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Spartan Smash tourney expected to draw 200 high school players

esports logo 2021Spartan Smash 2022 set for Saturday, Nov. 19 at Manchester University is expected to draw as many as 200 high school players to the North Manchester, Indiana, campus.

At the one-day invitational, players will compete in a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament for scholarships and bragging rights. Entry in the tournament is free. 

Each of the top eight players will be eligible for a $3,000 Esports Scholarship award to attend Manchester. This would be in addition to any other financial aid for which they would otherwise qualify.

Coaches are encouraged to bring their entire teams, but Spartan Smash is open to all high school players. They do not have to be on team or live in Indiana. All participants will be treated to lunch and receive a Manchester esports swag bag.

More than 20 high schools were represented at the 2021 tournament. The top finishers were from Hobart, DeKalb, Carmel and Mississinewa high schools.

Updates and registration information can be found @MU_esport on Twitter or

Admission is free for family members who want to watch.

The tournament bracket will be available the morning of Spartan Smash.  

esports 2021 GLECManchester’s varsity-level Smash team won the Great Lakes championship three times in a row and competed in the 2022 Collegiate Esports Commissioners Cup.

Scholarships are available at Manchester for League of Legends, Rocket League, Super Smash Bros., Fortnite, Overwatch and Valorant. There are currently more than 80 students on the MU esports roster.

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Manchester University esports director is Garrett Schieferstein,

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October 2022