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Super Smash Bros. tournament attracts players

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Even after six years, Super Smash Bros. Brawl remains a popular choice for a tournament, so Ben Webby and a couple of his friends decided to host one at Wall Street Imprintables.

“We’ve been playing this game for about three years, and we’ve wanted to see who is the best around,” Webby said.

One of the contestants at the event, Johnny Moore, was there to have fun and hoped to win the $300 for the single players category.

“I wanted to try to win. Even if I don’t win, at least I had a good time,” Moore said.

Video games have been a part of Moore’s life since he was seven years old. This tournament was an opportunity for him to become a better player, which is something he hopes to gain.

Among the other contestants were Jacob Mathews and Jesse Forty, who participated in the tournament as a team.

“I came here to test my skills on how good I am in Smash Bros,” Forty said.

Both Mathews and Forty started playing Super Smash Bros. since the ages of 7 and 8, respectively. “There’s other people out there that I can try to beat and give me a challenge,” Mathews said.

Kyle Christensen, a Bakersfield College student, saw the fliers around campus and decided to try the tournament.

“I don’t expect to win because there’s a bunch of good people here. Just for fun,” Christensen said.

Jonathan Silva, who became the winner in both categories, took a cash prize of $400 in the singles category and shared the $250 prize from the doubles category with teammate Chelsey Starbright.

“We came today because my friend and I, Chelsey, like going to these tournaments,” said Silva, who is from Fresno. “This is our favorite game.”

Silva has been playing Super Smash Bros. since the late ’90s when the first game came out.

“In all honesty, we came out to find what’s happening here to get the pulse of the community,” he said.

Both Silva and Starbright love meeting new players and hopefully get people involved in their events in the future.

According to Webby, there are plans to have more tournaments in the future. He also said that maybe in the next couple of months, they would be putting on another tournament with the same genre of game but a different title.

Something he hopes to gain from this is to establish a Facebook page dedicated to the Super Smash Bros. Brawl community in Bakersfield.

Webby said, “We need a tournament, we need to do this, and we can all just come together, have a good time, and meet some new people and expand that union of friendship.”

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