Tetris 99 gets its first tournament and it even has a prize pool

Will you be a grand prix winner?

The Switch’s surprisingly excellent battle royale version of Tetris is to host its first live event, with 999 prizes up for grabs.

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Mixing Tetris with battle royale doesn’t sound like it’s an idea that would work, but Tetris 99 has already turned out to be one of the best new multiplayer games of the year.

It’s not sold as a normal video game though, but instead it’s free if you subscribe to the Nintendo Switch Online service – the Nintendo equivalent to Xbox Live and PSN.

That excuses the fact that it’s a bit bare bones in terms of options and presentations, but it seems Nintendo is planning to start promoting it with special live events.

From 1pm GMT on Friday, 8 March to 6:59am on Monday, 11 March there’ll be a special online tournament called the Tetris 99 Grand Prix.

Anyone that wins a match will have a chance of winning one of 999 Gold Points rewards, which is worth £9.99 in the Nintendo eShop.

You don’t win the prize automatically if you come top, but instead winners are picked at random if there’s more than 999 of them.

And we can only assume there will be a lot more than 999 games going on over the weekend, because Tetris 99 is great and we know we still can’t stop playing it.

The logo for the Grand Prix has a big number ‘1’ on it, so it seems fair to assume this will be only the first of many such tournaments.

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