PSA: You need two Switch Online accounts to earn dual Switch Sports progression

Switch Sports progression

Just something to take note of

Nintendo Switch Sports progression is a bit confusing, and we demystified it a bit in our review. However, there’s a few other wrinkles to be aware of.

You need two online subscriptions for dual Switch Sports progression

It’s not something I’d normally think about as my household has a family plan for Switch Online, but as Reddit user Helmmeimathrowaway points out: you’ll need two Switch Online subscriptions to progress both accounts for Nintendo Switch Sports.

So breaking that down, you are able to play online with two people on the same console. But both accounts need to be paying for the premium Switch Online subscription to actually earn rewards. If only the primary account is a paying member, the secondary account won’t earn rewards. Given that playing online is the only way to actually earn anything in-game, it’s an important thing to keep note of.

These types of limitations are present in some games, and not in others, dating as far back as the original Xbox or PS2. I’ve seen every combination of “both players can play for free,” or “only one of them can,” or “both players can earn rewards,” and so on. With Nintendo, it’s always a grab bag in terms of what you’re going to get with online play.

Also, remember to read this if you plan on playing Switch Sports on a Switch Lite, or in tabletop mode.

Chris Carter
Reviews Director, Co-EIC - Chris has been enjoying Destructoid avidly since 2008. He finally decided to take the next step, make an account, and start blogging in January of 2009. Now, he's staff!