ARMS Grand Prix 2017 Announced for Japan, Nintendo Hopes for Bright Esports Future

Following the conclusion of an online exhibition tournament over the weekend, Nintendo has announced ARMS Grand Prix to take place later this fall.

It will be exclusive to Japan, with qualifiers spread between Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, and Fukuoka. The exact dates and details are still pending. According to the company (via Dot Esports), a complete schedule alongside rules and other information will be released for the public at a later time.

Nintendo was already teasing its interest in esports when it launched the Switch earlier this year. The announcement of ARMS Grand Prix only makes it more evident that the company will continue to test the waters and invest in the competitive scene to create a healthy and sustainable ecosystem. Kosuke Yabuki, lead producer of ARMS, believes that the game will eventually become the first motion-controlled esports title in history.

This is not the first time that Nintendo has hosted a tournament for games on the Switch. During the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) last month, the company held an Arms Open Invitational for the public. It was accompanied alongside by a Splatoon 2 World Inkling Invitational, which was on a larger scale.

ARMS released on June 16 to a warm reception. This week, the developer showcased the first downloadable character — Max Brass — and who will arrive as a free update for everyone. For those unaware, Brass is the final boss that players face at the end of the game’s single-player mode. He is scheduled to arrive later this month.