FAQ

The Big House is the largest Super Smash Brothers tournament series in the Midwest. Since 2011, it has been the go-to annual event for Smashers and spectators not only in the Midwest, but across the world. Over three days, The Big House runs a singles (1v1) event, doubles (2v2) event, and various exhibitions for both Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
Robin Harn (Juggleguy), Alex Gamero (2Shadez), Josh Beach (Beach), Alex Varga (Vayseth), and several other accomplished tournament organizers!
This year The Big House is on October 7-9, 2016.
This year The Big House is at the Edward Hotel & Convention Center (formerly the Royal Dearborn Hotel) in Dearborn, MI. It’s the second-biggest hotel in the state of Michigan!

Super Smash Bros. Melee
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Check the Schedule page for an update in the coming weeks.

All tournament obligations begin at 10am EST on Friday, October 7th. It’s a full three-day tournament. If you are a competitor, please be prepared to play at 10am EST on Friday, October 7th, although you may be able to arrive later depending on your eventual pool assignments.

There is no age requirement. Players and spectators of all ages are welcome to register, as well as any parents or guardians who wish to accompany them!
Yes, spectators must register online before the event. No transactions on the weekend of the event. The Big House will check in attendees at the door, and you must have your spectator pass to be allowed entry into the venue.
At the beginning of the tournament, players are divided into pools of several players each. The size of the pool depends on the overall number of entries. Each pool progresses until there are only a few players left; these players advance to the next phase of the tournament. Exact format to be announced in the coming weeks.
Only sponsors and vendors are allowed to sell merchandise at the venue. We will post more information later about how to make a business inquiry as a sponsor or vendor!
No. The Big House is online registration only. If you show up at the door without having registered online, you will be turned away by event security.

Competitor registration ends September 17, 2016 at 11:59pm EST.

Spectator registration remains available online until tourney weekend.

Your email that you registered with should have a confirmation email titled: “Your smash.gg registration for The Big House 6”

Furthermore, your smash.gg TBH6 page should now include: “Dashboard”

* Your own GameCube controller
* Photo ID to verify your identity during check-in

If you bought a “contributor badge” on smashgg:

And you received your contributor badge in the mail:
Skip the lines and go straight to the smashgg booth inside the Regency Ballroom to pick up your lanyard.

And you didn’t receive your contributor badge in the mail:
You can still skip the lines and go straight to the smashgg booth inside the Regency Ballroom to pick up your badge and lanyard.

If you bought a normal badge during registration:

We will have two check-in desks, one near the Great Lakes Center and one near the Grand Ballroom. Go to either one, where you can stand in line and pick up your badge and lanyard after checking in.

No. The only exception is a closed-cap water bottle. Violations of this policy will result in disqualification from the tournament and/or eviction from the venue.
Check out the Location page to find out how to book a hotel room at the venue.
No, sorry. Registration entries cannot be refunded or transferred.
Check the Schedule page for an update as the tournament weekend approaches!

You can search for your gamertag here, or you can view all the pool assignments here.

Your pool assignment letter represents starting time, and number represents location. For example, Pool C101 means you’re playing in Wave C (3pm Friday) at Station 101 (look for signs at the venue).

Please arrive and check-in before your first tourney obligation. For example, if you are in Pool D112 and Pool F205, then you should arrive before Wave D (5pm Friday) at the latest. Make sure to allow plenty of buffer time to check-in and find your pool.

The easiest way to contribute is to help out as a volunteer during The Big House event. If you are interested in volunteering to help run the tournament this year, please apply here!
No. Wireless controllers of all kinds are banned due to logistical issues of interference at large-scale events. Only wired GameCube controllers are legal.

It will be shipped out by smash.gg and you should receive it by the week leading up to the tourney (early October). If you didn’t receive it, read below.

If you bought a “contributor badge” on smashgg:

And you received your contributor badge in the mail:
Skip the lines and go straight to the smashgg booth inside the Regency Ballroom to pick up your lanyard.

And you didn’t receive your contributor badge in the mail:
You can still skip the lines and go straight to the smashgg booth inside the Regency Ballroom to pick up your badge and lanyard.

If you bought a normal badge during registration:

We will have two check-in desks, one near the Great Lakes Center and one near the Grand Ballroom. Go to either one, where you can stand in line and pick up your badge and lanyard after checking in.

If you are bringing a CRT TV to the tourney, it must be dropped off at the loading dock behind the main ballroom. Hotel staff will NOT allow any TVs in through the front entrance. Please contact Josh Beach for more details.
If you bought any merchandise from smash.gg during registration season, or you got an early bird t-shirt, you can pick it up at the venue at the smash.gg booth inside the Regency Ballroom.