Futures First Gaming’s (FFG) 2021 Fall Brawl reset the bar for esports events in Wilmington.
While it had been scaled back due to the rise in COVID-19 cases, the hybrid event with an in-person Penn Cinema component gave a glimpse of what esports can be in Delaware — gaming on giant screens, sharing resources and making the industry accessible to a new generation of underrepresented gamers.
And, of course, it was a lot of fun.
“These kids from Wilmington came to the event as part of a chaperoned trip organized by the William “Hicks” Anderson Community Center,” said FFG cofounder Stephen Sye. “They arrived around 12 p.m. and stayed for a few hours. Lo and behold, around 5:30 p.m. five of them rode their bikes all the way back to the theater to come back and kick it with us. These kids could have been anywhere, but they wanted to be with us and learn more about FFG, gaming, video production and everything else.”
Gamers Kingface_88 of Lewes, who won the Fortnite Solos Tournament, is just 8 years old; MPg of Hockessin, who won the Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament, is 17. Aside from cash prizes for the winners, Fall Brawl was an official qualifying event for the upcoming virtual Esports Combine, the largest college recruiting event dedicated to esports, in October.