North American multigame organization Panda Global has signed two Super Smash Bros. players Daniel "SuPeRbOoMfAn" Hoyt and Rich Brown ahead of Genesis 4 in San Jose, California, this week, the team announced Tuesday.
Both will compete in the competition, but in separate games, as SuPeRbOoMfAn is considered one of the best players in Super Smash Bros. (commonly known as Smash 64), the original game in the series that was released in 1999. Brown, on the other hand, is an upcoming Southern California player known for his time in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Wii U. Brown will compete in the Wii U event, which will be one of the largest events this weekend.
In 2016, SuPeRbOoMfAn cemented himself as the player to beat in Smash 64, taking second at Genesis 3 and first at Pound 2016, Get On My Level 2016, Super Smash Con 2016, Shine 2016 and Don't Park on the Grass. Despite his success, no team has picked up SuPeRbOoMfAn due to Smash 64's relatively small audience, something Panda Global believes will change soon.
"Smash 64 has begun a renaissance," Panda Global CEO and co-founder Alan Bunney M.D. told ESPN. "The passionate community and fevered fanbase is staggering. SuPeRbOoMfAn is considered the best of the Smash 64 players right now, and whenever he attends an event hype will be sure to follow."
Meanwhile, Brown had an improving 2016 in Smash for Wii U as he moved up the Southern Californian Smash for Wii U rankings. He currently holds sixth in that ranking, below the likes of Larry "Larry Lurr" Holland, James "VoiD" Makekau-Tyson and other top competitors in the region. He placed within the top 32 of some of the year's biggest events, including Community Effort Orlando, the Evolution Championship Series and Super Smash Con.
"Panda Global has been looking for a strong representative on the West Coast for Smash 4," Bunney continued in his statement. "Rich Brown is someone with massive potential as both a musician and a top-level smasher in the SoCal region, we believe in his ability to grow into one of the top Smash 4 players in the world."