The Montana Melee Championships will be held Friday, May 17, and Saturday, May 18, at the Red Zone, 1315 S. Montana St.
Montana Melee is a nonprofit organization of fighting video game enthusiasts. The tournament is in its third year.
This year’s event features eight different gaming two-loss elimination tournaments and an exhibition event. Games are played on over a dozen gaming setups including a main stage that includes a video split onto a large projection screen which all spectators can see.
After each competition is down to four players in each event, all remaining matches are played on the stage. The finals event is the highlight of Montana Melee as it is a celebration of gaming culture and community, organizers said.
Game events include Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition, Injustice: Gods Among Us, PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royal, Persona 4 Arena, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom, Mortal Kombat, Super Smash Bros. Melee and Tekken Tag Tournament II.
Check-in is all day Friday, with an exhibition starting at 8 p.m., featuring Team Missoula vs. Team Butte 5v5 Street Fighter IV.
On Saturday, competition starts at 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m., followed by tournament finals at 6:30 p.m. Emergency registration and check-in on Saturday is open until 30 minutes before play for each game.
Local organizers are Seth Faber, founder of Montana Melee, and Russ Simkins, co-founder. For details, visit www.montanamelee.com