With a multifaceted resume that trails back over a decade, “Rapper, Caster, Pokémon Master” Max Ketchum is without a doubt one of the most recognizable figures in the competitive Super Smash Bros. community. Being one of the last few representatives from the early Melee/Brawl era, Max continues to prove his staying power by creatively transcending history on and off the mic. Check out this extended interview with the Smash caster extraordinaire.
Anyone who knows the Super Smash Bros. competitive esports scene knows that the tristate region (NY/NJ/CT) hasn't had a Super Major event in a little over ten years. Max Kethcum’s "for the people, by the people" approach towards his work is akey element that helps the Let's Make Big Moves event series exist at a major level in the heart of New York. It's safe to say that the hip-hop infused event is not only the fastest-selling Smash major event ticket in tristate history. The tristate slogan post the pandemic is “New York is back” and with tickets to simply spectate Let’s Make Big Moves selling out in an hour and half this certainly proves the statement true from an esport standpoint.
The prominence his voice carries isn’t only limited to just Smash Ultimate Commentary and helping people sign up for Let’s Make Big Moves. He’s also built quite the army of online "GAMERS" that blindly believe a billion Lions could defeat a legendary Pokémon of any sort. This online debate has gathered so much attention that even the official Twitter Gaming account had to weigh in on the discussion.
who's winning: 1 billion lions or 1 of every Pokémon?— Twitter Gaming (@TwitterGaming) August 10, 2021
If there was ever any question on whether or not Smash can still exist at a major level creatively, Let's Make Big Moves will quickly reassure you. With Max Ketchum and Even Matchup Gaming leading the charge on creating a safe competitive environment the sky is truly the limit.
Thanks to Max for spending time with us in this fantastic video interview. Check out our Scott Robertson II (Tantalus) interview if you would like to hear even more about working in the Smash esports scene with SWT and VGBootcamp.