Smash World Tour Offers $250K Prize Pool for Melee and Ultimate
It’s a sad thing to report that Nintendo still doesn’t view Super Smash Bros. as an esport. But there are plenty of people that disagree, such as VGBootCamp. They made a huge announcement this weekend when they revealed the Smash World Tour! How does a $250,000 prize pool sound?
It’s in partnership with Smash.gg and Twitch, so you know they’ve got the funding and talent to make this happen. The Smash World Tour will be an international league of Super Smash Bros. events hosted by the league’s producer, and independent tournament organizers.
Big Money for Smash
That’s right, serious money for Super Smash Bros.! The inaugural Smash World Tour will conclude on December 17-21, at a yet to be determined location. There will be more than 25 stops on this tournament across seven tries or more, so that’s very exciting.
There will be two kinds of events: SWT Tournaments ran and operated internally by the league’s producer and Sanctioned Tournaments. These will, at the league’s sole discretion, classify events at Platinum, Gold or Silver based on “location, size, rules, and prestige.”
Those events will offer a series of points rewards that will go towards qualifying for the Smash World Tour Championships in December. So, from there, we’ll have the 31-highest ranked players. They will receive both an invitation and travel accommodations to compete in the SWT Championship. There’s also going to be a last-chance qualifier slot held.
Both the Melee and Ultimate Championship events will offer a $125,000 cash prize, with potential additional variables announced later. That’s a lot of money for a game not viewed as an esport. Where does this all start, though? At CEO Dreamland, on March 13, with a few other events to follow.
Pound, Super Smash Con, and Get On My Level are events we can expect Smash Tournaments at. The site also states independent Super Smash Bros. event organizers can ‘opt in’ to become a sanctioned tournament on the Tour via Smash.gg. At the time of writing, the Evolution Championship Series (EVO) and Genesis are notably missing from the SWT’s events. Of course, this is subject to change. It’s not too late!
On Its Own Level
However, it’s important to note that Nintendo is not affiliated with this tournament at all. Their last major event offered a controller, not cash. Though the word from the Smash World Tour is this. “As of now, The Smash World Tour is not associated or affiliated with Nintendo or Nintendo of America – though we hope to team up with them in the future! One of our goals with the Tour is to offer a unified way for Nintendo to directly support the competitive scene.”
This is the first time that Smash has had a real circuit that we can remember. It looks to operate similar to the Tekken World Tour or the Capcom Pro Tour, which is a great idea. It will add legitimacy to the game’s prestige as a fighting game. The FGC is mostly grassroots, community-driven effort. Having this kind of money behind is a serious business. We love to see fighting games grow, and even though it involves Melee, it’s still a big deal.
Sorry, I’m just not a Smash Melee fan! This will mean a lot of events will be available to take part in. No matter where you are, there is the possibility you can join in and flex your Smash skills. Fighting game players are pretty much used to traveling their country to take part in Majors. Now Smash has its Majors to take part in!