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Registration for Smashfest 4 is now open.

SKL eSports is proud to announce Western Canada’s first premier Smash Bros Ultimate tournament presented by IKS Media and the Saskatoon Blades. The event will be held at SaskTel Center in Saskatoon on January 12, 2019. With the game being released just over a month before this tournament, this is the best time to come try your skills against everyone in Western Canada!

With previous Smashfests at the University of Regina and the West Edmonton Mall, we are happy to return to the Sasktel Centre a 2nd time for our 4th Smashfest, with this one expected to be bigger than ever. Growing from 60 to 100 to 120 players, we expect this tournament to be our biggest yet by far.

Just like the last Smashfest, there will be areas for friends/family/other players to watch the tournament as it happens. Our lovely casters will be on hand to broadcast and stream the event. Everyone is welcomed to come watch the event, but to have a chance to play this game you must participate in this tournament!

The Saskatoon Blades are also hosting a video game theme night on Friday, January 11th, 2019 when they play against the Calgary Hitmen! Fans in attendance will have the opportunity to meet and greet with Smashfest contestants and SKL casters/admins! There will be video game vendors on hand promoting new products and a gaming area set up the night of the game so fans can will have a chance to try out the brand new Smash Bros game before the tournament on the 12th!

SKL Smashfest 3 Information!

SKL Smashfest 3 is happening tomorrow! For those of you who are just as excited as we are, here is everything that you need to know about the event.

The event itself is happening on the NewCap Radio Stage, just across from Sunrise Records and next to Deep Sea Adventure Lake. We have attached a map below showing the location of the stage.

If you did not pre-register online, SKL will have a booth set up from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. SKL at the FantasyLand Hotel in the West Edmonton Mall today only. If you have not registered for the event yet because you forgot, or you did not want to pay online, this is the absolute last chance to participate in this event.

SKL is proud to partner with the following companies, which are providing the following for our event:

IKS Media: Our lovely 6.5 by 14-foot broadcast screen is being setup by our generous partner, IKS Media. They will also be providing a large portion of the broadcasting equipment. IKS has partnered with SKL for every Smashfest so far, and we are lucky to have them.

West Edmonton Mall: Our amazing venue is courtesy of the West Edmonton Mall, allowing us to be on one of our biggest stages ever.

London Drugs: On top of providing the $750 total pot bonuses for the tournament, London Drugs will also be applying multiple in-store discounts, specifically for Smashfest! They will be selling a variety of Nintendo consoles/games, and even esports peripherals as well. Not only that, but they will also be giving away the following prizes every hour over the course of the day:

  1. Razer Kraken Pro V2 Gaming Headsets
  2. Razer Naga Trinity Gaming Mice
  3. Razer Huntsman Elite Gaming Keyboards
  4. Razer L33T Pack (Swag packs)
  5. Logitech G560 Speaker

All you have to do is come down and check out their booth!

HyperX: HyperX has sponsored SKL in the past, and they were gracious enough to provide us with four HyperX Cloud Headsets, which will be given to the top two finishers in Smash Melee Singles and Smash 4 Singles! They have also provided four awesome play mats which will go to the winning Double’s teams for both games.

1STRND: 1st Round is our official restaurant/After Party sponsor, and for the entire day of SKL Smashfest, they will provide anyone who shows them an SKL Player Card 10% off anything on the menu! Did you receive a player card at a previous SKL event? You can use it at 1RND! Don’t have one? Don’t worry. If you signed up for SKL Smashfest, you’ll get one free with your entry!

Red Bull: Red Bull is providing SKL with free swag to give out for the entirety of the event! Want to show your support for this outstanding esports sponsor? Come grab some swag and say you got it from the incredible people at SKL Esports!

The tentative schedule for the event is as follows (subject to change based on how the tournament is going):

10:00 a.m. – Doors open, set-up, and registration. Only people who have pre-registered on Smash.gg/sklwem, or pre-registered at the FantasyLand Hotel on October 19th between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. will be considered as officially registered for the event.

10:30 a.m. – Doubles starts

12:30 p.m. – Wave A Singles starts

1:30 p.m. – Wave B Singles starts

2:30 p.m. – Top 24

5:00 p.m. – Top 8

8:00 p.m. – Crowning of SKL Champions

SKL Smashfest 3 at West Edmonton Mall

We here at SKL are so excited that Smashfest, in partnership with IKS Media, the West Edmonton Mall, London Drugs, Hyper X, and Redbull, is coming up right around the corner! As it approaches, here is some information on the events that will be taking place at the West Edmonton Mall on October 20th, as well as what you can do to prepare for this awesome event.

Just like previous Smashfests, there will be areas for friends, family, and other players to watch the tournament as it happens. Our lovely casters will be on hand to broadcast and stream the event. Everyone is welcome to come watch the event, hang out, and enjoy the games!

Registration for the main tournament is now live at smash.gg/sklwem! For this event, you must per-register and prepay before the event. We are unable to accept registrations at the venue on the day of the tournament. You can also only enter three out of four events (Smash 4 Singles, Smash 4 Doubles, Smash Melee Singles and Smash Melee Doubles), in order to prevent disruption of the flow of the event.

