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Nintendo finally sponsors Smash Ultimate circuit – events, dates, venues and more

Published: 10/Sep/2019 22:57 Updated: 11/Sep/2019 0:13

by Brad Norton

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After years of largely neglecting the competitive scene, Nintendo finally unveiled support for a new Super Smash Bros. Ultimate circuit.

Fans of Super Smash Bros. have had to put up with Nintendo’s disregard for the esports industry for many years now. 

There are countless examples of tournaments lacking support from the major company or even being held back in the case of EVO 2013, where Nintendo’s lawyers pushed to remove Melee from the main stage. 

On September 10 however, Nintendo announced its support for a massive Super Smash Bros. Ultimate European Circuit. 

Kicking off in the Netherlands with Syndicate 2019, the European circuit spans seven major events through until Stunfest in May 2020. 

Here is a full list of all of the circuit competitons, and information about how to register for them can be found via each respective link.

EVOThe Fighting Game Community has always been tightly knit

The European Circuit will culminate in a huge grand final at DreamHack in 2020 as players compete “for the title of Europe’s best Super Smash Bros. Ultimate player!”

Prize pools and grand final winnings are yet to be disclosed, however this marks the first time in 2019 that Nintendo has properly supported the competitive Smash Bros. scene.

It’s undeniable that the franchise has an extraordinary reach within the Fighting Game Community and the esports industry as a whole.

Most recently, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate shattered the EVO viewership record with 200,000 viewers glued to their screens for the 2019 Grand Final.

In our exclusive documentary series with one of the all-time great Smash Bros. Melee competitors, Hungrybox shed some light on just how toxic the community can be. Perhaps a result of the esport long being neglected and shut down by Nintendo. 

Will this show of support be a one-off from Nintendo, or does this mark the first real step in the right direction for a blossoming esport scene?

Valorant

Guild esports confirm Sayf for Valorant roster

Published: 20/Jan/2021 17:06 Updated: 20/Jan/2021 17:23

by Lauren Bergin

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It’s long been rumoured that Valorant player Saif ‘Sayf’ Jibareel has been chatting to Guild Esports, but it’s finally been confirmed that he will be the newest addition to the squad. 


  • Guild Esports have signed NiP’s sayf.
  • Sayf will rejoin his former bonk colleagues.
  • Guild are renowned for their controversial loss to G2 Esports

Why are Guild signing Sayf?

Sayf has become one of Valorant’s familiar faces. The Ninjas In Pyjamas star has been a bit of a trailblazer in the esports scene, and has certainly left a lasting impression on Valorant fans all around the world.

It’s been rumored for a while that the Swede was set to move to the iconic esports organization to replace Filip ‘goffe’ Gauffin, but on 20 January it was finally confirmed on Twitter that the move was concrete and that he’ll be donning the Guild Esports jersey from herein.

The impacts of Guild signing Sayf

As aforementioned, this move means that the last player to join the team, goffe, will no longer be playing on the Guild squad.

By replacing him with Sayf, Guild strengthen their Valorant roster whilst simulanteously reuniting a tried and tested collection of players who have a pretty formidable reputation.

What’s next for Guild Esports?

With the Challengers leg of the Valorant Champions tour circuit looming just on the horizon, it’s clear that Guild are hoping to bag themselves a top spot.

They almost did it during First Strike Europe, so we can’t wait to see if Sayf is the piece that completes the Valorant puzzle.

Guild Esports roster

The Guild Esports roster is now:

  • Malkolm “bonkar” Rench
  • Yacine “Yacine” Laghmari
  • Leo “Leo” Jannesson
  • William “draken” Sundin
  • Saif “Sayf” Jibraeel