Drive-In eSports Experience Coming to Kentucky

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Drive-In eSports Experience Coming to Kentucky

August 28, 2020

By: Robert Grosso


COVID-19 has affected pretty much everyone in a number of ways, some tragically with the loss of life or their jobs, others emotionally due to the isolation of the quarantine. People are resilient though, and throughout the pandemic we have seen time and again the ingenuity and kindness of people looking to bring some semblance of normalcy to this moment in time.

One such example of this is coming right out of the state of Kentucky, where a brand new venture is hoping to bring live esports back into the fold in a way that no one expected, through a drive-in. 

According to the Louisville Business First, the Smash Up Louisville - Film and Fight is an event hosted by USA Drive-Ins, a division of Harena Data LLC, which is hoping to bring some outdoors esports fun. 

Partnering with Taikai Esports and several local colleges located in Louisville, the entire experience will be feature a live esports tournament, as well as a social gaming event and video game film feature. 


“The social event will bring gamers together to share their love of gaming and to cheer on local college students in a Smash Bros. tournament for the Nintendo Switch,” the group said in a news release. “The winner of the tournament will receive a new gaming console and one lucky spectator in the audience will receive a new gaming console as well.” 

The entire evening will begin at around 7 PM for a mobile games event, followed by the feature film at 8 PM. Finally, the Smash Bros. tournament will begin at 10 PM. The tournament will be a knockout-style matchup with brackets until a winner is crowned, and the tournament will be broadcasted through a massive drive-in screen so spectators can view the action live in the safety of their own cars. 

Smash Up Louisville - Film and Fight will take place on Saturday, September 5th, at the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass, located in Simpsonville, Kentucky

Just chalk it up to another example of life finding a way, even in the middle of a pandemic. 

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A game playing, college teaching scholar who happens to write some articles every so often. Enjoys penning long-form articles that few probably read. Love the art of gaming, preservation, collecting and RPGs. Have worked as a journalist, critic, educator and blogger for over ten years now, with articles published (as user editorials) on Game Revolution and Giant Bomb as well as a contributor for the websites Angry Bananas and Blistered Thumbs. Now making TechRaptor my home.

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