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NFL star Le’Veon Bell and Hungrybox hosting $10,000 Smash tournament

Published: 26/Apr/2020 17:35

by Michael Kelly

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Team Liquid Smash pro Juan ‘Hungrybox’ Debiedma has linked up with New York Jets running back Le’Veon Bell to present “The Box” – an 8,192 person Smash Ultimate tournament that features a prize pool of $10,000.

Earlier in April, the three-time Pro-Bowler posted on Instagram that he wanted to host an online tournament with a top prize of $1,500. However, when the idea generated a substantial amount of online buzz, the proposed first place winnings were raised to $2,500.

The Jets star is known to be a fan of the Smash Bros. franchise, as he even appeared at a local tournament in Ohio back in January.

When announcing the tournament on Twitter, Bell predicted that the event would be “the tourney of the year,” while Hungrybox is already calling the Team Liquid-sponsored event “the sickest online event the Smash world has seen.”

Registration for The Box is currently open on smash.gg for North American players only. The tournament is completely free to enter.

The event is slated to begin on May 8 and last until May 10, modeling the tradition of Smash tournaments being held throughout the course of a given weekend.

And while the process of transitioning the Smash community into a fully online environment might come with its challenges, the most obvious upside to this unprecedented period is the fact the game is becoming more and more accessible to any prospective player.

And if there’s any one byproduct to emerge as a positive step in the right direction for the Smash scene as of late, it’s that prize money for the professional scene is getting a bit more respectable.

The Box and its $10,000 prize pool come in wake of “The Quarantine Series” – an in-progress online tourney circuit run by Jacob ‘Alpharad’ Rabon and Charlie ‘Critikal’ White, where the prize pool sits at $50,000.

If anything, this trend of online tournaments for the Smash community is not only making the game more accessible, it’s making the scene more lucrative.

If Bell sticks to the idea of a $2,500 top prize for The Box, payouts could rival those of a national supermajor. With recent online prize pools boasting higher marks compared to some of 2019’s biggest tournaments, it’s possible that an economic turn of events could be on the horizon for professional Smash.

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Smash Ultimate voice files hint at upcoming DLC fighter

Published: 22/Oct/2020 18:54

by Michael Gwilliam

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Super Smash Bros Ultimate still has four characters yet to be announced for the Fighters Pass Volume 2, and a new theory may help narrow down their identities.

When looking at the voice files in-game, there are five empty slots. Looking back at the first Fighters Pass, after Terry Bogard’s release, there were two spots remaining, which ended up going to the male and female forms of Byleth.

Upon Steve’s release, the voice files didn’t change, suggesting that something similar could be happening with a future fighter.

As Andree123 explained on the SmashBoards forums, “there are currently 5 empty voice slots in the voice clip section of the sound test menu as of 9.0.0.”

Smash Ultimate voice files
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Voice theory was first suggested prior to Byleth’s release.

“This means we are most likely getting a fighter with a different character/opposite gender alt with a different voice in the Fighters Pass vol. 2,” they added, but noted that it’s still possible we don’t end up getting one at all.

Of course, it’s actually even a possibility that another fighter ends up being just like Steve and doesn’t take up a voice file. This could eventually result in two fighters having female and male variants or even a fighter with three variants.

Really, there are a lot of different outcomes based on this theory, but the fact it has a proven record make it nothing to scoff at or dismiss.

Male and female Byleth
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Many fighters have female and male variants.

If we are in fact getting a future fighter with female/male alternate costumes or maybe even two male/female voices, Resident Evil could be a good fit.

Leon S Kennedy with either Claire or Chris Redfield as an alternate costume would certainly work given the franchise’s history on Nintendo consoles.

Another option, given how Crash Bandicoot has been rumored, is that we get Coco from Crash 4: It’s About Time as an alternate costume.

Crash Bandicoot in his 4th game
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Crash in Smash? It’s about time.

On the flip side, although unlikely, this could suggest there will be another DLC release after Fighters Pass Volume 2.

Only time will tell if this theory holds up, but it certainly raises some interesting questions about future downloadable content.