Nintendo cancels Smash World Tour 2022/2023
To the surprise of many smash-Fans announced the organizers of the Smash World Tour recently announced that the big event that with $250,000 in prize money would have gone down in Smash tournament history cannot take place.
Reason being, be one surprising cancellation by Nintendo after many months of benevolent discussions and planning. Also CEO Alan Bunney of Panda Global is accused up front wrong information spread and organizers threatened to have to harm the rival event.
The eternal conflict between Nintendo and competitive Smash
It is not the first timethat the Smash scene conflicts with Nintendo. In 2013, Nintendo tried Ban the streaming of Super Smash Bros. Melee at the Evo Major Fighting Game Tournament. At that time they followed suit strong reactions from the fans back again though.
2020 saw the online version of the famous tournament series The Big House, blocked by Nintendo. Since they die Do not accept modification of your Gamecube classic wanted, which made it possible to play the game properly online.
Just like 7 years before, there was also 2020 massive shitstorms the Smash and friendly Splatoon community. Big House 2020 was therefore not allowed to take place, but since then Nintendo has largely refrained from banning further Smash events. Until now…
The first officially licensed Smash Championship in 2022
Since the inception of competitive Smash, the community never much love and support from the developer get Nintendo. Fat prize money, as with League of Legends, dota and Co. stayed away because the Community mainly on their own had to organize.
That should be different in 2022. The esports organization Panda Global made it with Nintendo to reconnect. Their Panda Cup, which consists of several small events and a final championship in December, was officially licensed by Nintendo.
At the same time, VGBootCamp, the organizers of the Smash World Tour, got in touch with Nintendo. According to the organizers followed after initial fearto get a ban from Nintendo, extremely productive and benevolent conversations.
Nintendo sees no problem in having two Smash Circuits in parallel. In fact, they were very convinced of the previous work the Smash World Tour crew and interested in an official licensed collaboration.
trouble in paradise?
After years of conflict between the Smash scene and Nintendo, there should be a peaceful coming together with equal two major smash circuits. That sounded like a lot of fans to be too good to be true. Unfortunately it was.
In a detailed open letter and statement on the current situation, the organizers of the world tour say that the CEO Alan Bunney of the “competing” Panda Cup started smaller threatening tournament organizersthat they should rather work with his cup than with the Smash World Tour, otherwise they would end up with a Expect ban from Nintendo could.
Also one of the larger tournament organizations (Beyond the Summit) is said to have been threatened by Alan Bunney after she had a Cooperation refused on his terms had.
The future of Smash Bros.
The Smash World Tour would be that Culminating a successful Smash year been with increasing prize money and viewership. the Community is extremely upset by Nintendo’s behavior and Bunney’s eventual negative influence in the story.
This resentment even goes so far that some top players Anger at Panda Global CEO’s actions and out of respect to the Smash World Tour crew no longer want to take part in the upcoming Panda Cup event.
Some sponsored players, like the top 5 Smash Bros. Melee player IBDW is even considering leaving the panda team. There has not yet been an official response from the CEO to the allegations.
For however, the future of Smash looks bleak. Correspondence with Nintendo so far has revealed that both the Smash World Tour 2023 and two other major events of VGBootCamp have to be cancelled.
Of the two major championship eventswhich should say goodbye to the competitive smash year, one has been banned and the other is threatened boycotted by the community to become.
Currently still standing the hope in the roomthe Nintendo similar to 2013 reconsider your decision could. It remains to be seen how realistic that is and how Alan Bunney will react to current events.
Nintendo cancels Smash World Tour 2022/2023