Next up is our world-renowned tournament organizer, Alexander “Mr. Joestar” Riveron! Alex has been an integral part of our smash community for the past four years and has served as President and Head TO of Scarlet Smash for SSB4 and SSBU. Within the Rutgers Esports eboard, Alex served as a vocal and practical game representative, always advocating for the needs of his community.
Whether it was to TO the biweekly SSB4/SSBU tournaments or challenge newcomers to participate in peculiar crew battles, Alex could always be found in the Smash room each Friday.
Alongside this, he organized and led the biggest tournaments Rutgers Esports and Scarlet Smash have ever hosted—the most recent of which totaling over 250 entrants at The Scarlet Classic V. He was always a friendly face in an already welcoming community and his actions and dedication have been instrumental in cultivating the Smash community’s culture at Rutgers.
Graduating with a B.S. in Computer Engineering, Alex is heading straight to grad school at Rutgers for Computer Engineering. Alex plans to continue TOing in his free time and hopes to one day organize at major events. We wish you luck Alex in pursuing your passions!
Your next line is “Alex your a legend, thank you so much for everything you do”
When did you get involved with us?
I started around February 2017 to help with the preparation of the Smash 4 event of The Scarlet Classic III.
What did you do in your time with us?
My time with Rutgers Esports was spent mostly on working with the teams involved to focus on voicing the needs of the Smash Bros side of the event. I’ve tried dabbling in other committees, but I found my time was best spent in school and Smash.
What drew you to smash as an esport? What other games do you enjoy?
No lie, the smash documentary, and seeing sick combos on youtube is what made me choose smash over other esports. I have played CS:GO, Overwatch, LoL, and Hearthstone a while back, but Smash is a game I can return to and keep playing without ever getting bored. However, in most of my free time I actually enjoy mostly playing through single player games.
What are your plans after you graduate? Are you going to continue TOing?
I’m planning on immediately going straight into grad school, but in my free time I’m willing to help TO at local events, and once I find a solid job with a steady income, I’ll start focusing on organizing major events.
What has been the most rewarding part of being a member of the org?
Mostly witnessing the success of each semesterly major event that gets planned for, the satisfaction I got from seeing the fruits of my labor come together for a huge event is like putting on a fresh pair of underwear on New Year’s day.
What’s your fondest memory of your time in the org?
Definitely the time spent with my fellow organization members in contexts outside of planning for upcoming events for the org. I met some of the coolest people in college thanks to my time in this org, and I can’t wait to see them grow even more in the future.