Competitive Super Smash Bros. has grown immensely over the past few years. At one time, the largest Smash Bros. tournaments had maybe a few hundred attendees. Last year’s Evo Championship had more than 1,000 Smashers fighting it out for the top spot. Even with the increased presence, it’s still a very grassroots affair.
Consider the first ever Melee College National Championship. Called Super Nebulous 3, it’s relying on a crowdfunding campaign to make this tournament a success.
The goal is to get players from 107 schools across the United States, bring them all to New York, and fight it out to see which crew reigns supreme. The organizers are only asking for $7,000 in funding.
To add to the hype, the tournament will also feature top professional Smashers like Justin “Wizzrobe” Hallett, Joey “Lucky” Aldama, Edgard “n0ne” Sheleby, and Julian “Zhu” Zhu. Also making his U.S. debut is Dutch player Jaap “Jeapie” van der Zee, a professional Smasher for LowLandLions.
The Super Nebulous team plans on using the funds to fly in the top five players from the West Coast for the Melee Games Grand Finals. Backers will also get cool incentives like wristbands, T-shirts, and signed Gamecube controllers.