4 March 2015 - 19:34

Super Smash Bros. gets its own convention

Comic book fans, Doctor Who devotees, and even Twitch streamers each have their own "con" to call home
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Comic book fans, Doctor Who devotees, and even Twitch streamers each have their own "con" to call home. Now, Smashers finally do too.

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.

Image via Jue Wang/Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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