The absence of Super Smash Bros. from Evo later this year is a bit of a downer for some. Nintendo officially withdrew from the huge fighting game tournament earlier this year, months after Sony bought the Evolution Championship Series. That doesn’t mean fans will have to miss out on some smashing action this summer, though.
The Panda Cup has been officially announced — an official Nintendo-licensed North American circuit that will pit 32 of the best players of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Super Smash Bros. Melee against each other across multiple dates.
Kicking off on 24th June at Evo rival live CEO, the circuit will make eight stops before stopping in Los Angeles for the Last Chance Qualifiers and the finale, which will determine the best Ultimate and Melee player out there. There will also be online qualifiers for Ultimate. starting in July through to October, with dates yet to be announced.
- 24th to 26th June: CEO (Daytona, Florida)
- 1st to 3rd July: Get On My Level (Toronto)
- 29th to 31st July: Smash Factor 9 (Cholula, Puebla)
- 30th September to 2nd October: Lost Tech City (San Antonio, Texas)
- 7th to 9th October: The Big Hours 10 (Detroit)
- 28th to 30th October: Let’s Make Moves (Miami)
- 12th to 13th November: Saving Mr. Lombardi 3 (Irvine, California)
- 18th to 20th November: Dreamhack Atlanta (Atlanta)
- 15th December: Panda Cup Finale Last Chance Qualifier (Los Angeles)
- 16th to 18th December: Panda Cup Finale (Los Angeles)
While Nintendo is licensing the tournament, it is “not a sponsor, co-sponsor, or administrator of this tournament”. Over $100,000 dollars are up for grabs, and the prize pool will be split between the winners of the Ultimate and Melee tournaments.
You can find out more about the Panda Cup over on the official website.
Will you be watching any of these events? Are you glad to see a new, official Smash tournament? Let us know in the comments.