Fight for Rights Smash Ultimate tournaments raise $10k for charity

The Super Smash Bros. Ultimate community raised $10,560 during the Fight for Rights charity fundraiser from June 14 – 15. The event featured two online Smash Ultimate tournaments: one for the East Coast and one for the West Coast. Like its Melee counterpart, this event was organized by Nico “Ryobeat” Rodriguez.

Participants paid $10 to enter either of the Fight for Rights tournaments. In addition, fans were able to donate money throughout the course of the event’s livestreams. All of the money raised during these tournaments will go to charities focused on combating police brutality and racial injustice.

A quarter of the funds will go to the George Floyd Memorial Fund, directly helping the late George Floyd’s family. Another quarter will go to the Minnesota Healing Justice Network, which seeks to improve the wellness of black communities. Finally, half of the money will be donated to bail funds for 14 different cities and regions. Further information about each organization is available on the Fight for Rights Smash.gg pages.

Results of the Fights for Rights tournaments

Samuel “Dabuz” Buzby won the East Coast edition of Fight for Rights on June 14. In pools, he flawlessly swept through Jose “Inan” Medina, James “Jams” Z., and Christian “Peabnut” Londono. Since Ricky “LingLing” Gorritz DQed, Dabuz was then floated into top 8. From there, he took a set off of Eric “ESAM” Lew and double-eliminated Brett “8BitMan” Esposito. Throughout the tournament, not a single opponent managed to push Dabuz to game five.

Then on June 15, Dawson “Big D” Perron won the West Coast version of this Smash Ultimate charity fundraiser. On his way to top 8, Big D faced off against top players playing non-main characters. He beat Guillermo “Stroder Ame” Martinez Jr.’s Sonic and Diddy Kong, in addition to Spencer “BestNess” Garner’s R.O.B. Then in top 8, he beat Luis “Lui$” Oceguera 3-0 and James “VoiD” Makekau-Tyson 3-1. While he lost to Lui$ 1-3 in set one of Grands, Big D defeated Lui$ 3-2 in the second set.

Dylan Tate
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.

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