The Canalta Conference Center was filled with Nintendo Enthusiasts on Saturday eager to show their Super Smash Brothers skills off to other competitors.
The first of its kind E-Sports event in Drumheller had gamers pit against each other to win a variety of prizes supplied by local business partners.
Gamers faced each other in groups of 4-5 players and were slowly eliminated into place categories. The top 10 challengers were live-streamed on a gaming broadcasting network.
The final game has Bailey Calderon and Naz Him play a best of five game run. Both players fought hard to win that first place title but Calderon came out victorious.
"This is my first tournament in Drumheller, I have played a couple others in school but nothing else beyond that. I helped out and just preparing it was so much fun. And to see the tournament we had come out was amazing and the cherry on top was taking the tournament. I think everyone had a blast, and it was good, I'm excited for the next one," explained Calderon who won $150 cash, and a free stay with Canalta.
In second place was Naz Him, who decided to challenge Calderon by choosing the same character player as his opponent in the final game in an attempt to throw over Calderon.
"I feel pretty good about it. It is not first place, but it is not bad. It was good in the sense that there were a lot of good players, but in the end, Bailey was in first place and his Donkey Kong came in first, that is for sure."
Him went home with $100 cash, a photoshoot graphic design package and a $25 gift card.
The real victory though was for Organizer Tony Stone, who was proud the first time event in Drumheller was a success.
"We had just under 30 contestants, which is great, in my opinion, for a first outing and lots of great energy. Our e-sports portion of the event was really well done. I truly believe that e-sports is in an upward trend right now and to bring that to Drumheller is only going to increase the value of what Drumheller can give to those who like to travel outside of their homes to come to things like this," concluded Stone.