Nintendo reinstates Super Smash Bros Broadcast at Evo 2013

[Update] Super Smash Bros Melee reinstated in fighting game tournament; matches will not be streamed online as planned.

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UPDATE:

Evo co-founder Joey ‘MrWizard’ Cuellar has just tweeted, saying Super Smash Bros Melee will be reinstated. “We won! Smash is back baby! #Evo2013 #hype,” his tweet read.

An update has also been added to the story on Shoryuken. “’I’ve just received 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 [relief] 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.”

Fans were upset about Super Smash Bros Melee’s removal from the stream schedule earlier today, particularly after supporters helped raise almost $95,000 for charity earlier this year to see the game included in the tournament.

The original story is below.

Nintendo of America has denied organisers the rights to broadcast Super Smash Bros Melee gameplay as part of the Evo 2013 fighting game tournament being held in Las Vegas this weekend.

A news update on the Shoryuken website by a member of the event organisation team said, "Regrettably, we've just been informed by Nintendo of America Inc that we do not have permission to broadcast Super Smash Bros Melee for Evo 2013."

Persona 4 Arena and King of Fighters XIII will now take Super Smash Bros Melee’s place, and while the GameCube brawler will still be included in the competition, its finals have been moved to Sunday at 2 p.m., and will no longer be streamed online for viewers.

Major League Gaming (MLG) faced similar restrictions from the Japanese company, when it was denied broadcast rights for Super Smash Bros Brawl ahead of its Orlando event in 2010.

In May this year, Nintendo began claiming advertising revenue for user-created YouTube videos that included the company’s games.

Discussion

169 comments
The-Longshot
The-Longshot

Man wish I could be there to see it all!

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

I think the article was updated, but the summary at the top was not.  Still says that matches won't be streamed, which sounds to be no longer true.

Gajan-K
Gajan-K staff

I still really wish I was able to make the trip down and actually compete in the Melee Tournament but I'm glad I'll at least be able to watch the stream now!

decoy1978
decoy1978

Never ever underestimate the power of social media especially when it goes into backlash mode.

This change would not even be dreamed up back in the mid 2000's. But when gamer's unite, rage, and POST in nearly all forms of social media and forums, things do get done...

atopp399
atopp399

Free advertising at a time when they need people thinking about their games.  Smart move...

Jebril
Jebril

No stream? WTF Nintendo! WTF!? I was going to buy a Wii U for Smash 4 but screw that. Absolutely pissed.

YearoftheSnake5
YearoftheSnake5

It's free advertising. There's no reason to block it.

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

You know, this might kill off any chances in the future for Smash to reappear in EVO, but considering the FGC's stance on Smash, it might be better that way.

cboye18
cboye18

This game came out 12 years ago and I still play it... Truly a 10/10 game for me.

G4m3r0uTL4wZ
G4m3r0uTL4wZ

are people abusing of the slide glitch in these kind of tournaments?? If so,fuck it. 

calvinsora
calvinsora

I just realized Melee is 12 years old... I'm... so... old.

masterds64
masterds64

Its good they changed their minds but...

This is good marketing, why would they deny rights in the first place, this ENCOURAGES more people to play, get them thinking...to say they can't is crap.

Im glad (unless I heard wrong) they changed back the youtube policy as well, while it made sense some of the LP'ers lived off that money, and a 50/50 settlement just can't happen unless partnership policies change so...yeah...

Nintendo need to be more open to these things -_-

GrandMaster555
GrandMaster555

I just sold my Wii U and I don't even miss it.  Nintendo keeps making stupid mistakes and they don't like free advertising?

That's crazy. 

amaneuvering
amaneuvering

Nintendo of AMERICA...

It's those f'n American marketing *ssholes and/or American lawyers that are behind most of the extremely stupid PR decisions Nintendo has made of late imo.

You know, like basically stopping people from making gameplay videos and walkthroughs on YouTube and now stopping people from showing streams of Super Smash Bros Melee at Evo.

These idiots really need to be fired because they really don't have a clue about how to actually make the end consumers happy, as opposed to maybe adding a few extra bucks to the books in the short term, and it's the end consumers that are ultimately paying everyone at Nintendo's wages at the end of the day.

