FAQ

The Big House is the largest Super Smash Brothers event series in the fall. Since 2011, it has been the go-to annual convention for Smash fans not only in the Midwest, but across the world. Over three days, The Big House runs a singles (1v1) event, doubles (2v2) event, and exhibitions for various Super Smash Bros. titles.

Robin Harn (Juggleguy), Alex Gamero (2Shadez), Alex Varga (Vayseth), and several other accomplished tournament organizers!

This year The Big House is on October 5-7, 2018.

This year The Big House is at the Cobo Center in Detroit, MI. It’s the biggest convention center in the state of Michigan with several hotels within walking distance!

Super Smash Bros. 64
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 5th. That means if you are a competitor, be prepared to play at 10am EST on Friday, October 5th, although you may be able to arrive later depending on your eventual pool assignments. If you are a spectator, you may drop in at any time during event hours throughout the weekend.

There is no age restriction at all. Historically we have seen players and spectators of all ages. Everyone is welcome to register, as well as any family members who wish to accompany them!

Yes, spectators must register online before the event. Spectator registration is hosted at the same place as competitor registration. Note that you must create a smashgg account first; feel free to just put down your first and last name when it asks for a Gamertag!

Spectators have the option of buying a one-day pass or a three-day pass. After buying a pass, just show up anytime during event hours and stop by at the check-in desk!

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. Our registration page will have a vendor application posted by August.

No, The Big House is online registration only. Make sure you register online before arriving at the venue!

Competitor registration ends September 19, 2018 at 11:59pm PST.

Spectator registration remains available online until event weekend.

If you registered successfully, you should receive a confirmation email titled: “Registration for The Big House 8”

Furthermore, your event dashboard should show the events for which you’ve registered successfully.

* Your own game controller if competing
* Photo ID to verify your identity during check-in

If you bought a badge during registration:

We will have a check-in desk at the venue entrance where you can pick up your badge and lanyard.

If you bought any merchandise during registration:

Go to the merch pick-up desk at the venue to grab any merchandise you bought during registration.

No. The only exception is a closed-cap water bottle. Violations of this policy will result in disqualification from the event and/or eviction from the venue.

Check out the Location page to find out how to book a hotel room next to the venue!

No, sorry. Entries cannot be refunded or transferred.

Check the Schedule page for a stream schedule as the event weekend approaches!

In the week before the event, check your event dashboard or search for your gamertag on the attendees list on smashgg.

Your letter represents starting time, and number represents location. For example, Pool A12 would take place during Wave A on the schedule at Station 12 in the venue. Please make sure to allow plenty of buffer time to check-in and find your pool at the venue. You must check-in before your first tournament obligation if competing.

The easiest way to contribute is to help out as a volunteer during The Big House event. During event registration there’s a checkbox if you’re interested in volunteering, and from that we will send out a volunteer application in late summer!

Spectators can participate in anything at the venue not related to the main tournament competition! This includes arcade games, demos, side events, vendor interaction, Smash friendlies, and mainstage viewing.

Go to your event dashboard on smashgg to make a change to your entry. You may add more events to your entry until the registration deadline.

All the info you need is available on our ruleset page: http://www.umsmash.com/rules/