Amsah’s Sheik, age 10, died Sunday, the 11th of January, in Gothenburg after a gruesome battle with a well-known Swedish sniper. An audience numbering in the hundreds looked on in horror as soul-crushing downsmashes were followed up by earth-shattering fairs. For the first time in a decade, Amsah’s Sheik was 4-stocked in a tournament, on camera for all to see. As her dying gasps echoed through the venue, everyone present realized this was the end of an era. The culprit, Armada’s Peach, was extradited to the United States to face trial.
With the exception of Armada(SE) and Leffen(SE) who will be attending Paragon in the States this weekend, most European players are still recovering from the intense weekend that was B.E.A.S.T 5(Beast5), however the French don’t have time for breaks as the Winter Edition of the Republic of Fighters(RoF) series is already happening this Saturday, an FGC-centered tournament hosted in Paris that has adopted the Smash games ever since RoF2 in 2013. Unlike the 2014 Winter Edition this one also features Melee, Smash Bros. for Wii U(Smash4) and Brawl.
Over the past years, the Smash Bros. series has gained a lot of momentum through its inclusion at several large FGC events in the US, the Melee documentary and the release of a new installment. The (renewed) global interest has also impacted the European scene, though the local scenes thriving is still hard to convert to a unified continent, not in the last place because of language barriers and significant travel expenses. Several key members of the European Smash community have sought to remedy this, and this portal is hopefully the first initiative of many.