E-sports brings gamers to North Platte

Published: Jul. 5, 2020 at 2:24 PM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - 6910N1 MMA & Fitness is well-known to martial artists in the community for it’s fighters. However, on Sunday they attracted a different type of fighter.

The mixed martial arts gym hosted a Super Smash Bros. tournament for gamers.

Ryan MacDonald organized the event and said E-sports are becoming more popular.

“E-Sports is blowing up in bigger cities,” said MacDonald. “There’s a lot of good players here that don’t have the weekly’s and the monthly tournaments.”

MacDonald spent some time on the biggest stage in fighting, the UFC, and said training for a Super Smash Bros. tournament is very similar.

“It’s a lot like fighting in certain senses. But, it’s not as demanding for me.” said MacDonald. “It’s good because I’ve developed a community for fighting and I’ve developed a community for Smash. I just want to keep growing both of those things.”

The tournament attracted people from Norfolk to Alliance, Nebraska. According to Assistant Organizer Joshua Hughes Salavera, they wanted to make it as safe as possible.

“We’re making masks required for the event. We’ve set everything up six feet a part, two monitors for one setup, we’re wiping down all of the chairs and setups as soon as they’re done being used so the next person can play on them safely. So, if there is a risk it is completely minimized,” said Hughes Salavera.

The tournament hosted approximately 15 gamers with a cash prize for the winners.

MacDonald hopes to continue organizing tournaments like this one in the future.

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