Super Smash Bros. gets its own convention
Super Smash Bros. esports broadcasters VG Bootcamp will hold the first-ever SuperSmashCon Chantilly, Virginia Aug. 6-9. The announcement alludes to a 100,000 square foot competition area, live music, tournaments for every official iteration of the Smash franchise, and $30,000 in pot bonuses.Unlike most esports, which feature an official main event to cap the competitive season, Smash relies largely on the annual Evolution Championship Series or EVO, to crown a champion. With Smashers finding their own, independent home in Virginia, this could be seen as an attempt to establish an independent championship event as the scene grows.
Fan-made Smash mod Project M won't make an appearance, however, with VG Bootcamp worried about its legally tenuous status.
Regardless, the first-of-its-kind festival promises to serve as a welcome conduit for the passion that has fueled Smash for a decade and a half. With the scene's largest broadcaster and an apparently voluminous prize pool to boot, Chantilly's upcoming Smash-con may very well be Smash's new main event.
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