switch™ system, and use any of the console's portable play styles for intense local multiplayer* action. You can even team up for new 4-player co-op fun in Salmon Run! 


Sushi and Kraken Brackets:

The “Kraken” is an Amateur Bracket, designed for the more established/competitive minded teams. Those that like to take a challenge and face off against other strong opponents across the UK.  Kraken Brackets will begin 24th May with the FINALS expected to take place on SUNDAY 28th June. The minimum requirement to enter the Kraken Brackets must be S rank and up (S, S+ and X rank) in ranked modes across all members of your team. 

For those new to the Splatoon 2 scene to tournaments or just wanna have a grand Zapper Fish of a time, we have the Sushi Bracket. Sushi is designed to allow for new or casual teams to play against similarly new or casual teams at a similar level. Sushi Brackets will begin on the 12th July with the finals expected to take place on SUNDAY 16th AUGUST.

Should you want to submit your teams even if you don't necessarily meet the requirements of  your desired bracket, you are free to do so however applying does not guarantee entry as the TO's will do their best to levy teams in a fair manner. (For example if you are an established team with a high rank, you won't be able to play in the Sushi Brackets)

There will be a more concise version of the Ruleset in the main forms that will go into a little more detail of the weekly operations of the tournament. The information here in this articles are similar to the ones in the form, thi is to serve as insight and more relavent for the sign up parts. There is a secret word in the main ruleset, be sure to read it.

What you need:

A Nintendo Switch

Your own copy of Splatoon 2 with the latest updates

A Stable online connection

Nintendo Switch Online

A Discord account to communicate with the TOs and Team members: -  https://discordapp.com/invite/GnYhKK4

Preferred controller type

A team of 4 (Max roster is 8, 4 main players, 4 substitutes)



Similar to Season 2, the tournament will be built through the Nintendo Player groups around the UK.

 There are two ways to enter!

1. Enter via your local Nintendo Players UK group! Speak to your local leader, you can find your local group here : https://nintendoplayers.uk/find

2. If you already have a team, you can enter directly as your team. 

Deadline to enter the KRAKEN BRACKETS will be the 22ND of MAY 2020. Link

Deadline to enter SUSHI BRACKETS will be when we enter the Semi- Final of the Kraken Brackets. Link



Teams looking to apply will need to have the following info: 

- Team Captain

Will be main point of contact, Switch Name , discord name , friend code

- Team Roster info

Team Roster info: Team Captain (they will be main point of contact), and the name of team members including, Switch Name , discord name , friend code, rank

- Region Representing

 Required for UK residency rule. (Sushi will ask for NPUK)

- Team Name/Representing Community

Your individual team name if you're coming in with your own team (e.g Inxiety Sirens). If you're part of an NPUK community their name (e.g NX London)

- Confirm you are a UK resident

- Which NPUK group your members are associated with most.

- Previous Experience

- By applying means you and each team member have understood the rules.





Format will apply to both Kraken and Sushi Brackets

Cap: 32 Teams

Loadouts: All Weapons and Gear Allowed

Maps: Turf and Ranked

The tournament will be split into 2 parts.

Part 1: Groups - 3 Weeks Duration

  • Teams will be split into Groups (Groups and Max teams are TBA) 
  • Best of 9 Games
  • Maps: Set by the official T.O. for each week. They will contain all of the modes (including turf war) and must be played in that order.
  • 3 games in 3 weeks 
  • The top teams in each group will be placed in the Knock Outs phase.

A match cannot be rescheduled less than 12 hours before the start time. This will result in a forfeit.

Part 2:  Knockouts - 2 Weeks Duration

  • Top 8 team will face off against each other. 
  • Single Elimination
  • Games will be Best of 9 set
  • Maps: Set by the official T.O. for each week. They will contain all of the modes (including turf war) and must be played in that order



Team Captains are to facilitate and organise team members and matches with their opposing team. You will have a week to get together online with your opponents and play the matches for that round. There will be an area in our Discord where you can organise and  to contact your opponents/team captains.  Once your games have been organised, team captains should follow the format defined in the Discord so that they are declared. This is to ensure you have understood the time and date on the game you are playing and or who will be streaming your games.

If a time extension is necessary or you are struggling with contacting the opposing teams please contact the Admin team where we will try to assist you on email or on Discord. Points to be recorded by how many games are won (EG. 5-0, 5-4 etc)

It is your responsibility to load the correct loadout at the start of each match. If you realise during gameplay that you selected the “wrong” loadout, you are NOT permitted to restart the match.

By signing up to the Squid League, you agree to be flexible for the duration of the tournament/league and are also available for the date of the grand finals to your relavent brackets. Failure to be available for the grand final may result in forfeit. The amendment of the date is at the discretion of the T.O.s. 

STREAMERS - please note that if you are streaming a match, we ask that you are NOT the host of the match. This reduces the chance of lag and disconnections.



Teams  - Each team can have up to 8 members. All members must be registered before the start of the tournament.

Substitutions-  Subs must NOT already be a part of another team. Subs can only represent ONE TEAM. You CANNOT trade/transfer between teams. We recommend that if you plan to substitute, have them available before the game.

