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Golden Guardians Continue Expansion Into Super Smash Bros. Melee


Organization Signs Three New Competitors, Announces “Golden Guardians Smash Grassroots Fund” And Additional “The Octagon” Events

SAN FRANCISCO – The Golden Guardians (GG), an esports affiliate of the Golden State Warriors, are continuing expansion efforts into Super Smash Bros. Melee (SSBM) and have signed Kris “Toph” Aldenderfer, Kevin “PPMD” Nanney and Edgar “n0ne” Sheleby. Aldenderfer, Nanney and Sheleby join SSBM competitor Zain “Zain” Naghmi, who was signed last year during the organization’s expansion efforts.

In addition to signing three new Super Smash Bros. Melee competitors, the Golden Guardians are increasing their presence in the game through additional events and outreach efforts, including the Golden Guardians Smash Grassroots Fund and hosting additional “The Octagon” events beginning this summer. Through the Golden Guardians Smash Grassroots Fund, GG is committing $50,000 to grassroots tournament organizers across the country to support the foundational layer of SSBM.

“Over the past year we’ve immersed ourselves in Smash’s grassroots community and are eager to continue to be an additive in the scene,” said Hunter Leigh, Head of GSW Esports. “Growing Smash means investing in the foundation that’s already been created, and we hope our fund provides locals around the country the financial support they need to grow.”

Aldenderfer, who is best known as a Super Smash Bros. Melee commentator and content creator, formerly ranked 97th on the 2015 SSBMRank and 16th on the NorCal Melee Power Rankings. Nanney notably won Apex 2015, one of the largest Melee tournaments at the time, using mostly Marth. PPMD was formerly ranked 6th on the 2015 SSBMRank. Sheleby, a native of Nicaragua, is currently ranked 15th on the 2019 MPGR and 1st on the Southern Ontario Power Rankings.

Founded in 2017, the Golden Guardians are an esports affiliate of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors. The Bay Area-based organization currently sponsors professionals competing in League of Legends, Super Smash Bros. Melee and World of Warcraft. For more information on the Golden Guardians, visit