Miles Hernandez (left), who uses the gamer tag “multi,” high-fives Jayden Brooks, who goes by the gamer tag “lil Parmesan,” after losing in the quarter finals of the “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” tournament at Del Mar College.

Long after the crowd had left, and after the trophies were presented, with the thrill and excitement of the tournament fading away, two competitors sat beside each other in an empty room. Two trophies stood beside them as they sat in front of a small TV screen eagerly sharing stories and trading tips and tricks for future use. 

The two competitors were Aaron Casas and Jayden Brooks, who finished first and second, respectively, in the National Esports Association’s “Collegiate Smash Series,” which was held at Del Mar College on Feb. 5 in the Retama Room on East Campus.

“The National Esports Association, our job is to bring e-sports into education,” said Lori Bajorek, president of the National Esports Association. “We work with colleges such as Del Mar to show the need for it, what you have going on campus, and how we can actually further the process to actually help it be a collegiate sport on your campus.”

Nearly three dozen students competed in the “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” tournament. 

“I like the atmosphere the most, seeing the different kinds of people, the different play styles, seeing many people get together and have fun with a single game. It’s really fun to see how many people can come to gather to have some fun,” Brooks said.

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