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Smash Summit 11, which takes place July 15 through 18, has reached a record $92,000 prize pool and is continuing to grow.
For the first time, a Super Smash Bros. tournament has reached the $90,000 mark. Before, the record stood at nearly $84,000 for Smash Summit 5 according to Esports Earnings. With the shop still open, it looks like the prize pool for Summit 11 will only rise to new heights. Initially, the $100,000 mark was reached but then quickly corrected by the organization as it incorrectly displayed the prize pool with $9,600 too much due to a donation miscalculation. At the time of this writing, the prize pool stands at nearly $93,000.
Smash Summit 11 looks promising with a $90,000-plus prize pool
A host of invited, crowdfunded and qualified players will come together in Los Angeles to play in the Smash Summit 11 singles tournament. For this iteration, the theme is the Olympics.
Crowdfunding for the event began on June 25. On July 3, just eight days later, the event prize pool reached $70,000, making it the second-biggest prize pool ever. When it incorrectly reached $100,000, only about 12 hours had passed. Despite incorrect calculation, the prize pool had surpassed the record of $84,000 and was already the largest prize pool ever.
Smash Summit 11 will feature a line-up of high-profile Melee players such as Juan “Hungrybox” Debiedma, who was part of the vote-ins, Joseph “Mango” Marquez, Justin “Plup” McGrath and more.
Voting for the next competitors is still ongoing. Those who make purchases in the Smash Summit 11 shop earn more votes, which they can use to try to get their favorite players to the event. But even before all the voting concludes, the tournament is already shaping up as one of the biggest Smash tournaments.
Jeffrey “Axe” Williamson, who was voted in on July 3, had an emotional reaction on Twitch to making it in. Meanwhile, star player William “Leffen” Hjelte announced he was unable to attend the event due to visa issues.
Michael Kloos is a Dutch esports journalist and enthusiast with a particular like of Rocket League and VALORANT. He is also an avid fantasy/sci-fi reader and writer. He spends most of his time trying not to be in the real world.