Pin and Pint Tournament merges Smash Bros. players and pin enthusiasts

Inland Empire-based video gaming event to feature pin artist BB-CRE.8

Like many great (and terrible) ideas—the concept for Pixel Bar and Eatery’s Arcade Wednesdays came to Geo Garcia while he was drunk.

Shortly after the bar opened, the event’s organizer and DJ approached the owners, wondering why there weren’t video games at a bar called Pixels.
The owner was intrigued by the idea but didn’t know how to incorporate gaming into the bar.

“I said, without really knowing much— ‘well, I could probably figure it out if you give me the chance.’ And he said, ‘if you figure it out, we can make something happen.’”

Garcia loaded up a few consoles with games and presented his idea to the owners for what he thought would be an entertaining evening at the bar: video game tournaments and live DJ sets.

That was four years ago—and every Wednesday since, except for holidays or occasions when the bar is closed, Arcade Wednesdays has been a mainstay at Pixel Bar and Eatery, 3535 University Ave. in Riverside, California.

In the early days of Arcade Wednesdays, the event attracted between 15-20 attendees; and has now grown to 100+ people coming out each week. Past tournaments have included games like Mario Kart and the Street Fighter franchise.

Recently, Arcade Wednesdays has teamed up with the pin and patch brand Pin Plugged to create the monthly World Pin and Pint Tournament, which includes enamel pins.

Each Pin and Pint Tournament showcases a different local pin maker. The featured artist is a vendor at the event and every competitor receives a pin with their buy in into the tournament.

“When I started doing this, I also noticed that pins were blowing up at the same time. I always see them on people’s hats, their backpacks and stuff like that. And I noticed that gamers also like to collect video game pins. So, I was at the right place at the right time when I met Pin Plugged,” he said.

This month’s special guest artist is BB-CRE.8.

“We are excited to be featured as we love video games and have been avid video gamers our entire lives,” said co-proprietor of Bb-CRE.8, Miguel Brizuel. So, to be featured as special vendors for this Super Smash Brothers tournament is exciting and fun.”

“…Our brand will fit well because although we carry a bunch of Star Wars designs, we also have a strong collection of video-game inspired designs.”

Wednesday night’s game will be Super Smash Bros. 4 and will be the sixth ever World Pin and Pint Tournament. Attendees must be 21+.

It costs $10 to play and each contender will receive an exclusive pin from BB-Cre.8.

Sign-ups for the Super Smash Bros. 4 tournament begins at 8:30 p.m. and the action kicks off at 9 p.m. sharp. Gameplay will take place on multiple screens throughout the bar. Although there will be Game Cube controllers available, event organizers highly recommend that players bring their own. Winners will receive a cash prize.

There will be $4 pints and well drinks until Midnight.

“There’s pretty much there’s nothing else like it out in the Inland Empire and that’s part of the reason why I wanted to create an event like this,” Garcia said.

“Because there isn’t really place where you can go and socialize and play video games and drink. There are arcades and stuff, but it’s not the same. There isn’t live music where you can dance and chill or you have to pay for each game that you play.”

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