UCM Esports, a competitive gaming team at the University of Central Missouri that continues to grow in popularity since its inception in 2019, will conduct a Super Smash Bros Ultimate tournament 6 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1.

The tournament is being coordinated in cooperation with the United States Army National Guard and Central Missouri Intramurals and will feature a total prize pool of $1,500 for top participants.

The event takes place at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center, and will follow a one-versus-one double-elimination format. It is open to high school, college and alumni-level competitors, and there is no entry fee for the tournament, but competitors must register online by 4:59 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31. The registration form asks competitors to provide their email, name, gamer tag and school ID, if applicable.

Additionally, participants that bring a competition-ready gaming set-up consisting of a Nintendo Switch, power adapter, Super Smash Bros Ultimate with all downloadable content and an optional GameCube controller adapter will be awarded a free gift at the event.

The UCM Esports team was founded in response to global growth competitive electronic gaming as the fastest growing sport. The team, like other collegiate sports, rewards team members with experience, opportunities and scholarships.
UCM Esports recently finished registration for the fall 2021 semester, awarding $500 scholarships to team members. It currently features six different games in which students compete, Overwatch, Rocket League, Super Smash Bros Ultimate, Rainbow Six Siege, NBA 2k21, and Hearthstone.
For more information about UCM Esports, contact UCM Esports Head Coach Steve Shattuck via email at ucmesports@ucmo.edu. To register for the Super Smash Bros Ultimate tournament, complete the Google form. To withdraw from the tournament, participants must contact UCM Esports via email before the event.

In the photo: A University of Central Missouri senior computer science major from Centerview, Luke Krewson, left, recently participated in the UCM Esports signing event with team coach Steve Shattuck. The team is coordinating a tournament in cooperation with the Army National Guard Sept. 1.