God these tools make me angry!

ArataWata
ArataWata

We shouldn't even be praising Nintendo to be this godly, flying messiah in the skys for changing their minds about this. The fact still remains at one point they were willing to slap their fans and people who DONATED money towards the event to get the game on EVO.

Just because they reverse their plans it doesn't excuse the fact they did it to begin with.

Benifited
Benifited

lmao wat a dumb fucking move  that was.

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

What, the FGC cares for Smash now? Last I checked, they put it on a lower pedestal than Mortal Kombat and Dragon Ball Z.

BasilVZero
BasilVZero

What in the world is NoA doing :(

Why did they even prevent them from doing something like this in the first place?

Ehggsz
Ehggsz

I've had a disdain for Nintendo of America ever since they denied me FF4.

19James89
19James89

Nintendo are more flippy floppy than a fish caught on deck of a trawler. Sort it out Nintendo.

johndoe696969
johndoe696969

God damn, the big corporations don't know what the fu*k they are doing!!! LOL always changing policies, flip flopping. New expression for that= doing "(xbrick) 180s".

Hambone8113
Hambone8113

@The-Longshot AHHH dude. The energy there is like a football stadium! I live in Vegas luckily enough otherwise I wouldnt be there either...

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

@Jebril It IS going to be streamed. They WEREN'T going to, but the FGC hypocritically erupted in anger, causing them to fall back and allow it.

mario1028
mario1028

@Jebril Um, it will be streamed. The author needs to word his update better. And to not buy a console because you thought you couldn't watch other people play a 12 year old game online is pretty silly.

mario1028
mario1028

@YearoftheSnake5 For a 12 year old game? Guess that means preorders for the new Smash will skyrocket now that it will be streamed, right?

catboykazuma
catboykazuma

@G4m3r0uTL4wZ But it's not a glitch tho. It's an exploit of a mechanic intentionally added to the game. Wavedashing was known by the devs and intentionally left in, but they didn't expect it to be abused like it is today.

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

@amaneuvering You know, they reversed the whole YT fiasco, otherwise Zack Scott (one of the big YT gamers to be hit by this) wouldn't be uploading Nintendo related videos again after he said he wasn't going to do it due to that practice (at least he was true to his word, unlike DSP who's a freaking hypocrite).

mario1028
mario1028

@ArataWata LOL. Gamers today are nothing but a bunch of petulant crybabies. A company does what you want, but doesn't matter because they thought about going another direction anyway? Makes no sense.

catboykazuma
catboykazuma

@nintendoboy16 The relationship between FGC and Smash is more a long the lines of, "We don't like it, but we respect it." So when we were wronged as a community, FGC had feels.


Gajan-K
Gajan-K staff

@dummpymonkey123 It does indeed. I'm a hidden ninja here at GameSpot, helping to handle anything and everything gamespace related (trailers, screenshots, etc.) 

atopp399
atopp399

@mario1028 @YearoftheSnake5 It says something when their 12 year old game is still relevant.  Is anyone playing BF2 or the original CoD?

ArataWata
ArataWata

@mario1028 @ArataWata A direction that was going to basically shit on the face of people who donated money to Breast Cancer Research and their dedicated fanbase?

 Stop trying to justify their actions, you fuck.

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

@catboykazuma I don't believe that at all. Not from the comments I've read on fighting game centric sites (ex: Shoryuken).

mario1028
mario1028

@ArataWata @mario1028 Your concern about breast cancer research is overwhelming, really. I assume you've written the big check to back that up?


Otherwise, people might think the little tantrum is because you almost weren't able to watch other people playing a 12 year old game...

yavix
yavix

@ArataWata @yavix @demonkingx5  Just because I don't care about region locking I'm a fanboy? Grow the hell up. Region locking hurts me in no way shape or form, so it means absolutely nothing to me. 

ArataWata
ArataWata

@yavix @ArataWata @demonkingx5 No one really gives a toss what you think, fanboy. Just because you don't care about region locking doesn't mean other people follow your same thought.


Go fist yourself.

yavix
yavix

@ArataWata @demonkingx5 Yeah because so many people would be jumping at the chance to play games that are in full Japanese, that they wouldn't even be able to understand. I could care less about region locking.