After a tough bracket which saw international talent go head to head, Canada’s Elliot “Ally” Carroza-Oyarce has claimed the Super Smash Bros. for Wii U gold medal in the very first eGames showcase in Rio. Ally saw off threats from Trinidad and Tobago’s Wabz, Mexico’s MK Leo and the USA’s Larry Lurr in order to claim the number one spot. Larry Lurr did take silver for the USA while MK Leo brought home the bronze for Mexico.
Further down the bracket, the UK’s J Miller achieved fourth place, Germany’s Sodrek and Trinidad and Tobago’s Wadz landed at fifth, with Brazil’s Player 7 and Argentina’s Gado finishing in seventh. Despite some problems with the stream overlays–and occasionally getting player pictures and their characters mixed up–this showcase was a successful proof of concept, full of high quality matches and acting as a good template for future eGames events. With Japan hosting the 2020 Olympics in four years, we may have an equivalent or even bigger eGames tournament to look forward to, with hopefully more games and more countries competing for the gold.