City of Pasco, Tri-City Tumble to host new youth esports tournament series every other Saturday

PASCO, Wash. — Do you love playing video games? Would you consider yourself competitive? Are you free on Saturday?

If you answered yes to at least one of these questions, here’s a fun opportunity to get involved with the community.

The City of Pasco and Tri-City Tumble are partnering up on a recurring eSports tournament series for the video game “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” for the Nintendo Switch, a news release said.

Every other Saturday at 1:30 p.m., gamers can play in a double-elimination bracket at the Pasco Parks and Recreation Activity Center located at 525 N 3rd Ave 1st Floor, Pasco, WA 99301.

Mike Gonzalez, the city’s economic development manager, said it’s an exciting opportunity for both residents and the downtown area.

“It gives our kids in Pasco and surrounding cities a safe place to go and enjoy a fun activity. Gaming competitions are a growing force and can be a tremendous draw for families and their kids to our city and downtown core,” Gonzalez said. “You look at anywhere from 60-90 players can come to the city hall, they’re going to bring their family, their friends, their parents.”

Gonzalez said it’s also important to give children from all economic backgrounds “an opportunity to play something that’s fun or productive.”

“We realize in Pasco some of the incomes are not as high as some other parts… say West Richland and Richland,” Gonzalez said. “It really gives our kids in Pasco the opportunity to not have to travel so far and play a fun sport because you have to realize that esports is a real sport.”

To watch live, click here.

To get updates regarding tournaments, click here for the Discord server and here for the Facebook group.

If you’re interested in sponsoring Tri-City Tumbles you can reach out to Sponsor@whiplashfgt.com

For all other inquiries, you can contact Jordan Davis, the Tournament Organizer, at Jordan@whiplashfgt.com.

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