When I heard that Nintendo was bringing back a competitive event called the Nintendo World Championships it kind of excited me. I think these types of events are a great way to show the social and competitive side of the video games industry in a similar way on how people would view other hobbies such as a traditional sport. It did make me wonder if you would dub this an eSport event or if it is simply a contest.
I actually have experience in helping to run events like these such as the recent Super Smash Club Event here in Canada. Based on what I saw, I hope they run this world championship more like an actual competition as opposed to an event gathering. That was one of my suggestions after the Smash Brothers event as in many ways it felt a little too toned down in the beginning I felt. It’s at the end when we had the final players on the big screen and calling everything out with play-by-play when the room got really excited. When you attend events like these do you go there more to meet people or to test your skills?
Unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be any Best Buy locations in Canada that will be hosting this competition. But for those in the US, these are the locations that were announced:
1717 Harrison St., San Francisco, CA
3675 Pacific Coast Highway, Torrance, CA
10760 NW 17th St., Miami, FL
900 E. Golf Road, Schaumburg, IL
12905 Elm Creek Blvd. N, Maple Grove, MN
5001 Northern Blvd., Long Island City, NY
9378 N. Central Expressway, Dallas, TX
2214 S. 48th St., Tacoma, WA
Hoping there will be some good E3 coverage for the event at least.