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Latest Tournament to Include New Game, Street Fighter V and Cosplay Showcase

 SALT RIVER PIMA-MARICOPA INDIAN COMMUNITY, Ariz. (Jan. 24, 2018) Talking Stick Resort continues to dominate the world of eSports with the announcement that it will add Street Fighter V to its Feb. 10 eSports Arizona: Desert Showdown event. The fighting game was added to the tournament’s already impressive roster of games including Super Smash Bros. Melee Singles, Melee Doubles, Smash 4 Singles and Doubles. Additionally, the resort will host again a Cosplay contest coinciding with the video game competitions.

“As Talking Stick Resort continues to delve into the eSports arena, we strive to ensure that our events cover new ground and that each is more exciting than the last,” said Ramon Martinez, director of public relations for Talking Stick Resort. “For this third installment of our eSports series, we have brought back Cosplay, which in our first event attracted many talented and well-known participants. We also added a new game, Street Fighter V from the legendary fight game series.”

Talking Stick Resort’s latest eSports competition will feature both singles and doubles competitions with a prize pool of $5,000. Play will begin at 9:30 a.m., with matches scheduled throughout the day. Participants will vie for cash prizes playing Super Smash Bros. 4, Super Smash Bros. Melee and the newly added Street Fighter V. The following is the breakout of prizes for tournament play:

Super Smash Bros 4

Singles: $500

Doubles: $2,000


Super Smash Bros. Melee

Singles: $500

Doubles: $2,000


Street Fighter V

Singles: $2,000

The exciting event is free for public viewing and will include the Cosplay showcase during a scheduled intermission. Prejudging for the Cosplay Costume Competition will begin at 12:30 p.m. Returning as a judge is award-winning Cosplay photographer, Martin Wong. He and his fellow judges will evaluate costumes on their overall aesthetic and craftsmanship. The importance of which cannot be underestimated, as cosplayers will be vying for their share of $2,500.

To ensure the success of the latest eSports tournament, Ultimate Media Ventures (UMV), a renowned event innovation company again partnered with the resort to plan and coordinate the event. In addition to utilizing their expertise to create a compelling event, they also coordinate directly with members of the gaming community to create an experience that is not only fun, but also continues to be authentic.

To register for Talking Stick Resort’s eSports Arizona: Showdown in the Desert event, visit Registration fees range based on completion selection. Must be 18 or older to participate.


Talking Stick Resort

Talking Stick Resort (TSR) is an AAA Four Diamond Rated Resort and a central landmark within the emerging Talking Stick Cultural and Entertainment Destination (TSCED). Located in Scottsdale, Ariz., just east of the Loop 101 on Talking Stick Way, TSR is locally owned and caringly operated by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. The property offers culturally rich experiences and luxury accommodations throughout its 496 deluxe rooms, 240,000 sq. ft. property, 11 restaurants and lounges, world-class spa, 650-seat showroom, 25,000 sq. ft. grand ballroom, thriving cultural center and more than 100,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor meeting space.

Ultimate Media Ventures 

Ultimate Media Ventures (UMV) is a highly specialized gaming and esports innovation company focused on growing the infrastructure of the highly nuanced esports industry. Our core focus is media & product experiences that define and serve the global gaming and esports community. UMV is the parent company to two core operating divisions: Weapons Grade Studios (media) and ULT (elevated lifestyle & technical products). Our network extends from the eSports industry to pro teams & players and the fans.

To learn more about Ultimate Media Ventures, follow us on Instagram @ULTeSports and Twitter @ULTlosangeles or visit UMV’s product brand (ULT esports) gear and apparel is available at

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