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 several Super Smash Bros. and indie game titles.

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

This year The Big House is on October 4-6, 2019.

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. Ultimate
Rivals of Aether
More games TBA

The Big House event is open to all Smash players and fans! Even if you’re not a tournament competitor, we have plenty of side events to participate in at the venue.

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

All tournament obligations begin at 11am ET on Friday, October 4th. That means if you are a competitor, be prepared to play at 11am ET on Friday, October 4th, although you may be able to arrive later depending on your eventual pool assignments. If you are a spectator, you may arrive 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! Additionally, family members of competitors may spectate for free; just arrive at the same time to our check-in desk.

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, if you don’t have one already.

Spectators have the option of buying a one-day pass or a three-day pass. Then show up anytime during event hours and drop by our check-in desk to pick up your pass!

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.

The Big House is online registration only at this time. Make sure you register online before arriving at the venue!

Competitor registration ends September 23, 2019 at 11:59pm ET.

Spectator registration remains available online until event weekend.

If you registered successfully, you should receive a confirmation email titled: “Registration for The Big House 9”

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 pass during registration:

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

We have an open food/drink policy this year, but you may not smoke inside the venue. Attendees are still responsible for abiding by the code of conduct while handling food/drink inside 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.

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! If you’re not attending, a great way to contribute is to share our stream broadcast during event weekend to help spread the word.

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/