Tecmo Madison is the premiere Tecmo Super Bowl tournament that draws contestants from 40+ states to Madison, Wisconsin to vie for the title of Tecmo World Champion. The largest, and most well respected Tecmo tournament in the world, Tecmo Madison has seen thousands of the top players from around the country, and the globe, converge in this college town over the last 12 years. In addition to the thousands who make the annual pilgrimage to Madison, tens of thousands have participated by watching online live streaming of the tournament over the last 4 years, which has opened an even larger audience to the beloved game of Tecmo Super Bowl and it’s thrilling potential as a viable eSport.
Originally begun as a small local gathering of Tecmo players by brothers Josh and Chet Holzbauer that eventually grew to national attention, 2016 sees the evolution of the tournament into a professionally run eSports event. With veteran Tecmo enthusiast, and Tecmo media expert Dave Murray now at the helm, he brings with him a team of seasoned event organizers, planners, creatives, marketers and tournament specialists to elevate Tecmo Madison to new heights. With nearly 500 planned in attendance at this year’s event, the online streaming portion of the tournament will see an overhaul with an expected 80,000+ viewers watching along online.
Building upon the success of 12 years of tournaments, Tecmo Madison is full of vintage video game nostalgia mixed with the excitement of modern eSports and the ability for viewers across the globe to log on to the action. Tecmo Madison has gained the attention of ESPN2 and NFL Films, who produced an emmy nominated “NFL Films Presents” episode on the tournament in 2012. In 2016 ESPN returned to Madison again for a look inside the tournament for SportsCenter. Online coverage has included articles by NFL.com, ESPN.com, Kotaku, and Polygon, and the thriving online community of 55,000 Facebook users managed by the Tecmo Madison team keeps the conversation alive year ‘round.
The tournament’s origin dates to a 2006 email exchange between two brothers, each bored with their white-collar jobs on a typically cold February day in Wisconsin:
Although Josh may have been correct, neither brother knew that what began as email banter would morph into the nation’s largest Tecmo tournament.
Over the years, Tecmo Madison has grown exponentially. Tecmo V there were 64 participants and by Tecmo VII 144. Tecmo VIII was covered by NFL Films in a documentary causing the field to nearly double for Tecmo IX. This year, Tecmo XIII, hopes to have 256+ players. With a strong focus on media and streaming in particular, new director Dave Murray and his team hope to bring the Tecmo Madison name to a national level and develop a new genre in the esports scene.