One of the largest e-sports tournaments, DreamHack, announced on Friday that the popular Gamecube game “Super Smash Bros. Melee” will be played competitively at two of their e-sports events this year.

 

 

In September, the first “Melee” tournament will be featured at DreamHack London with a $20,000 prize pool. The tournament’s organizers are confident that “Melee” will do well, and have already planned to showcase the game at the tournament’s November event in Sweden with a $30,000 prize pool. Since the game’s release in 2001, two “Smash Bros.” sequels have been released, but lately “Melee” is being featured in much bigger tournaments than newer games in the series. How is it that the competitive “Melee” scene has stood the test of time?

 

 

After “Super Smash Bros. Brawl” was released on the Nintendo Wii in 2008, less people paid attention to “Melee” tournaments, and the game’s competitive scene came close to nonexistent. In 2013, “Melee” started to make a comeback after the release of the nine part YouTube documentary, “The Smash Brothers.” The documentary gave a history of the game’s former professional scene and interviewed some of the best “Melee” players in the world. This helped gamers gain interest in the scene once again, and they started demanding that “Melee” make it to tournaments once again.  

 

“Super Smash Bros. Melee has been one of the most requested e-sports tournaments at DreamHack during the last few years,” said the DreamHack website.  

 

The HTC Throwdown event in California is also featuring “Melee” on the same day as DreamHack’s September tournament. Now, professional “Melee” players will have to decide between the two events.

 

The head of e-sports at DreamHack, Christian Lord, made a statement about the colliding schedules being “unfortunate,” and that both parties had planned their event a long time in advance. However, Lord is staying positive and believes this will be a good chance to help “build the Smash community in both North America and Europe.”

 

Are you excited to see ‘Melee’ on the London stage? Have you followed the game’s competitive scene? Leave a comment or talk to me on Twitter @Karbowski_Devon.