Insomnia61 will host a Mario Kart esports final

Mario Kart just got serious - GAME Belong is hosting a nationwide Mario Kart esports tournament with the grand finals taking place at i61 next month.

The Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Super Series is already underway across four of GAME's competitive gaming centres.

Participants must bring their own Nintendo Switch with them to their local store in order to take part in a series of qualifiers.

The three luckiest best racers from each arena will take part in a tournament at i61 at the Birmingham NEC at the end of August.

The top four players will then reach the grand final which also takes place at Insomnia.

While there isn't any cash up for grabs, the prizes aren't bad. The winner will receive a year's supply of Nintendo Switch games and a go karting experience day for them and their friends.

The London Wardour Street qualifier has already taken place, and Manchester's Trafford Centre qualifier takes place this Saturday (July 29th).

The Gateshead Metro Centre arena will host a qualifier on Saturday August 5th and Cardiff will run the final qualifier on Saturday August 12th.

It's great to see a fun, family-friendly game like Mario Kart get a competitive tournament. While a game like this doesn't have a high skill ceiling, it does have mass appeal. And if this tournament means more people become aware of esports, then good on GAME for trying.

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