MLG Anaheim 2014 Winners: Super Smash Bros. Melee Returns Big as Mango Defeats Armada [Video]
Super Smash Bros. made a triumphant return to the most recent Major League Gaming Championship, which took place in Anaheim, California, last weekend from June 20-22.
Fans who attended that biggest electronic sporting event could not contain their excitement over the game. Smash Bros. has not been a featured game in a Major League Gaming event since back in 2010 in Dallas, while Super Smash Bros. Melee was last featured in MLG in 2006 in Las Vegas. Fans immediately welcomed the returning action of the well-loved classic video game by Nintendo with 325 entrants in the field, making up the fifth largest lineup the game has ever enjoyed in its long history.
A set of matches between Swedish Adam "Armada" Lindgren and American Joseph "Mango" Marquez set the stage for the tournament's ultimate showdown. In the end, Marquez prevailed over his European opponent with the crowd cheering him on in the background. Lindgren lost in both the upper bracket finals as well as the grand finals with scores of 3-2 in favor of Marquez. The usually stoic Lindgren looked defeated, while the American celebrated his victory on stage.
Major League Gaming is one of the largest North American organizations in the professional electronic sports industry. It was founded by Sundance DiGiovanni and Mike Sepso, and the group is headquartered in New York City. MLG is geared towards the goal of elevating console and computer gaming to the level of professional sporting with viable competition with live-viewing, available to fans and spectators. Matches are also are available via television broadcast, online streaming and even ESPN's website. The featured games are not exclusive to certain platforms, but competitive battles take place across all the main gaming consoles including Playstation, Xbox, Wii and PC.
As one of the global leaders in e-sports, MLG is rapidly growing over the years as the community of gamers worldwide also continues to expand with a growth of 1,557 perecent in MLG video consumption online since 2013.