As reported by RePlay, “The GameWorks ‘Showdown’ tournament, expected to attract thousands of players at the company’s seven venues nationwide, will start May 12 and go through June 29, featuring one of the largest eSports competitions to date for the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game.”
The press release states, “The GameWorks Showdown competition features a large winners pool consisting of both cash and prizes valued at $25,000. This includes Alienware products, such as an Area 51M gaming laptop, culminating in a grand finals cash prize of $10,000.
“Qualifier rounds will be at each GameWorks location on May 12, May 19, May 26 and a last-chance round June 7. Regional qualifiers will be held June 9 with a last-chance round on June 28, a day before the finals at GameWorks Las Vegas – Town Square (held at 11 a.m. on June 29). Admission fees range from $30 per week to $50 per week.
What this could mean? The industry has been closely following the Virtuix VR Arena eSports tournaments as well as the 3 Walmart stores that are running eSports tournaments. What we are all hoping for is that FEC’s can get a slice of the huge eSports pie that appears will be dominated by the NFL, NBA, and destination locations that have large arenas, all with very large and attractive prize pools.
Now we have an FEC chain with 7 locations and a prize pool of $25,000 and covering 6 weeks of competition. With thousands of players, many paying multiple $30 admission fees, and each plus their family and friends eating, drinking, playing at GameWorks, well, you can do the math. That is a lot of revenue. If you are near any of the 7 GameWorks locations, I urge you to check out one or more of the Showdown competitions and let us know about your experience.