In-Person Esports Competition Returns To Vancouver

Champions of Vancouver, a 128-participant Super Smash Bros. tournament, took place Saturday at the University of British Columbia.

Champions of Vancouver, a 128-participant Super Smash Bros. tournament, took place Saturday at the University of British Columbia.

VANCOUVER, B.C., AUGUST 23rd, 2021. Galint Gaming collaborated with the UBC Esports Association and Mountainsidegames to host the largest in-person esports competition in Canada since prior to the pandemic. The event featured a $4200 prize pool across two titles, Super Smash Bros. Melee (released in 2001 on the Nintendo GameCube, still played on old-school TVs) and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (released in 2018 on the Nintendo Switch). The event featured top ranked players from all over British Columbia, as well as players who travelled from Alberta and as far as Halifax.

In person tournaments are the life-blood of the Super Smash Bros. community, and having those be completely removed for a year and a half has had a great impact on this grassroots esports scene. This was the first regional-scale event back, and the players were eager to return. While both titles are able to be played online, the online experience is significantly different in part due to the high-precision and execution required to play at a high-level. Online play can introduce network related issues, but also has players competing in a significantly different environment; the comfort of their home as opposed to a high-energy event venue.

The event was full of high-energy participants and intense gameplay, but also featured some unique amenities such as free on-site registered massage therapists from Myodetox, a Relaxation Lounge powered by Red Bull, and event support from TELUS. Melee was won by Canadian legend Miles “Soonsay” Foster, and Ultimate was won by the highschool prodigy who has won all but one tournament he’s entered this year (8-1 record), Jayjay “Ouch!?” Basilan.

Galint Gaming is an esports event production & consulting organization founded by Kevin Dhir, who established the Super Smash Bros. department at the UBC Esports Association in 2015. Since launching January 2021, Galint Gaming has hosted four major-scale online Super Smash Bros. events featuring players from all over the world. They also host the largest Smash tournament series in Western Canada, Battle of BC, as well as Play With Heart, a for-charity event series that has raised over $11000 for the Canadian Mental Health Association.

For more information about the event, please contact:

Kevin Dhir
Head Event Organizer
(604) 616 0647
dhir@galint.gg
linktr.ee/galintgaming

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