During each set, you are allowed to substitute players as long as they are on your roster. To keep the flow of the set, it should not take more than 2 minutes for a sub to join the game. If it takes longer, the team subbing will lose a game for EVERY MINUTE their sub is late.  

Replacements - You can replace if a member of a team become inactive for rest of the tournament. Any and  all replacement will need to be submitted to the T.O ASAP. Otherwise they will not be able to participate in their upcoming match. Each team will be allowed 2 replacement but no replacments will be allowed during the Knockouts. Replacment should only be considered in extenuating circumstances.

All members must be confirmed with the relevant leaders and T.O. If there are any extra issues, please message the T.Os.



Good sportsmanship is encouraged at all times. Remember you are representing the NPUK Community and affiliated parties. Poor sportsmanship such as ending a game before the results screen, bad behaviour or abuse against other players and organisers will not be tolerated. If you believe anyone to have fallen foul of this, please report it to Jen or Hubble via DM on the Discord server. 



In the event of a disconnection, the remaining members of the team must jump back to base and put controllers down, team captains must message the other informing the disconnection.  If the team of three continue playing, it is then assumed that they want to continue the game.

In order for the team to request a replay because of a Disconnection, the time must not have exceeded 2 minutes in a turf game and 3 minutes and/or the objective is below 40 in a ranked game.  If the disconnect happens after these criteria, then the game will count regardless of the disconnection.

If there are extenuating circumstances, please get in contact with Jen or Hubble ASAP via Discord.

All loadout, maps and teams will remain the same. If any team member changes their loadout then this will result in a game forfeit for that given team.
If a different player is subbing in due to disconnection they are not required to use the same loadout as the disconnected player (and the 2-minute substitution rule does not apply).

We ask that team leaders and group leader to be on hand and keep communicating with each of your teams.  If this is not respected then the team will forfeit the game. If the issue persists three times then the round will be paused to discuss actions.  We have suggested the following actions should this happen;

  1. Sub out disconnecting members so that you still have a full team. (If issues still persist another time we suggest action 2).
  2. Carry on the match as a 4v3 game.
  3. The option of a 3v3 will be allowed, but both teams must agree, if not then Action two above will have opted.
  4. Reconvene at another time (Please be mindful that the match in question MUST be played within the given week). 



Please note that all of the above rules must be followed, and any breaches to the rules may result in anything from a loss of a particular game to permanent disqualification – depending on the severity of the rule breach.  This will be decided by the T.O. whose decision is final. 




  • At least one team member must be an active NPUK member for your team to be considered. 
  • The limit is 2 teams per NPUK Community. If more than 2 teams apply for the same community, your group leader will be responsible for deciding who gets to represent. (Relevant group leaders will be informed of your entry regardless).
  • All entries will be verified after registration deadline has passed.
  • The T.O.s have the right to refuse entry at their discretion.  
  • Once signed up, your Switch name must remain the same throughout the tournament. 


If you have an issue or query with any of the league or players, please DM Jen or Hubble on Discord. 

(Please do not tag them in any of the Public Discord channels (THIS INCLUDES any ADMINS/GROUP LEADERS, if they have any grievances too.) they will make sure to reply to queries in a timely manner)

Remember that this tournament is run and supported by volunteers that will be taking extra time to handle the duties to TO, we ask that you respect our time as well as our space as we try to give you the best experience we can provide.



We will try to stream as many games possible on our channel (Nintendo Players UK), although we are aware that this depends on how fast and how long a single game can run for.  We’d like to help in that area by letting people know when and where you are streaming those games, by posting on our social media channels. (Twitter & Facebook) Therefore, we need as much notice as possible to be given for matches, so that we can work out a streaming schedule where possible, or be able to update our graphic to reflect upcoming matches.  We will try to provide an overlay specifically for the tournament, which should be versatile enough to add your own touches to it. Although it is understood that we may not be able to stream 100% of matches. There is a dedicated channel for streaming, budding commentators or hosts, please get in touch with Faz so he can help you get organised and yes, dual commentary is fine!

There are no problems with any player announcing that they are streaming their view of the game, though we request that if you are playing we will advise against it to reduce lag or disconnects. However, should you choose to, use the twitter tag @NintendoPlayUK and use the hashtag  #NPUKSquidLeague. We are more than happy to retweet if we know about it. For commentators, a post will be made on the day of the game with an official NPUK graphic, but you are free to announce the games you are commentating in the WEEK OF the game. (This is to ensure there is no confusion should other games be played on the day of the post or on previous weeks).

You can apply to be a Squid League 3 streamer/commentator here

Should you choose to stream your game please:

  • Support the League by Retweeting the League Games announcements and Weekly graphics.
  • Keep your language clean and free from profanity during the portion of your games
  • Keep a separated highlight! We’ll be collating the video stream during the tournaments, this will not affect your archives.

The Finals will be streamed on the NPUK main channel, all other games can be hosted by NPUK, but on players’ own channels. Players must save and upload their replays and send to Faz as soon as possible. This will not affect your own archives.

Please note that if you are streaming a match, we ask that you are NOT the host of the match. This reduces the chance of lag but Players can stream from POV as long as both teams agree.



Once all qualifiers have concluded, teams will be informed via the info channel on Discord about what happens next!  We encourage you that post-tournament you stick with us, make friends, play games and of course be a part of the community!

Happy Gaming!