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. On June 30th, Panda took their first step in Super Smash Bros. Melee by signing Florida-based Sheik player Plup. On November 2nd, Panda signed the EVO 2013 Melee runner-up Wobbles. On June 22nd, 2016, they picked up Ryu main Trela. On June 30th, Alpharad joined the team as their content director.
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. They are responsible for the Panda Global Rankings, a biannual list that ranks the Top 50 Smash 4 players in the world. Tetra, juddy, Giant, 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. On April 12th, 2018, Panda added MD/VA's best player Zain to their Melee team. On July 26th, 2018, Panda added Corrin main Cosmos to their Smash 4 team.
On November 18, 2021, Panda announced that they have partnered with Nintendo to create the first officially licensed North American competitive circuit. While little information is known to the public at this point, the circuit will take place in 2022 and the featured games are Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
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PG Key was an online tournament series organized by PG and directed by Bear. Each entry was a qualifier dedicated to a major offline tournament, with the winner being flown out as an honorary player temporarily sponsored by the organization.