La Crosse teen wins regional Super Smash Bros. Ultimate virtual tournament hosted by YMCA

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – A local teen got his very own victory party after winning a Midwest regional Smash Bros. tournament.

“It was easy,” said Atticus Hilton, the 13-year-old who won in his age bracket.

The virtual regional championship brought together young esport competitors from all over the midwest.

Hilton’s opponent was from St. Louis.

This is part of a newer program at the La Crosse Area YMCA.

The Dahl Family facility has an esports room with computers and Nintendo Switches.

Esports Coordinator Colin Downs says they want to break the stigma around video gaming.

“Not every kid is going to want to play on a basketball team or a soccer team. They would want to maybe spend their time in here and be playing esports,” said Downs. “They can build the same social skills, same teamwork skills that they would be building on a traditional sports team.”

The esports room is open from 3 to 5 p.m. on weekdays. Kids can play Fornite, Rocket League, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

You can find more information about registering for tournaments here.