$25,000 is up for grabs, as GameWorks prepares to host last chance qualifiers and national finals in its Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Showdown Tournament.
As reported by Global Amusements & Play, “The Showdown was held across all seven GameWorks venues nationwide during May and June, and now, seven local winners from each market are receiving an all-expense paid trip to GameWorks Las Vegas – Town Square to compete in the grand finals, with a prize pool that includes Alienware products, such as an Area 51M gaming laptop, and $10,000 cash.
“The recently upgraded 37,000-square foot GameWorks flagship Las Vegas location features a dedicated Esports lounge, occupying approximately 2,000 square feet within its space that boasts 100+ game options, 40 PCs, dozens of gaming consoles (Xbox, PS4, Wii U, and Nintendo Switch) and several couches for playing and viewing.
“GameWorks Las Vegas hosts 25 plus Esports tournaments monthly. It also has a 10,000-square-foot arcade game floor with 150+ video and classic arcade-style games and eight-[lanes of bowling]. One of the location’s signature attractions is state-of-the-art sports viewing from a 40-foot high-definition video wall.
The final spot for the Grand Finals [was] awarded to the winner of the last chance qualifier round [that took] place at GameWorks Las Vegas on June 28th.
The grand finals of GameWorks Showdown [was] streamed live on Twitch. To follow and share status updates about GameWorks Showdown, use #GameWorks, #GWesports, and #showdown2019.
What this could mean? Obviously, it means that there is definitely a place for Esports in the family entertainment center sector of the out-of-home (OOH) leisure entertainment industry. However, it takes a significant amount of tournament prizes (including lots of cash) to attract the large base of players necessary. As the competitions heat up, the best players will go to the big tournaments, but the rest of the pretty good players will test their skills at local and regional tournaments that our industry is actively promoted.
What does that mean for those FEC’s that are waiting in the wings to get involved? All I can say is the old adage, ‘The early bird gets the worm.’ Note that Pinballz is now getting the worms every day (and I mean that in a positive $cents).