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We’re now just 21 days away from the launch of the very first SCORE WARS, Meow Wolf’s GALAGA world championship, kicking off on the 29th March through to April 1st.

With the qualifiers now closed and the event on the horizon, the best GALAGA players have been chosen and will be flown out to Meow Wolf’s legendary House of Eternal Return in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where they’ll battle it out for the $10,000 top prize and the title of GALAGA world champion. The SCORE WARS finalists are:

The competition is set to reach stratospheric heights as the finalists will not only be battling it out with each other, they’ll be facing the ultimate challenge from 3 of the world’s most legendary GALAGA players, the galactic masters:

You can watch the latest SCORE WARS promo here

If you have any questions regarding SCORE WARS or you’d be interested in feature or interview opportunities with any of the Meow Wolf team or the champions taking part in the event, please feel free to send me a message with your interests.


Meow Wolf To Fly Top Qualifiers To Santa Fe For Chance To Win $10,000

SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO March 7, 2018: Internationally-renowned arts and entertainment group Meow Wolf will ignite its first annual live and live-streamed video gaming event SCORE WARS from Thursday, March 29 to Sunday, April 1, 2018 with a Galaga World Championship that brings together the best players on the planet for an epic four-day throwdown to smash world records and crown a new world champ. Event hosts have just been announced and include Jon Carnage, Brit Wiseman, Jose Sanchez, and Zeke III.

Meow Wolf will fly the following top qualifiers to Santa Fe to compete for the $10,000 top pro-level prize against the world’s interplanetary Galaga record holders:

Armando Gonzales of Los Angeles, California

Keith “Arcade Doctor” Swanson of Orlando, Florida

Tanner Rousseau of Blue Springs, Missouri

Mark Schult of La Porte, Indiana

Jon Klinkel of Battle Creek, Michigan

Larry Brockie of Mount Prospect, Illinois

John McAllister of Seattle, Washington

Stories abound around these supremely talented gamers. Armando Gonzales is a dark horse for the competition who may very well be the next world-record holder. A Meow Wolf documentary crew just returned from filming with him in Los Angeles where they discovered that he learned to play Galaga when he went partially blind in one eye. Jon Klinkel refers to himself as “Galaga God” and is currently ranked #5 in the world by Twin Galaxies for Tournament Settings. Legacy Champ Phil Day wrote an article about Jon and predicted he would be the next world champ. Tanner Rousseau is a second generation player who surpassed records of his dad’s at half the age. Mark Schult is the underdog who sports a "Galaga 1" license plate and for whom Score Wars is his life's dream come true.

All seven will be at House Of Eternal Return in Santa Fe later this month to compete against the galactic masters:

“This tournament definitely stands out from any other Classic Arcade Game tournament in terms of its prize money, sponsorship and overall wow-factor,” said Barrow. “Galaga is a great game and very challenging, however the biggest reason I’ve stayed with it is the overall classic gaming community. I have many great friends because of this hobby and they are what keep me coming back.”

Laidlaw noted “Score Wars will be the first time I will be competing with others gamers in front of a crowd, which is exactly what I think arcade gaming needs.”

Galaga players not entered in the Pro-Level Championship will have the opportunity to compete in the $1,500 Top-Prize Amateur Tournament on Saturday, March 31. Qualifying runs for the amateur tournament take place onsite and in-person Thursday, March 30 and Friday, March 31 between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Amateur qualifying plays are $20 each and limited to three per-person in pre-registration. To reserve your slot, simply fill out the form at

The SCORE WARS: Galaga World Championship action will be on a live stream on Twitch at via live streaming specialists XSplit, who are known for producing major tournaments including the Capcom Pro Tour and Nintendo World Championship as well as partnering with leading video games publishers such as Devolver Digital and Twitch to produce live stages and content for the gaming community. 

For more on watching the action, please see

Meanwhile, Meow Wolf and The Nuttery Entertainment are developing the animated series Galaga Chronicles. The partnership will reimagine and extend BANDAI NAMCO’s legacy brand through animated content, physical exhibitions, merchandise, live media, and Meow Wolf’s Galaga World Championship. 

Get all the goods on SCORE WARS: Galaga World Championship at

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