Tournament directors or tournament organizers (TOs) are the individuals responsible for performing a variety of key functions necessary to make competitive Smash Bros. tournaments and ongoing community participation a success.
A director's duties can vary widely depending on the community. However, they can include (but are not limited to) the following:
SmashBoards "Tournament Director" Group Membership
At SmashBoards, registered users may apply for a forum group membership that identifies them as "tournament directors." Upon being approved by a member of the administrative staff, those users are then able to post on the SmashBoards Calendar of events which will subsequently announce the upcoming tournament to the entire community on the main page as the date approaches.
SmashBoards members who wish to be identified as tournament directors to the community at large can be recognized by their distinctive light blue user name.
Notable Tournament Directors
Champ is a California based TO who hosts the 2GGT and 2GGC saga tournaments for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U which take place in the Southern California region. He has gained a reputation for running well-organized events which have received around 500 or more entrants at each event.
Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar is a California-based tournament organizer who has run the yearly Las Vegas-based Evolution Championship Series since 2002. His events have become some of the largest tournaments ever. Super Smash Bros. Melee has been at the event for seven years (2007; 2013 - 2018), while Super Smash Bros. for Wii U has been there for four years (2015 - 2018), and Super Smash Bros. Brawl was only there once in 2008.
Bear is a Las Vegas based tournament organizer, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U community leader, and manager of the Smash + FGC divisions of Panda Global. Although he is not a main TO, he will assist other major TOs with the organization of several high-profile tournaments.
Juggleguy is a Michigan Smash player who is regarded for hosting the many tournaments in the Michigan area, most notably The Big House series among others. Some of his tournaments attract over 1500 entrants.
Alex Jebailey is a Florida based (Nova Scotia born) tournament organizer who is known for hosting the Community Effort Orlando tournaments based in Orlando, Florida which have been running since 2010. Some of the Smash events he has organized are among the largest Smash tournaments of all time. Although his events are often the second largest events in the FGC, Smash players in particular enjoy Jebailey's way of organizing his events which lead to a dedicated event known as CEO Dreamland.
Matt Deezie is a California smasher who is considered as the founder of competitive play and created a tournament scene for Smashing. He hosted the Southern California Tournament Go tournament series which revolutionized the scene in 2002.
nealdt is responsible running the tournament brackets and organizing general administrative functions for the Champ Combo series, as well as Zero Challenge, at one point the largest internationally competitive Melee tournament. Additionally, he is responsible for programming tio, a tournament bracket utility that caters to smashers based on the continued feedback of other tournament directors who continue to use his program as the standard for bracket/seeding in their own events.
As host of triweekly smash tournaments in San Diego for quite some time, CAOTIC became an instrumental figure in the California tournament scene and would ultimately become a panelist to decide the SoCal Power Rankings. He was also invaluable in the production of Zero Challenge and the distribution of the accompanying DVD. Although he has since moved to Australia, his enthusiasm and ties with the smash community have not wavered, as he continues to host tournaments there as well.
Warrior of Zarona (WoZ), with the help of AngelCX and The Smash Affiliates, form the backbone of the tournament scene in the New Jersey area, as well as extending further northeast and beyond. Responsible for the recurring series of SMASHTALITY events, WoZ continues to be an influential member of the American smash community.