Eric “ESAM” Lew is today the final vote-in to make it into Smash Ultimate Summit 2. ESAM earned enough votes to overcome his final opponents: Stephen “Sandstorm” Myers, Omar “Ozone” Qadah, and William “Glutonny” Belaid.
ESAM’s Smash Ultimate Summit 2 campaign included a lengthy list of voter incentives. Among these were giving away T-shirts, playing sets against his contributors, and analyzing his contributors’ own sets. ESAM even sported a variety of wigs during his Summit campaign livestreams.
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Smash Ultimate Summit 2 will take place Oct. 24 – 27. It will take place in the Summit Gaming House in Los Angeles, California. This will be Beyond the Summit’s second event for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. In addition, it will be the organization’s tenth event for Super Smash Bros. overall.
After debuting at No. 16 on the Spring 2019 PGRU, ESAM’s results have only continued to improve in Smash Ultimate. Notably, ESAM’s confirmation for Smash Ultimate Summit comes shortly after his 1st place finish at Glitch 7 – Minus World. There, he defeated David “LeoN” Leon, Nairoby “Nairo” Quezada, Gavin “Tweek” Dempsey, and Paris “Light” Ramirez.
Though Glitch 7 was a definite highlight, ESAM has had impressive results throughout this season. His solid placings include 9th place finishes at both Shine 2019 and Super Smash Con 2019. Interestingly, this upcoming Summit will be ESAM’s second appearance at a Super Smash Bros. Summit. He previously competed in Melee at Smash Summit 2.
Thirteen players have now been confirmed for Smash Ultimate Summit 2: Leonardo “MkLeo” Perez, Tweek, Nairo, Tyler “Marss” Martins, Light, James “VoiD” Makekau-Tyson, Takuma “Tea” Hirooka, Antony “MuteAce” Hoo, William “Leffen” Hjelte, Randy “RFang” Fang, Adam “Armada” Lindgren, Ezra Samsora Morris, and ESAM.
Three more slots remain following ESAM’s inclusion in this Super Smash Bros. Ultimate invitational. Two players will earn their place at Summit this weekend at The Big House 9. Nightmare on Smashville will act as the last-chance qualifier event later this month.
Dylan Tate is a student in the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a gaming journalist with a love for Nintendo esports, including Smash Bros., Splatoon, ARMS, and Pokémon. Dylan also writes Nintendo news articles for Nintendo Enthusiast.