The extra $ 500,000 would definitely have made the Evo more interesting
Although the competition scene for Super Smash Bros. has been flourishing for more than 20 years now, Nintendo’s track record of supporting the dedicated audience has been slow, spotty and confusing for the vast majority of the time.
Back in 2018, professional Twitch streamer Ninja released a mysterious tweet suggesting he had something special on the way for the Smash community, and then apparently nothing happened. Now he has finally broken his silence about the case and what could have been.
While attending Ludwig’s latest poker stream, Ninja was pressured into what he was actually planning with Smash.
According to the massive streamer, Ninja had to throw an extra $ 500,000 of his own money into the prize pool for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate at Evo 2019 to make an even bigger spectacle of the tournament and show support for the stage.
However, those plans fell through, allegedly because Nintendo stopped responding to Ninja after he posted his teaser tweet despite initially sounding interested.
“It was on Nintendo and not me,” Ninja explained as cut off Daniel J. Collette. “That’s 100% absolutely the case. All I wanted to do was create a massive tournament and juice Evo like $ 500,000, but I wanted Nintendo’s permission and they were just kidding us.”
According to Ninja, Nintendo seemed “interested” and then joked about him after he released this tweet
It sounds like an easy cover story for Ninja to spin, but if that’s true, then it was an astonishingly huge offer for Nintendo to leave on the table.
– Daniel J. Collette (@DanielJCollette) May 2, 2022
Obviously, it all only comes from Ninja’s perspective on the situation, but anyone who has been following the Smash community for a while would probably not find this situation so surprising.
Flash back to 2013, when Nintendo tried to block Super Smash Bros. Melee from being streamed on Evo the year before it finally turned course before the event took place.
There are plenty of other examples over the years that Nintendo has drawn official support for events with few warnings, blocking or rejecting partnership agreements and even sent termination and waiver letters to tournament organizers, culminating in the release of an anonymous letter in 2020 with detailed information about a flock. of alleged acts committed by Mario’s house in strangling Smash Bros.-related tournaments.
How Nintendo has harmed the Smash community
– anonymoussmasher (@ anonymoussmash2) November 24, 2020
It would take until 2020 for the community to receive an officially approved professional circuit in the Smash World Tour, which is not managed by Nintendo, and now Panda Global is holding their own official Super Smash Bros. North America Circuit in 2022.
Even if Ninja wanted to repeat the offer today, he could not because Smash Ultimate will not be part of the Evo 2022 following Nintendo’s decision – potentially due to the big fighting game event now co-owned by one of their biggest competitors and Sony.
The situation for the competitive Smash community is much better off than it was just a few years ago, but much of that progress is due to the hard work of the players and organizers to gain recognition and support.
Nintendo’s overall handling of competitive gaming continues to lag behind virtually everyone else in the fighting game community and video game industry as a whole, and it’s generally designed.
It will be very interesting to see how Nintendo will continue to adapt and evolve over the coming years with relationships to their most ardent fan bases, but at least it looks like things are slowly getting better.
Image via Ludwig.