The face of competitive electronic gaming has changed dramatically from the heyday of Mario and Sonic. As games have moved from 16-bit to 4k, 2D to virtual reality, and from couch competition with friends to arenas packed with crowds cheering for their favorite professional gamers, eSports has emerged as the most exciting industry in entertainment. This year, the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference will for the first time host a full day of eSports activities, featuring pros and experts from the Super Smash Bros 4 scene.
The Growth of Smash and Open Bracket Esports Events (Saturday, March 4th 9:00-9:30)
Most people have only seen the rise of Esports on PC games. In this talk, Shi Deng of Big Blue Esports will take you through the event life cycle, planning, and business of Smash and open bracket tournaments where thousands of attendees compete throughout the weekend until 1 is crowned the winner.
Beat the Smash 4 Pro! (Saturday, March 4th 9:30-11:30)
Drop by the eSports room (Competition Room 306) to take on the pros in a few rounds of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Smash 4). The best amateur players of the morning will have a chance to be selected for participation in the Smash 4 Pro-Am in the afternoon! Be sure to check in with the tournament organizers if you’re interested.
eSports Analytics (Saturday, March 4th 11:30-12:00, Competition Room)
Daniel Lee of Cloud9 will speak about the emerging field of eSports Analytics.
SSAC Smash 4 Singles Showcase (Saturday, March 4th 12:00-2:30)
Witness the highest level of Smash 4 professional competition right here at the conference! With global top 10 players of the likes of Jason “Anti” Bates, Yuta “Abadango” Kawamura headlining a lineup of Smash players who have featured both on a regional and national level, the showcase is sure to feature some fierce competition.
SSAC Smash 4 Pro-Am (Saturday, March 4th 2:30-4:30)
You’ve heard about eSports, you’ve seen the pros go at it, now be a part of the action in the SSAC Smash 4 Pro-Am doubles tournament! Conference attendees will be selected to partner up with Smash pros for a full doubles bracket, getting a real live chance to be a part of eSports competition.
Yuta “Abadango” Kawamura, Luminosity Gaming
Jason “ANTi” Bates, Immortals
Tyler “Marss” Martins, DNL
Alexander “Pugwest” Martins
Paris “Light” Ramirez
Darius “Koolaid” Hill
Jacob “Craftis” Barrios
Reece “Uncle” Freeman
Matthew “HazMatt” Marra
Max “Max Ketchum” Krchmar
James “Flambo” Philiossaint