Dizzying Smash Bros. Tournament Drama, Explained


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Aw shit, here comes Nintendo again.
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If you have been following the dizzying drama around the smash World Tour, you may have seen Nintendo’s new statement regarding the sudden cancellation of the tournament. The mario the manufacturer said he “cares about Super Smash Bros. fans,” expressly stating that esports organization Panda Global had no influence over Video Game Boot Camp shutting down the $250,000 event. It’s all a bit confusing and hard to follow. So let’s break it down to see where we stand with one of this year’s biggest smash tournaments.


smash World tour cancelled, organizers blame Nintendo and Panda Global

On November 29, it was announced that smash The world tour has been cancelled. Early on, event organizers Video Game Boot Camp criticized both Nintendo and Panda Global for throwing the tournament away. In his initial Medium statement, Video Game Boot Camp said the cancellation came “without any warning”, despite the organizers having been in contact with Nintendo for “the past twelve months”. The reason for the informal formwork? Video Game Boot Camp was not licensed by Nintendo as Panda Global Panda Cup Tournament has been. This caused a lot of headaches at Video Game Boot Camp, and organizers singled out Panda Global CEO Dr. Alan Bunney for his “attempts to undermine the smash World Tour” by threatening it and other tournaments with cancellation, as well as “wanting exclusive broadcast rights”. Essentially, a monopoly on smash.

Nintendo releases statement on lack of licenses

After Video Game Boot Camp dragged Nintendo and Panda Global for the smash World Tour No Longer Held, Nintendo Says Kotaku in an emailed statement saying the two parties — Nintendo and Video Game Boot Camp — simply couldn’t come to an agreement on licensing. The company said it “has not requested any changes or cancellations to the remaining events in 2022, including the 2022 Championship event.” Nintendo seemed to suggest that Video Game Boot Camp, while unable to hold any events in 2023, could still end this year’s tournament “given the negative impact on players who were already planning to participate” if the event had to be cancelled.

smash The world tour returns in the silence of Panda Global

Video Game Boot Camp said Nintendo’s statement about how the two “were unable to come to an agreement” was completely untrue. In a short Google doc, Video Game Boot Camp expressed confusion over the company’s rollback, saying that despite the request to run as an unlicensed event next year in hopes of renegotiating a licensing deal in 2024, organizers were informed that “those days were now over”. Video Game Boot Camp was also informed that because the smash World Tour did not “meet expectations regarding health and safety guidelines” or “adhere to internal partner guidelines”, Nintendo allegedly “did not license the smash World Circuit Championship 2022 or any smash World Tour activity in 2023.” Never mind that, according to Video Game Boot Camp, organizers filed for a license in April to no avail.

While all of this is going on, Panda Global and the organization’s CEO, Dr. Bunney, have remained silent. The last thing the two entities have tweeted following all this drama, there were reactions to the new trailer for the film directed by Chris Pratt Super Mario Bros. film.

Kotaku has contacted Panda Global for comment.

smash Fans Plan to Boycott Nintendo and Panda World Events

The drama unfolding rapidly, the Super Smash Bros. A community of casual fans, professional gamers and longtime commentators are protesting against both Nintendo and Panda Global. People in the community, including other tournament organizers such as AITX eSports and Beyond the Summit, are boycott now the two entities. Senior Falcon captain Jas “Fizzi” Laferriere and Falco player Shephard “Fiction” Lima both said Kotaku on Twitter posts that they will not be attending any Panda Global events in the future, with many others sharing the same sentiment online.

Nintendo Says It “Cares” About Smash Bros. and the community

Nintendo came back with another statement, saying Kotaku by e-mail, he “cares about Super Smash Bros. fans and his community very much. The company explained why it refused to license the smash World Tour. He said the decision was “solely based on our assessment of the proposals submitted by the smash World Tour and our assessment of their unlicensed activities,” clarifying that it had nothing to do with Panda Global or any other external party. Despite what Video Game Boot Camp said about the cancellation, Nintendo expressly stated that organizers were under no obligation “to cancel the 2022 Finals due to the impact it would have on gamers.” . As such, according to Nintendo anyway, the unceremonious closure of this year’s game smash tournament “was, and still is, [Video Game Boot Camp’s] own choice. »

The company also said it was ready to partner with other organizations for major events outside of Panda Global’s Panda Cup, provided it “meets the high standards we require”. This includes adhering to health and safety protocols, adhering to brand and intellectual property guidelines, and adhering to professional and organizational best practices.

“We are committed to working hard to bring joy and fun to the community through tournaments while ensuring that we and our partners operate in a positive and responsible manner,” the company concluded in its statement to Kotaku.

smash World Tour ‘struggles to understand’ Nintendo and its decision-making

In a separate Google doc, Video Game Boot Camp addressed Nintendo’s latest statement, saying it’s “struggling to understand why Nintendo contacted us last week if they really wanted us to continue operating.” The organizers reiterated what they claim Nintendo said, that this year smash World Tour could not happen and that no other smash The World Tour events would take place in the future, making it clear that he is confused by the company’s actions. Video Game Boot Camp also shared their disappointment with Nintendo calling Panda Global a key partner given the “countless corroborating testimonies from other community leaders and organizers” about Panda Global’s behavior.

“We maintain our initial conclusion of our original statementsaid Video Game Boot Camp, concluding its follow-up post. “We urge Nintendo to reconsider how they proceed in their approach to smash community, and to please reassess their relationship with key partners who are causing so much damage.


It’s the long and the short. Video Game Boot Camp pointed to Nintendo and Panda Global, while Nintendo pointed to Video Game Boot Camp and the smash World Tour. Global Panda? Well, nothing is said yet, but that could change, as this drama seems to twist and turn with each passing day.




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