By Andrew Lin & Anish Patel
The Super Smash Brothers Club (Smash Club) is hosting free tournaments for the popular fighting series game, Super Smash Bros., every Thursday in the College Center.
Smash Club meets in College Center room 319 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.
President of the Smash Club, Ari Gottesman said he has seen the club grow from informal gatherings to scheduled and established meetings with over 60 members.
He said, “Friends of mine would meet in the cafeteria.”
“And we realized we needed our own room,” Gottesman said.
Gottesman said the club began with a group of eight people and quickly grew by word of mouth.
“We would mention Smash Club to a friend in passing, or someone would walk by the room. It grew very passively at first,” he said.
Michael Georges, a Smash Club member since 2018, said tournaments would have close to 40 players when he competed in the weekly events.
Despite the large membership, Gottesman said he strives to make an inclusive and friendly environment where everyone and anyone can enjoy playing the game.
“The board in particular was very inviting and encouraging,” Georges said.
Georges said, “They even offered to train and give tips for gameplay.”
“You don’t need to have anything, though it is encouraged that you have a controller. Whether it be your own either Pro Controller or one of those dinky $20 ones or a GameCube controller…We have extras but obviously those are limited. So if you can bring your own it is helpful,” Gottesman said.
He said, “As for skills, I mean I’m the president and I’m still pretty bad at the game. I like to think we have someone here for you. We have had some of the best players in the world and in the state as well. At the same time, we have some of the most casual players as well. There is really someone for every skill range.”
“The nature of Middlesex is that we have a lot more turnover,” Gottesman said.
“Clubs at a four-year school are more likely to develop cliques, since you have the same people seeing each other over those years.”
“This is actually a strength of the club,” Gottesman said.
“I think that’s helped the club grow; no matter how long any of us have been here, we develop relationships but not cliques, which makes a welcome environment since we have new people all the time,” Gottesman said.