Super Smash Bros. esports has everything it could ask for. It’s got the documentary it deserves to all the adoring fans it could ever want. And if SmashPad works as advertised, it could be the app Smash needs.
SmashPad is a relatively new project by Smash community member Christopher “Praxis” Hardin that’s packed full of features. With demo units in testers’ hands and a fully-funded Kickstarter completed, Hardin’s project aspires to be everything professional, amateur, and casual Smashers could want.
For spectators in particular, digging through hundreds of Twitch streams for their favorite Smash title has become an unnecessary chore. Hardin’s app promises to cover the very basics, pulling streams from the Twitch API and putting them front and center in the interface. But Hardin will also cover Smash’s many purists by delineating streamers and tournaments based on whichever version of Smash (Melee, Project M, WiiU) they’re playing.