Rio de Janeiro eGames Showcase 2016
The IEGC firmly established its intention to launch the eGames with the successful delivery of a two-day showcase event at British House, Parque Lage during August 2016.
On day one of the showcase, some of the best players in Brazil competed in an exhibition match of SMITE, the highly popular MOBA from Hi-Rez Studios. On day two, top gamers from around the globe participated in a double elimination tournament of Nintendo's Super Smash Bros.
After an intense final match, Ally from eTeam Canada emerged as outright winner of the Rio de Janeiro eGames Showcase 2016 and was awarded the gold medal. Larry Lurr of the USA was awarded silver and Mexico’s MKLeo finished in the bronze medal position.
The players’ reaction to the eGames was incredibly positive, as world no.1 Super Smash Bros gamer and EVO 2016 champion Ally testifies:
"Being the first Super Smash Bros. gold medallist feels magical, not everyone gets this chance.
I'm looking forward to future eGames and will gratefully attend the next one if given the chance to represent Canada.
I think the eGames creates a huge opportunity for people who wish to see their country play with the best; some players never get the chance to travel and this made their wishes come true. This is what I'd like to see more of in the future, the best players in each country playing each other. I had a great experience at the eGames showcase in Rio, it was run efficiently and was greatly watched."
The USA's top Super Smash Bros player, Larry Lurr also commented:
"I think the eGames and this competition will do nothing but great things for eSports. It will help it grow, it will show not only to casual viewers but I would say investors and people who want to get into eSports, that it's something that is well worth getting into and something that's here to stay."