Church gam­ing tour­na­ment is a smash­ing good time

The Standard Journal - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Sean Wil­liams [email protected]­

While lo­cal fundrais­ers aren’t rare, Crossview Church spiced things up by rais­ing money with a Su­per Smash Bros. Ul­ti­mate tour­na­ment. Sev­eral com­peti­tors from in and around Polk showed up to try their luck in the brack­ets, and though the ex­act amount raised was undis­closed, there’s al­ready talk of po­ten­tial fu­ture tour­na­ments.

“There will def­i­nitely be more to come,” tour­na­ment or­ga­nizer and Crossview at­tendee Bran­don Graham said. “It will get big­ger and more ex­cit­ing. There’s a lot of room for a fight­ing game com­mu­nity in Rock­mart.”

The funds, col­lected from en­try fees and con­ces­sions, will go to­wards bet­ter­ing the church and its projects. Crossview has a cloth­ing and food pantry, hosts weekly ser­vices, and works with youth in var­i­ous ways. Those in­ter­ested in at­tend­ing the gen­eral ser­vices can visit 519 N. Pied­mont Ave., Rock­mart ev­ery Sun­day at ei­ther 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m. More in­for­ma­tion on the group can be found at https://www.crossviewcc. com/.

Smash Smash Bros. Ul­ti­mate, which re­leased ear­lier in De­cem­ber of 2018, is a fight­ing game fea­tur­ing nu­mer­ous clas­sic video game char­ac­ters. It’s played in many ways, but the April 6 fundraiser en­forced tour­na­ment-style rules seen at events like EVO. The most no­table of these in­clude play­ing with­out items, play­ing only on cer­tain stages, and play­ing with stock lives.

It was ul­ti­mately Graham that earned the first place prize in an un­de­feated run with Luigi. Lo­cals Ezra Ja­cobs and Timothy Cusyck would take sec­ond and third re­spec­tively. While rais­ing funds was a prom­i­nent goal of the tour­na­ment, Graham also wanted to give lo­cal play­ers a chance to com­pete with­out trav­el­ing too far from home.

“The gen­eral video game com­mu­nity in Rock­mart is un­heard of,” Graham men­tioned. “So, we thought why not start a new trend for a good cause?”

The event even man­aged to bring com­peti­tors from as far as Car­roll­ton, and if Crossview con­tin­ued, there’s no telling how much tourism could be brought to Rock­mart. At the very least, lo­cals wouldn’t have to travel to At­lanta just to par­tic­i­pate in their hobby.

Those in­ter­ested in fol­low­ing the com­pet­i­tive Smash Bros. scene can visit or www.smash. gg for in­for­ma­tion on brack­ets, streams, and play­ers.

Gamers gath­ered at Crossview Church for a Su­per Smash Broth­ers tour­na­ment on April 6.

Gamers feel their de­feat and vic­tory dur­ing a Su­per Smash Broth­ers gam­ing tour­na­ment at Crossview Church on April 6.

Gamers gath­ered at Crossview Church for a Su­per Smash Broth­ers tour­na­ment on April 6.

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