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Panda
PNG New Logotype of Panda from their pack on their website
Location United States USA
Owners Alan Bunney (SamuraiPanda)
David Wu (Mashumaro)
Sponsors/Partners HyperX
GEICO
Vertagear
Twitch
Zippo
Meta Threads
Toshiba
Funimation
Other games Dragon Ball FighterZ
Guilty Gear Xrd
Hearthstone: Heroes of WarCraft
Heroes of the Storm
Marvel Vs. Capcom
Mortal Kombat
Splatoon
Street Fighter
TEKKEN

Panda, formerly Panda Global (PG), is a professional eSports organization based in the United States. It was co-founded by Alan Bunney (SamuraiPanda) and David Wu (Mashumaro) in June 2015 as a player centric organization looking to help their players' careers, facilitate their goals, and promote the growth of the eSports scenes they participate in.

Panda entered the world of Smash on June 24th, 2015 with the sponsorship of Florida Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Smash 4 top players ESAM and MVD as well as Villager main SS[1]. On June 30th, Panda took their first step in Super Smash Bros. Melee by signing Florida-based Sheik player Plup[2]. On November 2nd, Panda signed the EVO 2013 Melee runner-up Wobbles[3]. On June 22nd, 2016, they picked up Ryu main Trela[4]. On June 30th, Alpharad joined the team as their content director[5].

On May 7th, 2016, Panda picked up Dom, Zan, and suar as a newly-formed subteam called PG Stats which specialises in Smash 4 statistics[6]. They are responsible for the Panda Global Rankings, a biannual list that ranks the Top 50 Smash 4 players in the world. Tetra, juddy[7], Giant[8], and Spike were later added to the PG Stats team, although Tetra and juddy later left.

In January 2017, following SS and Trela's departure from the organization, Panda added SoCal's best Mewtwo main Rich Brown to their Smash 4 team and expanded into Super Smash Bros. by picking up SuPeRbOoMfAn, the best player in North America and second best player in the world according to the 64 League Rankings[9]. On April 12th, 2018, Panda added MD/VA's best player Zain to their Melee team[10]. On July 26th, 2018, Panda added Corrin main Cosmos to their Smash 4 team[11].

Current smashers[edit]

Pro smashers[edit]

ID Name Game Main(s) Join Date
United States ESAM Eric Lew Super Smash Bros. Melee
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
SamusHeadSSBM.png
PikachuHeadSSBB.pngIceClimbersHeadSSBB.png
Pikachu's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.SamusHeadSSB4-U.png
PikachuHeadSSBU.png
2015-06-24
United States Plup Justin McGrath Super Smash Bros. Melee
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
SheikHeadSSBM.pngFoxHeadSSBM.pngSamusHeadSSBM.png
Pikachu's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.Rosalina and Luma's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
MegaManHeadSSBU.pngRidleyHeadSSBU.pngGreninjaHeadSSBU.png
2015-06-30
United States Marss Tyler Martins Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Zero Suit Samus's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
ZeroSuitSamusHeadSSBU.png
2019-03-22
Japan Prince Unknown name Super Smash Bros. Yoshi's head icon from SSB. 2019-07-19
USA iBDW Cody Schwab Super Smash Bros. Melee FoxHeadSSBM.png 2020-05-05
USA WaDi Chris Boston Super Smash Bros. Ultimate ROBHeadSSBU.pngMewtwoHeadSSBU.png 2021-04-02

Other smashers[edit]

  • USA suar Sheik's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. (PG Stats director, joined May 7th, 2016)
  • USA Alpharad Mario's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.MarioHeadSSBU.pngJokerHeadSSBU.png(content director, joined June 30th, 2016)
  • USA Spike (PG Stats designer)
  • USA Dom Villager's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.Sheik's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. (PG Stats writer, joined May 7th, 2016)
  • USA fyazko (content creator, joined June 2nd, 2016)
  • USA Keith (lead graphics artist, project manager)
  • USA PSI LucasHeadSSBU.pngYoungLinkHeadSSBU.png (graphics artist)
  • Canada PracticalTAS (PG Stats mathematician)
  • USA Tantalus (PG Tournament Organizer)
  • UK Stimpy RoyHeadSSBU.png (Actor Asa Butterfield, content creator)
  • USA Coney Banjo&KazooieHeadSSBU.png (Creative Lead & Commentator)
  • Canada Kantrip DiddyKongHeadSSBU.png (Influencer)
  • USA Juggleguy CaptainFalconHeadSSBM.png
  • USA Chia ROBHeadSSBU.png
  • Australia Little Z WarioHeadSSBU.pngDonkeyKongHeadSSBU.png (Content creator)
  • USA Simply MarthHeadSSBM.png (Mario 64 speedrunner, content creator)
  • USA FullStream InklingHeadSSBU.png (Rival of Aether player)

