IVGF NorthWest Regionals
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International Video Gaming Federation NorthWest Regional Festival and Tournament, shortened as IVGF NorthWest or IVGF Seattle, was a Super Smash Bros. Melee regional tournament run by the International Video Game Federation on March 1st, 2003 alongside Tekken 4, Halo: Combat Evolved, and Unreal Tournament 2003: Death Match. The ruleset for the tournament seems to have been "1v1, best of 1, double elimination, items on low or medium, pretty much every stage". However, a conflicting report suggested it was free-for-all. Recipherus was the winner, but most other placements are unknown. It is known that Matt Deezie and Adam placed in the top three, and based on their previous results it can be assumed that Matt Deezie placed 2nd and Adam 3rd. Additionally, the $8,000 first place prize is still the 9th largest single payout at a tournament in Melee history. The large payout can probably be attributed to the unusually high entrance fee, $50 per competitor. As implied by the event's name, this was the first event of a planned 10-city 2003 circuit. However, judging by the lack of results that can be found on the web it seems as if the entire operation collapsed after only the first tournament. The other planned locations were: Northern California (San Francisco / San Jose), Southern California (Los Angeles / Orange County), Rocky Mountain Region (Denver, CO), SouthWest Region (Dallas, TX), and Mid-America Region (Chicago, IL).