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Millersville students Super Smash through gaming brackets

Students playing various video games on big screens. (Taylor Cole/Snapper)

Taylor Cole
Staff Writer

This past weekend, Ville After Dark hosted an XBOX ONE Tournament complete with six large projection screens, quality sound systems, and popular games. Students came out around 8:30 p.m. to participate in the fun.

Students playing various video games on big screens. (Taylor Cole/Snapper)
Students playing various video games on big screens. (Taylor Cole/Snapper)

The games available to play included Street Fighter 5, NBA 2K16, FIFA 2K16, Injustice and Super Smash Bros. Students lined up to participate in tournaments for all five games where they signed up for brackets. Players were then called to the specific games to compete with another player. The winner of the bracket won prizes depending on the game they won. Prizes included an Underarmour football, t-shirts, Madden NFL 16, NHL 16 and a $50 GameStop gift card.
After a three and a half hour tournament of NBA 2K16, Evan Harper won and received a KanJam game and a football. Izzy Kinning dominated in Street Fight 5, Injustice, and Super Smash Bros. He won both video games and the $50 gift card to GameStop. Finally, one other Millersville gamer won FIFA 2016. He received a game of ladder ball, tennis balls, and a t-shirt.

Izzy Kinning won three tournaments. (Taylor Cole/Snapper)
Izzy Kinning won three tournaments. (Taylor Cole/Snapper)

Before the event started, Millersville’s Super Smash Bros club brought out their TVs and GameCubes and sat along next to the XBOX ONE Tournament Ville After Dark hosted. DJ Lewis, one of the founders of the Super Smash Bros Club, stated that the club meets every Friday around 6 p.m. in SMC 24. Often, the club has tournaments where prizes are awarded. At the club, players can decide whether they’d like to be a part of a bracket or just play in a friendly tournament. “We offer atmospheres for players of all abilities to play,” Lewis says, “That’s why the friendly play is available so everyone can practice and have fun.”

 

Evan Harper won a football and a Kanjam. (Taylor Cole/Snapper)
Evan Harper won a football and a Kanjam. (Taylor Cole/Snapper)

There’s a huge culture surrounding the world of competitive gaming not only at Millersville. Competitive video game championships are being held internationally. Typically, games played at these events include strategy or fighting games. These tournaments can be local and small-scaled. They also can be held at arenas and stadiums where thousands of people come to watch the tournament go down.

These events are also televised on major television channels. eSports has their own organization called the Major League of Gaming (MLG). Tournaments the MLG hosts have aired on sports networks like ESPN. The MLG hosts tournaments for games like Call of Duty, League of Legends, Soul Kalibur and Super Smash Bros.

Millersville’s XBOX ONE tournament was a night of competitive gaming at its finest.

Check out flyers around campus for more information on Ville After Dark events. On Friday April 15, Ville After Dark takes Millersville to play Laser Tag. Make sure to get your tickets! Saturday April 16, the club hosts two showings of Star Wars: The Force Awakens at 9 p.m. and 12 a.m. in the SMC MPR.