Today, Evolution founder and organizer Tom Cannon announced that Nintendo has not granted Evo permission to stream Super Smash Brothers Melee. As a result, all of Super Smash Brothers Melee has been pulled from the broadcast schedule and replaced with Persona 4 Arena and King of Fighters XIII:
“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. In light of this, we must make the following changes to the schedule.
- Smash has been removed from the stream schedule and replaced with a mix of Persona 4 Arena and King of Fighters XIII
- Smash Finals have been moved from Sunday to Saturday, 2:00 PM
- Persona 4 Arena Finals have been moved to Sunday, 10:00 AM
- King of Fighters XIII Finals have beem moved to Sunday, 12:00 PM
Our apologies to Smash players and fans. Here are the updated on-site and stream schedules.”
Evo 2013 is playing host to the largest Super Smash Brothers tournament in history, a spot the game earned by its players donating over $90,000 to breast cancer research. I cannot understand Nintendo’s rationale for doing this, and I also know many other publishers see value in the public broadcast of their games.
Regardless, the tournament is still going to be played this weekend in Las Vegas.
Update: Shortly after this article went up, Nintendo changed their stance. The stream will go on as expected, and everything is back to normal. Yay!