Kola and Charliedaking earn the final vote-in slots for Smash Ultimate Summit 3
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Smash Ultimate Summit 3

Kola and Charliedaking earn the final vote-in slots for Smash Ultimate Summit 3

Prize Pool rises to over $150,000 in the process
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The final two players from the Smash Ultimate Summit 3 vote-in stage have been determined. After weeks of campaigning, the vote-in stage has concluded with record-shattering vote totals which means a record-setting prize pool. Moist Esports’ Kolawole “Kola” Aideyan and Southern California native, “Charliedaking” earned the last two spots. They will join Trevor “Atomsk” Hirschen, Aaron “Aaron” Wilhite, Counter Logic Gaming’s James “Void” Makekau-Tyson, and Michael “Riddles” Kim as the six crowdfunded players for the 16-player Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Invitational.

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Kola and CDK get in

It took until the final day but Kola, who is a part of Charles “MoistCr1TiKaL” White Jr’s new esports team – Moist Esports – made it in with over 184,000 votes. The Georgia native made a name for himself at the last major event before the pandemic when he placed second at CEO Dreamland. During the online era, Kola has won numerous events. The biggest online event Kola won was MoistCr1TiKaL’s first Soaked Series invitational. Kola also won the first major event since the Pandemic when he placed fist at InfinityCON back in June.

Southern California native, Charliedaking fended off a close race for the last spot between himself and Ethan “Peanut” Masterman. The Wolf main managed to drop over 60,000 votes in the final moments to put his vote count above 160,000. In the end, Charliedaking blew out Peanut with an over 30,000 vote victory. Peanut finished with a little over 133,000 votes.

The tournament will be these two players’ first Smash Summit event.

Smash Ultimate Summit 3’s prize pool passes $150,000

Due to the wild campaigning by everyone involved, Smash Ultimate Summit 3 smashed the previous prize pool record for a Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament. The second Smash Ultimate Summit had a little over $50,000 in the pool. Smash Ultimate Summit 3 added $100,000 on top of that and the prize pool can get even bigger.

As of the publication of this article, Smash Ultimate Summit 3 has a prize pool of $153,354 dollars. The biggest Smash Bros prize pool across any smash game was set just last month at Smash Summit 11. That prize pool ended up being just north of $155,000. The event is just over $2,000 away from smashing that record and there still is plenty of time for people to do that.

Smash Summit 3’s prize pool is largely crowdfunded. Fans can purchase various items through the Smash Summit compendium shop that will donate a proceed of their purchase to the prize pool.

Smash Ultimate Summit 3 kicks off on August 26th.

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Warren Younger
ASU alum with a B.A in Sports Journalism, Warren is one of the premier TFT Journalists in the scene and is a decent TFT player as well who has peaked Challenger and has had multiple accounts in Master+ over all sets. Warren also specializes in other esports content including League of Legends, Valorant, Smash Bros, and more.