Nintendo Takes Down Super Smash Bros. Melee Streams at EVO 2013

UPDATE – Nintendo has allowed EVO 2013 to stream Super Smash Bros. Melee.  One of EVO’s tournament organizers, Tom Cannon, said that viewers at home will get the Smash experience.  He says,

I’ve just receive word from Nintendo that the Evo Smash Bros. Melee stream will be allowed to proceed. We will be restoring the original stream and tournament schedules. Obviously this is a huge relive for all of us here and we’re thrilled that the world will get to see the best Smash players fight it out this weekend. Thanks to everyone online who supported both Evo and Smash.

The original story is as follows below.

The Evolution Championship Series is the world’s biggest fighting game tournament, with top players from all around the world often coming out and participating in this massive tournament.  For EVO 2013 (this July 12-14th), the tournament organizers decided to have 9 games in the lineup, a simply ridiculous number of games.  One of the games is Super Smash Bros. Melee, a game that was voted in through a donation charity drive for breast cancer.

In the end, SSBM wound up having the third most amount of competitors, only behind Super Street Fighter IV AE 2012 and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.  Yes, a 12 year old GameCube game had more participants in the tournament than relatively new releases like Tekken Tag Tournament 2 and Injustice: Gods Among Us.  With 696 entrants, it will be the biggest Melee tournament ever.

That alone proves the amount of interest and buzz SSBM was generating.  But unfortunately it was announced today that Nintendo is putting the kibosh to that, as Nintendo prohibited EVO from showing any sort of live stream of the tournament.  The tournament will still be carried out, but viewers at home will be unable to watch any of the matches.

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This is incredibly short-sighted and foolish on Nintendo’s part.  Not only are they hurting its own fanbase, the company is also missing out on basically free promotion for its new upcoming Smash game for the Wii U.  Having Super Smash Bros. Melee on stream for thousands of viewers to see is really only free publicity for Nintendo.

To be honest, I guess this was somewhat expected.  Nintendo has recently decided to claim revenue from any sort YouTube videos showcasing a Nintendo game.  It seems like the company is making weird and backward decisions that hurts its own image than making progressive steps forward that will positively benefit the rabid Nintendo fans.

As a result of this news, the stream schedule had to be altered.  Shown below is the updated stream schedule for the entire weekend.