After Smashfest at the West Edmonton Mall, SKL will be hosting an Official After Party, with details to come in the next week! The event will be held at the mall as well, so you won’t even have to leave the venue to come party with your favourite players and casters! This will be another opportunity to get discounted drinks, using your SKL Player Cards, which you receive for participating in any SKL events, including this Smashfest!

While we will likely continue support of Super Smash Brothers Melee, this will be our farewell tournament to Super Smash Brothers for the Wii U. Therefore, we are incredibly excited to announce our first Super Smash Brothers Ultimate tournament coming up in January! That’s right, we will be starting a brand-new Super Smash Brothers circuit in 2019 with Smash Ultimate, and our first flagship event will be held at the Sasktel Centre in Saskatoon. There will be more details to come both leading up to, and during this Smashfest, so you don’t want to miss out any of the action. So, come say goodbye to an amazing Smash game with some of the best players in Canada, including Captain L, Exodia, Scubbss, and Strike. Hope to see you there!

Dylan “Edge” Edgar and the SKL Team

 

Approximate Tournament Timeline:

10:00 a.m.: West Edmonton Mall doors open.

10:59 a.m.: Registration for SKL Smashfest closes

11:00 a.m.: SKL Smashfest begins

3:30 p.m.: Approximate start time of Top 24

5:00 p.m.: Approximate start time of Top 8

8:00 p.m.: Crowning of SKL Smashfest Champion

9:00 p.m.: SKL Smashfest After Party (Location TBD)

 

Prize Pool Breakdown for Smash 4 Singles (subject to increase between now and Oct. 20th):

1st Place: $200 + 40% of pot + 1 HyperX Cloud Headset

2nd Place: $100 + 20% of pot + 1 HyperX Cloud Headset

3rd Place: $60 + 10% of pot

4th Place: $40 + 10% of pot

5th -8th place: $20 + 5% of pot

 

Prize Pool Breakdown for Smash Melee Singles (subject to increase between now and Oct. 20th):

1st Place: $100 + 40% of pot + 1 HyperX Cloud Headset

2nd Place: $50 + 20% of pot + 1 HyperX Cloud Headset

3rd Place: $30 + 10% of pot

4th Place: $20 + 10% of pot

5th -8th place: $10 + 5% of pot

The SKLAN Tournament Schedule.

The day is finally here! We here at SKL are announcing the full SKLAN tournament schedule after teasing games for the last two weeks.

You may be wondering what the hour-long break sections consist of. Those are a mix of three things:

  • Need a break? Use the break time to sit back, relax, get some fresh air.
  • Did a tournament block go a bit longer than we wanted it to? We’ll use part of the break time.
  • Want to play a game in the casual area with other people at the LAN that isn’t on the schedule? Use the break time.

As for the other things on the schedule, we will be asking for the community’s feedback on what to do during each of these sections. Below are some of the ideas that we have come up with.

Reminder that SKLAN is on August 25th, 2018 at 12:00PM until August 26th at 12:00PM at the Travelodge Hotel in Saskatoon (106 Circle Drive West) in Galaxy’s A and B.

Fortnite

Duo’s Tournament (Bring a duo partner or we’ll find you one!)

Pick-up squads (Bring a squad or we’ll find you one!)

1v1v1v1 Tournament in the Playground

DOTA 2

5v5 Tournament (Bring a team or we will help find you one!)

Build-Your-Hero Mode

Pick up teams (Just play normal/random games with your friends!)

League of Legends

5v5 Tournament (Bring a team or we will help find you one!)

ARAM’s

1v1 Tournament

Teach a “noob” how to play League!

Nexus Blitz! Try the Alpha of the new game mode!

Pick up Normal Games (Bring a team or we’ll help you find one!)

Dragon Ball FighterZ

A bracket will be formed using the in-game bracket system.

CounterStrike: Global Offensive

Tournament with a local server (Bring a team or we will help find you one!)

Hearthstone

Tournament

Casual/friendly matches

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

Custom server lobbies (Solos, Duos or Squads)

Pick-up squads (Bring a squad or we’ll find you one!)

Rocket League

3v3 Fun matches

Pick-up ladder play

Starcraft 2

To be discussed at the event.

Overwatch

6v6 Mixed Teams (Sign up and we’ll match players together randomly on teams based on roles!)

Heroes of the Storm

5v5 Tournament (Bring a team or we’ll find you one!)

Want to learn? We have lots of players willing to teach you!

Rainbow 6: Siege

5v5 Tournament (Bring a team or we’ll find you one!)

Want to learn? We have lots of players willing to teach you!

Minecraft

Although there isn’t a Minecraft tournament, a Minecraft server will be available through the full LAN event. Details to the server will be available at the event.

