Fall Brawl coming to MSU

Gamers, start your computers and get your thumbs limber, the gaming event of the year is only a few days away. Starting Saturday, there will be tables, computers and consoles galore in the SUB ballrooms along with an abundance of games and tournaments to go along with them. If you feel you’re competitive in League of Legends, Hearthstone, Super Smash Bros or just about any fighting game you can think of, Fall Brawl is the event for you.

“With Fall Brawl, we’re trying to have the largest gaming event Montana has ever seen,” said event organizer Blake Mickatavage. “It’s going to be a massive LAN (local area network) party with a bunch of tournaments. You can also bring your own computer and just hang out with friends. It’s not required that you participate in the tournaments.”

“There will be cash prizes for every tournament we have except for Hearthstone due to gambling laws.” Mickatavage said  “Every tournament will have a $5 entry fee and the prizes will be split 60 percent – 30 percent – 10 percent for the top three finishers. The tournament structure will be double elimination. There will also be an Nvidia graphics card as a prize.”

Along with the cash prizes, there will be a Logitec headset for each of the players in the winning League of Legends tournament, a Snowday gift card to the winner of each Smash Bros tournament, a Razer Arcade Stick to the best fighting game player and Battle.net gift cards for the top two Hearthstone players.

Hivemind Gaming has hosted events like this before. Last April, they had an event called Battle Under the Mountains, but it wasn’t nearly as big as they plan for Fall Brawl to be. “We have had people from all over tell us that they’re coming to Fall Brawl,” Mickatavage said. “In our past event, we have had people from Wyoming, North and South Dakota, Idaho and Washington show up.  For this event, we even have people from Oregon, Utah and even Canada who are going to come down. We’re expecting around 300 people to be there.”

Consoles and computers  are going to be everywhere. There will be Gamecubes and Wiis for the different Smash Bros tournaments, along with Xbox Ones and PS4s for the various fighting games. The Ballrooms will also have enough table space for about 200 computers, plus the extra space for the consoles.

If you can’t make it to the event, but still watch what goes on in each of the tournaments, you’re in luck. Every tournament will be streamed on Twitch. The Super Smash Bros tournaments will be streamed on twitch.tv/nadamoor. If you’re interested in watching any of the fighting tournaments, they will be streamed on twitch.tv/omega_house. For any of the other tournaments, like Hearthstone or LoL, it’ll be on twitch.tv/Hivemindtv.

If you’re looking to win some money by showing off your video game skills, hanging out with friends or to watch fierce gaming competitions, Fall Brawl will be the can’t-miss event of the year for you. It’s 32 straight hours of gaming action! You don’t have to stay for the entire time, but you are more than welcome to if you can stay sane for that long. And the best part? It’s completely free.

The Fall Brawl will take place in SUB Ballrooms B,C and D. Doors open at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10 and will close at midnight on Oct. 11.