New York University and 8 Bit And Up Video Games Present Operation Cure: First Annual Smash Cancer Video Game Tournament

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New York University’s Organization for the Promotion of Pediatric Strength (OPPS) will be hosting Operation Cure: Smash Cancer Night, taking place at 8 Bit And Up Video Games on March 8th 2012 starting at 4pm, and featuring a Super Smash Brothers Brawl video game tournament. Money raised from the competition will go towards completing OPPS’s fundraising goal for the Relay for Life Walk in April which raises money for the American Cancer Society.

8 Bit And Up Video Games has opened registration for the Smash Cancer Super Smash Brothers Brawl Tournament in Manhattan right now to all comers, young and old. Players can register early at http://www.GetReadyToGame.com/OPPS for a $15 donation. Walk-ins are welcome before 5pm on March 8th for a $20 donation. Cash and valuable prizes worth at least $400 along with New York City bragging rights will go to the winners.

A spectator’s party ($5 donation) will be held at a nearby venue to be named. Tournament action will be streamed to http://www.bifuteki.com/ courtesy of Andre Augustin, Editor-In-Chief at Bifuteki. 8 Bit and Up Video Games donated the use of their store. Tournament management services are being donated by Chris “Phire” Scott, Founder/CEO of Chocolate Lemon, and Brandon Nance the Tournament Manager and Liaison for Apex Smash. "Big Boss" Stephen Cosentino, Founder of Unveil Gaming will be donating prizes for the winners.

“There is nothing more heartbreaking than seeing anybody, but especially young people, with cancer. Nobody has been left untouched by this; we all have had family members and friends that have had to deal with it. We are hoping that this tournament will be a fun way for people to do something positive for these kids. And we are going to have a lot of fun.” according to Marcus Richardson, manager of 8 Bit And Up Video Games.

Backgrounder:

The Organization for the Promotion of Pediatric Strength aims to provide an educational, supportive and fun atmosphere that motivates and inspires adolescent patients suffering from pediatric cancer and its psychosocial challenges.

Relay for Life is a walk that is held annually around the country in many different schools and communities. The theme of Relay for Life is birthdays; the more birthdays a cancer survivor can see the better! This year is NYU’s 10th anniversary for Relay for Life. The money from the walk goes to the American Cancer Society.

8 Bit And Up Video Games is a unique retail store located on the corner of Saint Marks Place (8th Street) and Second Avenue in the East Village. 8 Bit buys and sells all console-based video games including vintage, and regularly hosts tournaments and other events for the gaming community.
8 Bit And Up Video Games
35 Saint Marks Place - 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10003
Phone: 212 674 0201
Email: 8bitAndUp(at)gmail(dot)com
Facebook: http://www.Facebook.com/8bitAndUp

Chocolate Lemon is a media company that serves a broad spectrum of the gaming community.
Email: phire(at)clgamer(dot)com
Web: http://www.CLgamer.com
Twitter: thegloryofphire

Unveil Gaming is a creative digital production company that sponsors/supports video game talent and the gaming community.
Twitter: @UnVeilGamingNYC @Unveil_NYC
Facebook: http://www.Facebook.com/UnveilNYC.FB

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