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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.



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.

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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.

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