Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament Scene

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    The Smash Ultimate tournament scene has recently run into a wall. Quarantine has prevented LAN tournaments, or offline in-person tournaments, from happening. This has halted any and all rankings and prevents many players from competing at all. However, online tournaments have begun to grow and explode with many top-level players joining extremely large tournaments, called majors, held online as a workaround to not being able to play in person. Youtuber Moist Cr1TiKaL recently began hosting the Quarantine Series, a series of major tournaments with 5000+ players and an extremely large prize pool (money paid to the top 8 placers). Pro Player and Youtuber HungryBox hosted a major tournament with 8000+ players with the help of Pro NFL running back for the New York Jets, Le’Veon Bell. This tournament had a $10,000 prize pool that was paid out to the top 8 placers, making it the largest online tournament to ever be hosted. Online tournaments are being hosted every day, pulling players from around the world to come together and compete against each other. However, along with this new form of competing comes many controversies.

    The online play for Smash Ultimate is widely regarded to be very bad. Issues such as lag, connection issues, and input delay have come to surface and even change how people play the game when played competitively online. Recently the hashtag #FixUltimateOnline trended on twitter, with top pro players starting the trend to hopefully get Nintendo to fix the online play for the game they love to compete in to make the experience more enjoyable and fair. Even more controversy, the character Sonic has become the center of debate as to whether or not it should be banned from online tournaments. HungryBox made a video on the topic, bringing up points such as the character doesn’t feel competitive, and can often be extremely difficult if not impossible to deal with online due to delay. In the weeks, or even months coming, we will see how quarantine continues to affect the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Competitive Scene.