Local startup hosts national ‘Smash Bros’ tourney at UTWritten by Duane Ramsey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Real Time Gaming Network (RTGN), a local startup, is hosting its first “Super Smash Bros.” for Wii U tournament in Toledo on Jan. 16. The event is expected to draw some of the top gamers in the country.
“Our goal is to host this tournament and broadcast it live through our website rtgn.tv for thousands of fans to view. Our technology allows us to broadcast in HD,” said founder and CEO Tim Fields, a graduate of Sylvania Southview High School.
The tournament will be broadcast live on rtgn.tv through funding by Rocket Ventures and support from the University of Toledo. The competition will take place at the Nitschke Technology Commercialization Complex on UT’s campus.
“RTGN is one of our newest LaunchPad Incubation tenants. We are providing the host facility for RGTN to test its beta product with the tournament and validate their business model,” said Molly Reams Thompson, director of LaunchPad Incubation at UT.
Rtgn.tv will stream the tournament live for fans who cannot attend the event in person, Fields said.
The tournament is designed for professional and semiprofessional gamers. Fields said 80-100 gamers are expected to attend. Competition begins at noon with the semifinals, and finals expected to air at 8 p.m. Participants will have the opportunity to meet and compete with professional gamers like Mew2King, Vidjo, BigDamien, Chompy, Bo X7, Joeisfatal and Perfect Legend.
Fans are invited to bring a Wii GameCube Adapter and receive free registration for the event. Registration is $15 the day of the event, starting at 10 a.m. Free food will be provided by Chick-fil-A and Fricker’s.
RTGN considers itself “the next phase in online broadcasting,” according to its website. Its consumers are users engaged with online and streaming content of Cyber Athletics from tournaments and those who enjoy 24-hour tech, geek and gaming lifestyles broadcast with an ESPN-style experience. The site will have most aspects of current social media standards and will deliver an interactive twist, Fields said.
RGTN’s marketing director, Scott Guttenberger, is a graduate of Bowling Green State University and Sylvania Northview High School.
For more information, visit rtgn.tv or call (419) 309-5850.