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Smash Bros and street basketball collide in LA Times powered festival

Published: 6/Sep/2019 22:42 Updated: 6/Sep/2019 23:59

by Michael Gwilliam


A Los Angeles street festival sponsored by the LA Times is combining esports with a 3v3 basketball tournament. 

“For the first time ever, FIBA 3×3 World Tour Basketball and the hottest esports competitions collab at the L.A. Street Festival,” the event’s description reads.

In total, there will be $4000 on the line in a series of eight mini Super Smash Bros Ultimate tournaments. 

NintendoSuper Smash Bros Ultimate is one of the most popular fighting games on the market.

Every 2-3 hours, the event organizer Esports Arena (ESA) will take signups for 24-48 players to compete in a single elimination bracket with players only allowed to enter twice per day and top 8 finishers only allowed to compete once.

However, there is more Smash fun to be had and prizes will be on the line including HyperX peripherals. 

LA Street Festival from Los Angeles Times on Vimeo.

Side events include five Smash Ladders competitions where players are paired randomly and play a series of matches against each other over the course of an hour. The player with the most wins to his or her name emerges victorious. 

There will also be Squad Strike and Free For All modes for players of all ages.

Southern California’s Smash Ultimate scene has been largely impacted by ESA, who also organizes the Wednesday Night Fights weekly. The April-June So-Cal Power Rankings include greats such as VoiD, Elegant and Larry Lurr.

The SoCal scene in the FGC has been one of the largest and longest-running stalwarts of the scene, so this festival should prove as a good representation of what the scene’s about. 

The event is headlined by the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Masters, a competition that teams across the globe had to win qualifiers to even attend. This will be a chance for fans to check out 3×3 basketball in person before its Olympic debut in Tokyo in 2020. 

Additionally, Hoop It Up, a grassroots 3×3 basketball tour in the US will hold an open tournament. 

“We are thrilled to bring the world’s best 3×3 basketball players to Los Angeles in partnership with FIBA,” Patrick Soon-Shiong, Chairman and CEO of NantWorks and Executive Chairman of the Los Angeles Times said. 

The LA Street Festival takes place on September 20 and 21 in El Segundo.


Fortnite director reportedly hints at Smash Ultimate DLC fighter crossover

Published: 29/Oct/2020 4:36

by Brad Norton


Hot on the heels of Minecraft’s huge arrival in Smash Ultimate, could Fortnite be next in line? Epic Games creative director Donald Mustard has reportedly hinted at that being the case.

Smash Bros. collaborations have long-been one of the most exciting aspects of Nintendo’s popular fighting game. Teasers are always the talk of the town as developers hint at what major addition could be on the horizon in a nearby update.

While the Smash community is still getting comfortable with Minecraft’s Steve joining the fight, it could already be time to look towards the next character.

A recent Zoom call between Geoff Keighley, Donald Mustard, and select fans was kept under wraps at the time. Whatever fans asked, whatever topics came up, it wasn’t for the general public in the moment.

However, as with most things in the gaming industry, certain details have reportedly leaked online days after the fact. Among the topics discussed was a Fortnite crossover in Smash: here’s what the Creative Director had to say.

Throughout this Zoom call, “a few hints had been revealed about the future of Fortnite,” prominent leaker FireMonkey’ said on Oct. 28. The first major revelation is a Fortnite announcement is lined up for The Game Awards on Dec. 10.

This isn’t the first time Epic’s battle royale has made a splash at Keighley’s annual awards show. The Block was revealed back in 2018 and another big announcement could be lined up for the 2020 show. Perhaps it relates to an upcoming in-game event as the new Season draws near. Or maybe there’s a chance we see another Smash tie-in revealed rather soon.

2018’s Game Awards shocked the world with one of the biggest Smash crossover announcements yet. Persona 5’s Joker joined the fight and now Fortnite could be next for a similar reveal. 

When pressed on the subject, Donald Mustard didn’t shut down the possibility. He simply “stated he can’t comment about it,” according to the leaked intel. Funnily enough, last time a dev said “no comment,” their game ended up in Smash.

Obviously, there’s no telling how significant this kind of crossover might be. We’ve seen everything from entirely new fighters to simple Mii skins as well. Given the popularity of Fortnite, however, there’s every chance a crossover with Smash would make waves in the industry.

Keep your eyes peeled over the coming weeks for any additional teasers. Keighley’s 2020 Game Awards kicks off on Thursday, December 10.