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We are bringing esports to Columbus! Besides being the fastest-growing sport genre, esports has a primary target audience that is critical to parks and recreation agencies:  teens and young adults. Did you know that, “70 percent of kids stop playing sports by the age of 13, while, in contrast, 90 percent of kids ages 12–17 play video games” (National Alliance for Youth Sports)? It is important to us that we provide a socially inclusive, safe space for those whom might be otherwise secluding themselves to play egames or esports. As a parks department who is also aware of and working to combat the national obesity epidemic, we will be working to also introduce VR (virtual reality) segments of egames and esports to provide participants with an alternative that will keep them active!

A New Foe Approaches (a Super Smash Bros Ultimate Tournament) Flyer PDF
Activity Code 512000 | Registration Deadline Dec 23 at 5pm
  1A Tournament or Section 1B Casual Play
  Saturday, December 28
Time:  4:00pm
Location:  Donner Center
Ages:  14+ for tournament play (no age for non-tournament)
  $20 Tournament (fee includes casual play), $10 Casual Play or come be a spectators for free!

The Tournament:  Think you’re good enough to hang in a battle of Super Smash Bros Ultimate? Be sure to enter our tournament but please ensure you can meet the following requirements:  are 14 or older, bring a Joycon or Pro controller, register by the above deadline, and can verify your age at the door (ID or Adult). Tournament prizes will be given out for 1st and 2nd place along with flavor prizes for having the most self-destructions, most damage in a single game, most knockouts, and for being the Kingmaster!

Casual Play:  We welcome you to pre-register (recommended as spots are limited) for the casual play ticket which will get you access to view the Super Smash Ultimate tournament as well as join our casual play participants. There are no age restrictions for the casual play registration. Our casual play stations for this tournament will include:  Mario Cart (Wii), Rocket League, Mortal Combat and a Virtual Reality (VR) station.

Spectators:  Not sure what esports is all about, but we’ve peaked your interest? Are you a gamer who has yet to venture into the world of organized esports? This is a great first option for you, so feel free to stop by and check it out! If you decide to add a ticket for casual play ($10), you may do so at the door!

Resister online, by phone at (812) 376-2680, or by visiting Donner Center at 739 22nd Street.