Nintendo bans Super Smash Bros. at EVO 2022

Nintendo bans Super Smash Bros. at EVO 2022

This story about upsets, boiled down, in 0.56 minutes.

What's the fuss?

Nintendo is pulling their flagship fighting game from a prestigious esports tournament after 15 years without a specific reason. One can only speculate.

The situation

Nintendo's Super Smash Bros. series, a fighting game that celebrates the storied history of Nintendo characters, has an equally storied history in esports.

Seemingly out of nowhere, Nintendo has forced EVO to pull all Super Smash Bros. events from this year's tournament.

  • EVO organizers have not stated a reason for the termination, leaving fans and players confused and upset.

Boiling it down

This announcement comes at a peculiar time, where two events could explain the unexpected exit.

Nintendo has a shaky history with the competitive Super Smash Bros. scene.

  • The company has a history of distancing themselves from its professional tournaments and players alike, very rarely endorsing any.
  • In fact, their dedicated Super Smash Bros. tournament circuit is their first one in the franchise's 23 year history.

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