Club Feature: Super Smash Bros. Club gets competitive

By Jack Rechsteiner, managing editor.

Many people have played, or know of, the fan-favorite fighting games from Nintendo, whether it be the first Super Smash Bros. on the Nintendo 64 or the newest one for the Wii U. Not as many people know that the games have a dedicated competitive scene in eSports.

“People are unintentionally gatekeeping people from playing Smash, so I want to make it easier and more friendly to get into,” says Jacob Jacob, one of the leaders of Delta’s Super Smash Bros. Club.

For Smash players in the Tri-City area interested in the competitive scene, the closest local tournaments were all an hour or more away; that was before Tri-City Tri-Hards got started and is part of the reason why its members felt it was so important to start it.

The club has meetings at Delta College for tournaments every week on Wednesdays starting at 6 p.m. The room the club meets in changes depending on what is available that night, but since starting they have held 32 consecutive tournaments.

Jacob found out there was already a Smash Bros. Club at Delta, but at first there were barely any members. Now the size of the club has grown to a total of 65 active members, with roughly 25 different members playing in each week’s tournaments.

“We have players here who are ranked throughout the state,” says Jacob.

The weekly tournaments have a few different brackets aimed at different types of players. There is a free “friendly bracket” for people new to the game in addition to the paid competition. Signing up for the competitive bracket is $3 with a $3 venue fee that can be waived if a player supplies a monitor and console. There are singles brackets for Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, as well as doubles brackets for the latter. Part of the money raised through the venue fee goes toward equipment for the club, and the rest is donated to a charity chosen by the club every semester.

The club also live-streams its tournaments on Twitch, which is a big draw for the club members. Under the name BlueMilkGG, the Tri-City Tri-Hards produce a high-quality videostream that gets broadcast to their more-than 7,000 followers.

According to Jacob, Tri-City Tri-Hards were fortunate enough to have a big start. At the time the club started holding meetings, the second-best Smash player in the world came to the weekly tournaments. This gave the Tri-City Tri-Hards an immense following in the beginning, and there have been a stable amount of regulars since then.

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