By John F. Kaiser III – Navarro County Gazette

Two years ago, Michael Lopez started the groundwork for bringing video game tournaments to Corsicana.

Always on the lookout for a venue to host the next Super Smash Bros. competition, Lopez has held them around town in locations such as the IOOF Event Center, Oiltown Comics, Gamestop, The Scene on Beaton, and most recently in the Fator Studio at the Warehouse Living Arts Center.

After a four month hiatus brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Lopez got his team together and hosted the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate “Oni’s Final Stock #2” on Halloween night in the Fator Studio followed by #3 on November 7th and plans for #4 this Saturday, November 14th. Due to the need for social distancing, the number of people able to attend remains limited, but those able to get in were happy to follow the safety guidelines if it meant they could get back to competing.

Lopez is passionate about building and growing the competitive gaming scene here in Navarro County.

“I just wanted to bring something to this town that I wish I had around when I was growing up here.” Lopez said.

There is no denying that eSports are growing here in Corsicana, which is great to see given the city’s history in the video game scene that started back in 1986 with the formation of Tradewest. Both Navarro College and Corsicana High School have eSports teams, making it only natural to have this additional avenue come into play.

Spots are still open for the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate “Oni’s Final Stock #4”. Go to to find out more information on how to sign up, and grab a seat before they are all gone.

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