Former smashers[edit]

Pro smashers[edit]

ID Name Game Main(s) Join Date Leave Date
United States SS Shane Bruce Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Villager's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.Ness's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. 2015-06-24 2017-01-02
United States Trela Alberto Miliziano Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
LucarioHeadSSBB.png
RyuHeadSSB4-U.png
2016-06-22 2017-01-02
United States Rich Brown Rich Brown Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
OlimarHeadSSBB.png
Mewtwo's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
2017-01-17 2017-10-17
United States MVD Jestise Negron Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
SnakeHeadSSBB.png
Diddy Kong's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
SnakeHeadSSBU.png
2015-06-24 2019-01-04
United States Wobbles Robert Wright Super Smash Bros. Melee IceClimbersHeadSSBM.png 2015-11-02 2019-01-04
United States Zain Zain Naghmi Super Smash Bros. Melee MarthHeadSSBM.png 2018-04-12 2019-08-11
United States Cosmos Brian Kalu Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
CorrinHeadSSB4-U.png
InklingHeadSSBU.png
2018-07-26 2019-08-11
Canada SuPeRbOoMfAn Daniel Hoyt Super Smash Bros. C. Falcon's head icon from SSB. Pikachu's head icon from SSB. Kirby's head icon from SSB. 2017-01-17 2020-07-08

Other smashers[edit]

  • USA Bear Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. (Team manager, tournament director, FGC manager)
  • USA Zan Toon Link's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. (PG Stats analyst, joined May 7th, 2016)
  • France Tetra Captain Falcon's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.CloudHeadSSB4-U.png (PG Stats, joined June 2nd, 2016)
  • Canada juddy (PG Stats statistician, joined June 2nd, 2016)

Other famous players[edit]

  • Justin Wong (JWong) FGC
  • Kyohei Lehr (MarlinPie) GGXrd
  • Alexandre Dub-Bilodeau (Hayatei) MK11
  • Bryant Benzing (Kitana Prime) MK11
  • Jachin Harte (SKD) BBCF, BBTag
  • Stephen Stafford (Speedkicks) Tekken 7
  • Evan Towne (Rocketek) Splatoon
  • Derek Bruscas (Nakkiel) Dragon Ball FighterZ
  • Aaron Zheng (Cybertron) Pokemon VGC
  • Wolfe Glick (Wolfey) Pokemon VGC
  • Victor Woodley (Punk) SF5
  • Keenan Kizzie (Kizzie Kay) GGXrd, SamSho19
  • Faye Mata Voice Actor
  • Anna Cramling Chess
  • Tanner Ant (Smallant) Mario Speedruns

PG Key[edit]

PG Key is an online tournament series organized by PG and directed by Bear. Each entry is a qualifier dedicated to a major offline tournament, with the winner being flown out as an honorary player temporarily sponsored by the organization.

Tournament Date Entrants Winner Runner-up
Key to The PG House September 8th-18th, 2016 1994 USA Wrath NA
Netherlands Mr.R EU
USA Raffi-X NA
Netherlands Badr EU
PG Key to GENESIS 4 January 1st-5th, 2017 986 USA Cosmos* USA Wrath*
PG Key to Frostbite 2017 February 12th-17th, 2017 740 USA Cosmos* USA Zage
PG Key to 2GGC: Civil War March 5th-8th, 2017 620 USA Sonido USA CaptainZack
PG Key to Midwest Mayhem 8 March 18th-30th, 2017 450 Dominican Republic Sonix* USA lapis lazuli*
  • Cosmos and Wrath were both unable to attend, so the key was passed down to the 3rd place finisher, Koolaid.
  • Cosmos was unable to attend, so the key was passed down to the runner-up, Zage.
  • Sonix and lapis lazuli both declined their keys, so it was passed down to the 3rd place finisher, Locus.

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