Johnny "S2J" Kim started a chair-raising trend this past weekend at Shine 2017, a Super Smash Brothers major at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston, MA. It all started during Saturday's Melee pools and lasted through the rest of the weekend.
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Five prominent Super Smash Brothers: Melee tournament organisers and players have formed a competition committee and released a recommended ruleset for tournament play, including a lengthy section imposing a "tentative ban" on the use of non-Gamecube controllers. The ruleset writers explained that the 16-year-old classic Gamecube controller is "somewhat intrinsic to what we consider 'playing Melee' and the skills involved in doing so", despite the growing concerns in the Melee community about the controller's poor ergonomic design.
At DreamHack Winter 2016 in Sweden this weekend, hundreds prayed at a competitive gaming altar consisting of a few dozen old cathode ray tube televisions. They were participating in a Super Smash Bros. Melee tournament, and the results were beautiful looking.