As we've discussed several times before on this very site, competitive Super Smash Bros. fans haven't exactly been happy with Nintendo's lack of funding for eSports events surrounding the franchise. Indeed, just last month, one leading player used his winning speech at an event as an opportunity to publicly call Nintendo out on the matter.
It would appear that the community has now taken things into its own hands, as an unofficial Smash World Tour 2020 has been revealed with a mighty $250,000 prize pool already guaranteed. Designed by the people behind VGBootCamp and Super Smash Con, this new tournament circuit will host events all around the world as players compete to earn points that go towards a place in the grand finals.
The $250,000 is split two ways between a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate competition, and one for Super Smash Bros. Melee. You can learn much more and read up on the official rules at the tournament's website, but here's a quick overview:
Between Platinum, Gold, and Silver tournaments, players can earn points from community events all of the world. At the end of the year, the competitors with the most points will be flown out for the SWT Championships (December 17-20th), with over a combined $250,000 on the line!
Players can earn points from both the largest Smash events in the world and their local weeklies – our goal is that the Smash World Tour encourages growth at every event level!
While the competition isn't affiliated with Nintendo, its organisers "hope to team up with them in the future". They say, "One of our goals with the Tour is to offer a unified way for Nintendo to directly support the competitive scene". It is, however, already partnered with both Twitch and Smash.gg.
It's certainly an interesting development, and one that will no doubt please those who have invested so much of their time perfecting their Smash-playing craft. It'll also be interesting to see how - if at all - Nintendo decides to respond.
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