With registration closed, the fighting game tournament, CEO 2019, has capped at 1,161 entrants for its first year hosting Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. CEO, an abbreviation for “Community Effort Orlando,” has hosted tournaments since 2010 in Florida. Run by fighting game enthusiast, Alex Jebailey, CEO hosts a wide variety of fighting game tournaments. Among them include Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, and Super Smash Bros. The CEO series has held Smash events as far back as 2010 for both Melee and Brawl.
Historically, the largest event for a single Smash title at CEO was in 2016, where 978 entrants entered the Super Smash Bros. for Wii U tournament. Some prominent Smash players, such as tournament champion and Snake player, MVD, have expressed their concern over CEO’s status as an A-Tier tournament. By that token, an “S-Tier” tournament features over 1,200 entrants for a single tournament event.
Compared to the 1,250 entrants at Momocon 2019 or the 2,150 participants at Genesis 6, CEO capped at just over 1,100 entrants. Despite this, however, the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament at CEO 2019 surpasses its own records. It broke the 978 previously held for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U at CEO 2016.
CEO 2019 and Beyond
CEO 2019 will host some of the greatest talents currently featured in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Among them include Tweek, Dabuz, Nairo, Salem, and Momocon 2019 champion, MKLeo. In addition, Melee competitors, such as Hungrybox, will be attending as well. CEO 2019 will take place on the weekend of June 28-30 at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, FL.
Finally, Alex Jebailey has also confirmed the Smash-centered event, CEO Dreamland, will return in 2020. Featuring an exclusive list of Smash Bros. and platform fighting titles, the tournament will be hosted at the CEO event’s old location, the Wyndham Hotel in Orlando, FL.
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