Community Voted

We have, and will continue to ask for player’s votes for our Community Voted section. This can be a game that has been played earlier in the night that we want more time for, or a game no one has ever heard of, or a game that we accidentally missed! You want it? Suggest and VOTE for it on our Discord (discord.gg/sklesports)!

While a lot of these events might seem “hardcore”, we assure you, this LAN is whatever you make it to be. Want to play one game the entire night with your friends? You can do that! Want to play in as many tournaments as possible to try and prove your stuff against other people in Western Canada? You can do that too! Want to grab random people and play other LAN favourites such as Warcraft 3, Gary’s Mod, Jackbox Games or Quake? You can absolutely do that too!

If you have not signed up for the LAN already, our early bird pricing of $30 ($10 off the door price) ends August 19th, 2018. You can register by clicking here. If that wasn’t incentive enough, signing up before August 19th, 2018 also enters you to win both an MSI Interceptor Mouse and Keyboard!

For anyone attending the Warhammer ITC or SKL Smashkatoon, remember: if you decide to come to the LAN afterwards, you receive $10 off your LAN ticket. So if you sign up for Smashkatoon or the ITC before August 19th, entry to the LAN will only be $20!

What should I bring to SKLAN?

  • Computer/Laptop
  • Monitor
  • Keyboard and mouse
  • Headset
  • Ethernet cable. The longer the better. We recommend 20+ feet.
  • Power bar (we can’t provide one for everyone)
  • Extra cash. There will be a snack concession, bar, and restaurant on the premises.

What should I not bring to SKLAN?

  • Absolutely no USB drives, external hard drives, etc. that contain illegal/pirated software.
  • No outside food, drinks, or snacks.

How do I prepare for SKLAN?

  • Download and update all of your games beforehand. Internet bandwidth may be limited.
  • If you are using Steam, make sure to set it to offline mode before attending.
  • There will be lots of people in and out and we’re in for a long event, so make sure you’re being courteous and practicing proper hygiene before the event to make sure we all have the best time possible.

SKLAN, Saskatchewan’s Largest LAN Party.

SKL eSports is proud to partner with Airline Hotels to present SKLAN! SKLAN is Saskatchewan’s newest, biggest LAN party which will be held August 25th, 2018 at 12:00PM until August 26th at 12:00PM at the Travelodge Hotel in Saskatoon (106 Circle Drive West) in Galaxy’s A and B! That’s right, 24 hours of gaming in one amazing venue!

Pre-registration for SKLAN will be $30 and signups at the door will be $40. Bring your own computer/equipment will be in effect. This includes power cables for your computer and monitor(s), a power bar, an Ethernet cable (longer the better), and any other equipment needed for your computer. There will be an assortment of door prizes given out throughout the night. What would a LAN event be without some energy drinks? Red Bull was kind enough to provide us with some free Red Bull to SKLAN participants!

Tournaments for various games will be held over the entire 24 hour period, and SKL will be creating a game list to ensure you have everything downloaded, updated and ready to play before the event happens! Tournaments and events at the LAN will include (so far):

League of Legends
Hearthstone
Fortnite
Overwatch
Counter Strike: Global Offensive
World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth
Minecraft

Games that we are looking for feedback/interest from the community include:

Rocket League
Heroes of the Storm
DOTA2
Rainbow Six: Siege
Starcraft 2
Warcraft 3
Gary’s Mod
Gang Beasts

If you have a game you want to try and have a tournament/event for, join our Discord channel and add your suggestion to the game-suggestions channel under the SKLAN category.

Don’t want to play in any tournaments? That’s okay! There will be plenty of casual gamers hanging out enjoying the classic LAN atmosphere. Come and just game with other gaming/eSport fans!

On top of the LAN event, SKL will be hosting SKL Smashkatoon 31 from 10AM to 10PM on August 25th, 2018 in the Viscount room. We will also be hosting one of the largest Warhammer 40k events in Western Canada from 10AM to 7PM August 25th, 2018 and August 26th, 2018 in the Delta/Concord room. Registration from these events will be separate from the LAN event.

You can read our FAQ here or click the Get started! button below.

One Up

Hello everyone!

Unfortunately, SKL will be postponing Smashfest 3, which was to be held in Regina from June 2nd, 2018, until October 20, 2018. This is not something to be disappointed about, however. SKL is going into a new frontier, as we are expanding past our Saskatchewan borders and bringing to everyone an event held at one of the most iconic venues in Alberta.

Welcome to SKL Smashfest: West Edmonton Mall.

That’s right, SKL will be hosting our iconic Super Smash Brothers tournament on the Newcap Radio stage at the West. Edmonton. Mall. This will be online pre-registration only and spots WILL fill up so make sure to sign up as soon as you can. For those of you who have already registered for SKL 3, if you would like to use that registration towards Smashfest WEM, congratulations! You are already signed up for one of the biggest Smash Bros tournaments in Western Canada.

Further details regarding the event, prizing and registration details will come in the coming weeks, but we are super excited to be expanding into Alberta. For fans of our other esports, take note. SKL is no longer just Saskatchewan Esports.

Western Canada…We are coming.

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