It’s the new year and New Wave Esports’ portfolio company Even Matchup Gaming (EMG) already has big news with their latest event Let’s Make Big Moves. The Super Smash Bros. Major was held in New York in the 10,000 sq ft venue at the legendary New Yorker Hotel. It featured several tournaments including Smash Ultimate 1v1, Squad Strike, and 2v2. Over 1000 people attended with 750 participants while 344,000 plus fans tuned in to watch live on Twitch. The quantity of globally ranked players in attendance for this event secured EMG an S-Tier Major ranking (highest possible) as dictated by the governing body for Smash Bros Rankings, Panda Global Rankings, and is the first S-Tier event in the Tristate area history and the largest Smash Bros event ever held in New York overall. Additionally, Let’s Make Big Moves is the largest-ever single-game Smash Ultimate competition hosted in the United State’s East Coast region.
In attendance were some of the biggest names in Smash Bros. including notable players: Tweek, Samsora, Nairo, Marss, Dabuz, Anti, Kameme, Shuton, Tea, Raito, Muteace, Light, Cosmos, Maister, Leon, Rivers, Mr.E, Dark Wizzy, Wishes, Gen, Goblin, Nick C, MVD, RaffiX, Wadi, Void, Lui$, Riddles, Blacktwins, Jw, and Larry Lurr.
The battles were intense and highlighted the best of what Smash Ultimate majors can offer in Smash Ultimate 1v1, Squad Strike, and 2v2 tournament play. Nairoby “Nairo” Quezada took first place in Singles, Tyler “Marss” Martins took first place in Squad Strike, while Rasheen “Dark Wizzy” Rose and Paris “Light” Ramirez won doubles.
EMG is a New Wave Esports portfolio company, in which New Wave Esports has an 18% stake. On December 2nd, 2019, New Wave Esports announced that it had entered a definitive share purchase agreement to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Even Matchup Gaming that it does not currently own. The success of “Let’s Make Big Moves” reinforces New Wave Esports’ decision to acquire EMG and continue building the esports industry with a keen focus on growth and sustainability. New Wave Esports is committed to leading the continued growth of the esports industry and offers investors a diversified opportunity to invest in the entire esports ecosystem.
“The success we saw at this year’s Let’s Make Big Moves event has propelled Even Matchup Gaming into early success in 2020”, Dan Mitre, CEO of New Wave Esports said. “EMG’s ability to produce a high-quality S-tier event proves that they can contribute to the esports industry and our portfolio in a significant way that continues to attract the partnership of AAA publishers, globally recognized brands looking to sponsor events, and new and existing fans to the fighting game community, all while representing critically acclaimed games in a polished manner.”
You can see the full Let’s Make Big Moves stream and highlights on Twitch here.
Read the full press release here.