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Hungrybox explains why he quit US Army’s Smash Ultimate tournament

Published: 22/Sep/2020 20:10

by Michael Gwilliam


Super Smash Bros Melee god Juan ‘Hungrybox’ Debiedma has been grinding the latest game in the series, Ultimate, for some time and entering online tournaments. Now, a new event by the US Army caused the pro to flip on taking part in the competition.

On September 21, the Jigglypuff main posted a since-deleted tweet advertising how he had been formally invited to enter the US Army’s $5,000 Smash Ulimate Challenge.

“Always glad to see online events with huge prize pools,” the Team Liquid star said. The tweet also included information about the event such as the registration deadline, participant cap and more.

However, all that changed mere minutes later when Debiedma announced he would not be taking part and used some bombastic words to make his opinion known.

Hungrybox US Army tournament tweet
Hungrybox announced he was partaking in a US Army tournament.

“Actually, f**k that,” he said and deleted the previous post about the event.

“I told them to rip up the contract,” Debiedma continued in the tweet’s thread. “I know it’s all ‘secure the bag’ and this but like I had a bad taste in my mouth about it the whole time.”

According to Hungrybox, the military and esports should “never be combined” and said he would be sticking to that ideology “forever.”

Hungrybox ends US Army Smash tournament
Hungrybox was very vocal about the partnership.

“I gotta trust my gut more often,” he concluded in the since-deleted tweet.

It’s unclear why Hungrybox deleted the remarks about the army and the tournament, but he’s hardly the first to take issue with its presence within the gaming landscape.

The US Army has been quite a polarizing presence on Twitch and among gamers in recent months with some accusing it of using games as a way to recruit.

Jigglypuff hits Toon Link
Hungrybox won’t bring his Jigglypuff to the US Army’s tournament.

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez even took aim at the army using its funds to maintain a presence on Twitch, games, esports or other live-streaming platforms.

In any case, this is just another chapter in US Army’s esports drama, albeit with a Smash Bros twist.

Call of Duty

Twitch Rivals $250K Warzone event: Schedule, how to compete, more

Published: 1/Dec/2020 7:04

by Brad Norton


The next major Warzone event is right around the corner as the Twitch Rivals Doritos Bowl tournament has been unveiled. From how you can enter, to when it all gets going, we’ve got everything you need to know.

Warzone competitions have been extremely popular on Twitch since the latest Call of Duty battle royale jumped into the spotlight. Kill-races have your favorite streamers and veteran pro players competing in a new and exciting way.

While odd events are always popping up, some tournaments have come with enormous prize pools. The next landmark Warzone comp falls into that category with a whopping $250,000 up for grabs.

It’s an open style event, meaning a ton of players can get involved and earn some cash. Here’s everything there is to know before the Twitch Rivals Doritos Bowl event kicks off.

Twitch Rivals Warzone schedule

Instead of just a single day of action, this event will be running through a few unique dates in December. For starters, Open Qualifiers take place on December 3, starting at 2PM PT | 5PM ET.

Once all teams are locked in from here, there are two days left to determine the very best players. Across both December 8 and December 16, ‘Show Days’ will drop all remaining teams into competition from 2PM PT | 5 PM ET onwards.

Twitch Rivals Warzone format

Unique to this event, Twitch Rivals will be adopting a hybrid structure. While a majority of Warzone tournaments stick with the standard kill-races, things are being mixed up here. For the open qualifiers, it’ll be business as usual. Trios will drop into public lobbies and search for as many kills as possible.

From this point on, however, things change quite drastically. On the first Show Day, 49 Trios will play in five private lobbies. Points are accumulated for kills as usual, though placement will be more important than ever for racking up the big points. 

Only the top 24 teams at the end of the day will advance through to the second round. During the second Show Day, another five lobbies will be getting underway as teams look to jump up the standings and secure their share of $250,000.

A full breakdown of the point structure and the prizing can be found below.


1st 25
2nd 20
3rd 15
4th 10
5th – 7th 7
8th – 10th 4
11th – 15th 2
16th – 20th 1
Per Elimination +1

Prizing (Day 1):

1st – 24th Advance to Day 2
25th – 20th $900
31st – 40th $750
41st – 50th $600

Prizing (Day 2):

1st $45,000
2nd $30,000
3rd $21,000
4th $15,000
5th $12,000
6th $9,000
7th $7,500
8th $6,000
9th $4,500
10th – 12th $3,300
13th – 15th $3,000
16th – 20th $2,700
21st – 25th $2,400
26th – 30th $2,100
31st – 40th $1,500
41st – 49th $1,200

How to play in the Twitch Rivals Warzone event

Twitch Rivals sign up
Any Affiliated or Partnered Twitch streamer can register for this $250K Warzone event.

While the event is advertised with open qualifiers, this isn’t entirely true. Qualifiers are open, however, only Twitch Partners and Twitch Affiliates can join the open event. In short, if you’re not an established or budding streamer on the platform, you unfortunately can’t join this competition.

If you do fall under either of those categories though, signing up is simple. Follow this Twitch Rivals link to register your interest. Do keep in mind that not every single Partner and Affiliate that registers, is actually guaranteed entry. Get in early and keep your fingers crossed to lock in a spot in one of the biggest Warzone events to date.

Check back over the coming weeks as we keep you updated on results.