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Glitch Infinite postponed due to increasing Omicron cases

Event organizer Calvin “GimR” Lofton announced on Tuesday that he has postponed the upcoming Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Major Glitch Infinite due to an increase in cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19. Although it was originally supposed to start on January 14th, the tournament will now run from February 18th to 20th.

GimR noted that, given the current state of COVID-19 in the United States, the Maryland Jockey Club venue in Laurel, Maryland is not large enough to safely support the 700+ attendees currently registered for Glitch Infinite. However, he said the tournament organizers believe they can run the tournament in February as planned.

Additionally, GimR found that the team’s partnership with the Maryland Jockey Club made the tournament date change “less of a logistical nightmare.” He said members of the Smash community shouldn’t expect other tournament organizers to reschedule dates so easily.

“Most event organizers (including us) have contracts they cannot get out of and should not be expected to cancel their events and take on this type of debt,” the GimR statement read.

More about Glitch Infinite

GimR also announced changes to Glitch Infinite’s COVID-19 security protocols. Participants will now need to provide proof of vaccination and a negative COVID test that was taken on February 14th or later. In addition to PCR tests, the tournament management also accepts rapid tests. They will also offer 250 quick first-come-first-serve tests at the door.

As the name suggests, all glitch tournaments are inspired by famous video game glitches. The theme of Glitch Infinite is based on infinite combos in traditional fighting games. As a result, the TOs invited several Ken, Ryu, Terry and Kazuya Mains to the event. Previous topics were the Konami Code, Missingno from Pokémon and Minus World from Super Mario Bros.

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