Avalon Tournament Series
Based in The Netherlands
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The Dutch competitive Smash Bros. community strives to provide tournaments and spread content related to the Smash Bros. franchise. Avalon is the premier Dutch tournament series since 2013.
The first Super Smash Bros. game was released for Nintendo 64 in 1999, featuring 12 characters from various popular Nintendo franchises. The game appealed to a large audience due to its relatively simple control scheme, while simultaneously adding a twist to the fighting game genre through its unique combo system and emphasis on mobility and positioning. It was a commercial success, but it wasn’t until Super Smash Bros. Melee for GameCube hit the shelves in late 2001 (early 2002 for Europe), that the series really took off.
While many players enjoyed the game casually, there were various players across the world who felt that there was a depth to Melee worthy of a more competitive setting. The first Dutch tournament took place in November 2002 and spiraled into a consistent series until late 2005. From there on out various tournaments organizers picked up the torch, with some years seeing more activity than others. These beginnings were often humble, with attendance ranging from approximately 10 to 50 people. While the Dutch were early adopters, several other European countries, the United States and Japan had a bustling competitive scene at this point as well.
In 2008 interest in the Smash Bros. series was renewed with a sequel to Melee: Super Smash Bros. Brawl for Wii. Though many Melee enthusiasts felt that the game was in some ways (too) different from Melee, it quickly had a scene of its own. In the Netherlands this was further fueled by the creation of SmashNL, a website and forum launched specifically as a hub for the Dutch competitive scene. Through SmashNL and other initiatives various large tournaments were hosted for both Melee and Brawl and it became common for the bigger events to have over 80 people in attendance. The Dutch also had a strong presence internationally in both games, typically filling up a lot of the top spots.2013-present
In 2013 Melee saw a global revival through an American documentary about primarily the earlier days of the scene and the inclusion of the game at EVO, the world’s largest fighting game event. New levels of professionalism were reached in the areas of live streams and event coverage, which in turn attracted mainstream media and sponsors. In the Netherlands, longtime players Marc and Remen decided to follow up on their successful 2012 series of 8 locals (32-48 entrants), by launching Avalon. Avalon has since proven itself as the premier Dutch tournament series with a consistent attendance of 130-140 people (the cap of the venue used), including competitors from Germany, France, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States, Mexico and Canada.
Recent times have been exciting, as a new game in the Smash Bros. series was launched in late 2014 for Wii U and 3DS. There is a global upwards trend in attendance, with several American events breaking 1000 entrants for both Melee and Smash Wii U in 2015. Furthermore, SmashEurope was launched in pursuit of a more unified European community capable of running high quality events through effective and efficient international cooperation. The Avalon team has increased the frequency of events in 2016 and is looking for opportunities to take things even further.
Avalon M Highlights YouTube
The Avalon Impression (documentary) YouTube
Avalon VI Highlights YouTube
- "Avalon M-II preview"
- SmashBoards writing staff, SmashBoards
- "Avalon M review"
- Rutger Mensch, SmashEurope
- "Super Smash Bros. is na vijftien jaar groter en populairder dan ooit" (Dutch coverage of Avalon X)
- Joost Mollen, Vice Motherboard
- "Avalon IX review"
- Marc Hagen, SmashEurope
- "Avalon VIII preview"
- Joeri van Ees, SmashEurope
- "Avalon VI tournament review"
- SmashBoards/SmashNL writing staff, SmashBoards
- "Avalon VI preview"
- Joeri van Ees, SmashBoards
- "Avalon IV tournament review"
- Joeri van Ees, SmashNL
SmashEurope was recently launched in an effort to work towards a more unified European community capable of running high quality events through effective and efficient international cooperation. It can be visited at: http://www.smasheurope.com.
SmashBoards was founded in 1999 under the name Smash World and gradually evolved into the central forum of the worldwide competitive Smash Bros. community. It can be visited at: http://www.smashboards.com.
SmashNL was built in 2008 to act as the hub for the Dutch Smash Bros. scene. Activity has mostly shifted to the community page on Facebook. It can be visited at: http://www.smash-bros.nl.
Team & Repeating Collaborators
Avalon TO, SmashNL team, SmashBoards admin, SmashEurope editor
Avalon TO, SmashEurope editor
Joeri van Ees
SmashNL team, SmashEurope writer
SmashNL webmaster, SmashEurope webmaster, Avalon webmaster
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