Jan 30 2015 - 4:59 pm

Roof collapse shuts down major fighting game tournament

One of the most anticipated fighting game tournaments of the year is fighting for its life after fire marshals evacuated the venue hosting the event
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One of the most anticipated fighting game tournaments of the year is fighting for its life after fire marshals evacuated the venue hosting the event.

Apex 2015 was set to play host to the finest players in Super Smash Bros. Melee and WiiU communities. But now it's scrambling to keep competition moving after part of the venue collapsed earlier this week. The tournament, which was to play host to the return of legend Kevin "PPMD" Nanney and the first major bracket for the new Smash Bros. WiiU, was shut down by fire marshals some time around 9:30am ET. Around the same time, scenes like this one began to circulate Twitter:

The roof of the venue's two-story garage collapsed on Jan. 24, causing a minor injury to one person, according to local news reports. Hotel staff allowed the event to take place in damaged building, despite the venue being partially located under the garage. Then a fire alarm went off earlier today, which brought the fire marshal, who ordered the evacuation as soon as he saw the still-damaged roof. 

The tournament's online stream showed eerily abandoned conference halls:
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In the meantime, the Smash community is pulling out all the stops to keep the competition moving. That includes holding the crowded pool play portion of the event in individual hotel rooms.

Adam Apicella of Major League Gaming, one of the biggest esports event organizers in North America, has also jumped in to help keep the tournament alive.
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(Sorry, this embed was not found.)The situation is yet another hurdle for the tournament. Just 10 days prior, Apex's organizer stepped down amid allegations of inappropriate behavior toward transgender and underage women.

Despite yet another painful blow to the Smash community's second most important event, no one's counting them out. The scene has survived for 15 years, and it's expectantly defiant in the face of disaster.

Update 11:57am CT: Apex has a new home, thanks to Twitch. 

Image via @TeeAyEye/Twitter