GameWorks, Inc. to Host Large, National Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament; Esports Prize Pool Valued at $25,000

The Showdown Tournament Featuring Super Smash Bros. Ultimate to be
Held at all Seven GameWorks Venues

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/GWesports?src=hash” target=”_blank”gt;#GWesportslt;/agt;–GameWorks,
Inc.
, a full entertainment and dining experience for millennials,
teens and families, announced today it will host one of the largest
national esports tournaments to date for the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
game. The
GameWorks Showdown
tournament will be held across all
seven GameWorks venues nationwide
. It is expected to attract
thousands of players throughout the country between all the locations.

An impressive lineup of tournament sponsors has been secured, including COUGAR,
the official Platinum Level Event Sponsor, a manufacturer and provider
of gaming gear, which are featured in many GameWorks esports lounges;
Gold Level Event Sponsor, Alienware,
a leading gaming laptop and desktop manufacturer (wholly owned
subsidiary of the world’s largest PC maker, Dell); and, Silver Level
Event Sponsor Tabasco,
makers of the special, original red pepper sauce.

The GameWorks Showdown competition features a large winners pool
consisting of both cash and prizes valued at $25,000. This includes
Alienware products, such as an Area 51M gaming laptop, culminating in a
grand finals cash prize of $10,000.

The process for the tournament begins with GameWorks holding three local
qualifier points rounds weekly at each of its locations nationwide, with
the first on Sunday, May 12, 2019, followed by those on
consecutive Sundays, May 19 and May 26. Each qualifier will begin
at approximately 10:00 A.M. local time. On Friday, June 7, 2019,
a last chance regional qualifier points round will also be held at each
location, with a start time of approximately 6:00 P.M. local time.

Fourteen players from the three local qualifiers and two from the last
chance qualifiers at each of the seven GameWorks locations will move on
to the regional qualifiers, for a total of 16 from each venue or 112
combined. Winners will be determined by most points scored during play.
The regional qualifiers will then be held at all seven GameWorks
locations on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. At the conclusion
of the regional tournament, one winner from each location, or seven in
total, will prevail. They will be eligible to participate in the
national competition, with travel expenses paid by GameWorks, to be held
at GameWorks
Las Vegas – Town Square
on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 11:00 A.M.

In addition to the seven qualified players, there will be a last chance
national qualifier the night before the grand finals, held at GameWorks
Las Vegas – Town Square on Friday, June 28, 2019 at 6:00 P.M.,
and the one winner from this competition will join the seven regional
champions as they continue to battle it out for the grand final cash
prize pool of $10,000.

Admission fees are as follows:

  • Local Qualifiers, Weeks 1-3 = $30 entry fee per week
  • Last Chance Local Qualifier, Week 4 = $50 entry fee
  • Last Chance National Qualifier = $50 entry fee

Registration will open on Monday, April 22, 2019. For more information
on GameWorks Showdown and to participate, players can register here.
Spectators are welcome to attend without any entry fees.

“GameWorks is leading the esports phenomenon nationally. This
multi-location tournament across seven GameWorks venues nationwide is
among the country’s largest to date. This is also one of the largest
tournaments and highest prize pools for a Smash Bros. Ultimate
competition. We are affording dedicated Smash Bros. players and
communities within our venues the opportunity to participate nationally
and compete with players around the country. We are capturing the
interest of this distinct audience by giving them a national platform to
compete for high stakes,” said Philip N. Kaplan, chairman and chief
executive officer at GameWorks.

“These are exciting times for GameWorks as we pave the way for the
future of esports. The enthusiasm we are seeing and the excitement that
is building through all our esports lounges is unrivaled. This is the
first of many national tournament opportunities GameWorks will be
presenting to gamers and spectators as the explosive interest in esports
continues. Esports is still in the embryonic stage, with massive market
potential. GameWorks is leveraging its position as an original player in
the space as we grow our company,” Kaplan added.

The grand finals of GameWorks Showdown will be streamed live on Twitch.
To follow and share status updates about GameWorks Showdown, use
#GameWorks, #GWesports and #showdown2019.

About GameWorks, Inc.

GameWorks,
Inc.
offers a full entertainment and dining experience for
millennials, teens and families, from seven locations nationwide,
including those in Virginia – Chesapeake, Denver – Northfield/Stapleton,
Las Vegas – Town Square, Minneapolis – Mall of America, Cincinnati –
Newport on the Levee (Ky.), Chicago – Schaumburg and Seattle – Downtown.
Each action-packed location ranges, on average, from between 20-30,000
square feet and features approximately 140 of the most popular arcade
and video games.

GameWorks is recognized nationally for its esports emphasis. All venues
feature modern, high-tech and high-touch esports
lounges
. GameWorks created an atmosphere designed to meet the
comfort and optimum performance of gamers. Each full-service, premium
GameWorks esports lounge is equipped with, on average, 20-40 PCs and
consoles and an extensive library of approximately 100 of the most
popular, up-to-date video games. Venues host hundreds of tournaments and
events, attracting tens of thousands of guests annually, who
participate, play socially or are spectators. Other interactive
activities, ranging from laser tag, billiards and other special
attractions, are offered at various locations. Every location features The
Works Kitchen at GameWorks
, a new, eclectic, chef-driven restaurant
concept that takes a Modern American spin on bar classics.

GameWorks also operates TableTop
Tap House
, a top-rated restaurant, sports bar and social game hall
serving modern American tavern-style food and drinks in San Francisco.

For more information, please visit www.gameworks.com,
or connect with the Company on LinkedIn,
Twitter
and Facebook.

Contacts

For Further Information, Contact:
Susan
Turkell, 303-766-4343, [email protected]

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