Splatoon 3 - University Championship Online Qualifier

Splatoon 3

Week 1-4 Swiss

Live Finals


Online via the NSE Discord

Live Finals at Insomnia Gaming Festival


Splatoon 3 - University Championship Online Qualifier is split into 2 main stages: Stage 1 Qualification (Weeks 1-4) and Stage 2 Live Finals

Stage 1 - Qualification

Teams will play 3 matches a week and the tournament will use a modified Swiss format. After the first 4 weeks the top two teams will be invited to the Live Finals.

Stage 2 - Live Finals @ Insomnia Gaming Festival

The two top teams from Stage 1 and the one team from each of the Regional Events will compete at the Live Finals. This will include travel and accommodation.


Online Qualifier Prizes

1st - i70 Weekend Ticket, including travel and accommodation

2nd - i70 Weekend Ticket, including travel and accommodation


Prizes for the Live Finals

1st - To be announced

In addition to other prizes this tournament awards British University Esports Championship Points.


  • All players must be current students from the same university. 
  • Teams must have at least 4 players. Teams may add/remove players from team between weeks.
  • If teams are more than 20 minutes late they will forfeit a match.
  • Check-in deadline is 6:30pm. Teams who don't check-in will not get games for that evening.
  • Offensive Account and Team names are not allowed.
  • Verbal abuse is not allowed. In particular any use of racist, sexist, homophobic or any other discriminatory language will lead to a minimum 3-week suspension.

Gear Rules and Weapons

  • Secondary Gear Abilities: Disabled

Map Pool

All maps must be picked from the following map pool:

Clam Blitz: Brinewater Springs / Eeltail Alley / Hagglefish Market / Inkblot Art Academy / MakoMart / Manta Maria
Rainmaker: MakoMart / Museum d'Alfonsino / Scorch Gorge / Sturgeon Shipyard / Um'ami Ruins / Undertow Spillway
Splat Zones: Hammerhead Bridge / Flounder Heights / Inkblot Art Academy / Museum d'Alfonsino / Wahoo World / Um'ami Ruins
Tower Control: Eeltail Alley / Hagglefish Market / Manta Maria / Scorch Gorge / Sturgeon Shipyard / Undertow Spillway
Turf War: Brinewater Springs / Flounder Heights / Hammerhead Bridge / Mahi-Mahi Resort / Mincemeat Metalworks / Wahoo World

Game Mode and Map Selection

All games will be best of 5. The game modes will be played in the order of the weekly mode rotation. Turf War will always be the first game mode, and will be played as an isolated best of 3, within the best of 5 match. The other four game modes will rotate each week, with the final mode being the second mode of the following week. The home team will select the map to play in the first game. In subsequent games, the loser of the previous map chooses the next map.

Week 1

  • Turf War (Best of 3)
  • Splat Zones
  • Rainmaker
  • Clam Blitz
  • Tower Control

Week 2

  • Turf War (Best of 3)
  • Tower Control
  • Splat Zones
  • Rainmaker
  • Clam Blitz

Week 3

  • Turf War (Best of 3)
  • Clam Blitz
  • Tower Control
  • Splat Zones
  • Rainmaker

Week 4

  • Turf War (Best of 3)
  • Rainmaker
  • Clam Blitz
  • Tower Control
  • Splat Zones

Maps and modes are subject to change before or during the NSE University Championship

Click here to download the full rule book

Players are expected to uphold the NSE Code of Conduct whilst competing in this tournament

All decisions regarding the interpretation and enforcement of these rules are at the sole discretion of the NSE Admin Team, whose decisions are final.
These rules may be amended, changed or supplemented when required by the NSE Admin Team to ensure fair play and competitive integrity.

Dates Tournament Stage
Sunday 5th Mar Sign-ups Close
Monday 6th Mar Week 1 Swiss
Monday 13th Mar Week 2 Swiss
Monday 20th Mar Week 3 Swiss
Monday 27th Mar

Week 4 Swiss

8th/9th Apr

Live Finals @ Insomnia Gaming Festival

All games, except from the Live Finals at Insomnia Gaming Festival, will be played on Monday evening and cannot be rearranged. Games will have a normal start time of 7.15pm.

Final schedule and format subject to change based on signup numbers