Major League Gaming’s 2015 World Finals event will include tournaments for Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
Each game will have up to 256 contestants, with a prize pool of $10,000. The World Finals take place in New Orleans starting October 16, and you can enter them yourself. A single-tournament pass costs $50, and entry to both Super Smash Bros. events costs $70. Regular viewer passes to the event are $49, and you can also catch it online at MLG.tv.
The Smash tournaments are double-elimination style. They start at 2 p.m. on Friday October 16. The champions will be crowned on Sunday October 18, the last day of the tournament. MLG will reportedly provide consoles for friendly play, as well as dedicated tournament consoles.
Major League Gaming projects that the event will have more than 50,000 participants. Other games featured that weekend will include Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, SMITE, and Dota 2. There are lots of top teams competing in those tournaments, including Evil Geniuses. In August, Evil Geniuses won The International in Seattle, and were crowned world champions of Dota 2.
Super Smash Bros. is a mainstay of gaming tournaments as well. This is the 34th time that Major League Gaming will feature Super Smash Bros. at an event. The inclusion of Super Smash Bros. Melee is doubly impressive, as that game came out in 2001. It’s still a popular fighting game, more so than its successor, Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
This has been a big year for esports, with The International pulling in a ton of viewers and colleges offering scholarships to build out their League of Legends teams. It also saw some familiar sports drama, with the ESL deciding to start drug-testing players after a doping scandal.