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Esports Arizona: Desert Showdown

Esports Arizona: Desert Showdown

Talking Stick Resort presents its third Esports Tournament for the Arizona Fighting Game Community on Saturday, February 10, 2018! Contestants will face off in Melee Singles, Melee Doubles, Smash 4 Singles, Smash 4 Doubles, Street Fighter V and a Cosplay Showcase with a $10,000 cash prize pool up for grabs!

It will be a tournament experience to remember with the event taking place in The Showroom, Talking Stick Resort's premier event and performance venue in Scottsdale, AZ!

Must be 18 years or older. Food and drink specials available.



Enter our Cosplay Contest sponsored by Red Bull for a shot at the $2,500 prize pool and a custom trophy!

While the event is free and open to the public, we encourage cosplayers to enter through our sign up page in advance beforehand so we can coordinate pre-judging time slots. Prejudging time slots will be scheduled in advance and occur prior to intermission on event day.

Entrants will be judged on the overall aesthetic and craftsmanship of their costume. 


Tournament Costs:

  • Venue: $15
  • Melee Singles: $10
  • Melee Doubles: $5
  • Smash 4 Singles: $10
  • Smash 4 Doubles: $5
  • Street Fighter V Singles: $10
  • Spectating is free.

Event Schedule (subject to change):

Smash Schedule: 

  • Doors Open: 9:30 am
  • Smash 4 and Melee Doubles Begin: 10 am
  • Smash 4 and Melee Doubles Finish: 1 pm
  • Smash 4 and Melee Wave 1 Singles Begin: 12:30 pm
  • Smash 4 and Melee Wave 2 Singles Begin: 2 pm
  • Cosplay: 3 pm
  • Smash 4 and Melee Top 32 Begin: 4:00 pm
  • Smash 4 and Melee Top 8 Begins: 6:30 pm
  • Event Finishes: 9 pm


Street Fighter V Schedule:  

  • Doors Open: 9:30 AM
  • Pools 1-2: 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Pools 3-4: 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Finals Top 8: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Event Finishes: 9:00 PM


We take pride in producing a sophisticated and exciting CosPlay event. We ask that costumes be creative, colorful and fun but in good taste and not break the code of decency by exposing female/male body parts or contain offensive language. Masks, prosthetics, and masks that cannot be removed may be worn to, from, and inside the venue only. They must be removed if you are going to participate in casino activities, e.g., gaming, restaurants, bars, night clubs, etc. Weapons accompanying costumes must not look authentic and must be easily recognizable as a toy representation. No real guns, knives or swords of any kind allowed – this includes toy guns.

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