Super Smash Bros. Melee EVO livestream back in action

Wednesday, 10th July 2013 00:13 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Nintendo has withdrawn its request preventing official EVO 2013 livestreams from broadcasting the Super Smash Bros. Melee tournament this weekend.

In an update to the post announcing the livestream block, Shoryuken and EVO founder Tom Cannon said Nintendo had changed its mind.

“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,” he wrote.

“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.”

In the brief interval, gamers had already mobilised a petition calling for the stream to be permitted.

Original story:

Nintendo has ruled that one of the world’s most important fighting game championship events is unable to livestream its Super Smash Bros. Melee tournament.

“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,” organisers wrote in an update to the livestream schedule on Shoryuken.

Instead, the official livestreams will show more content from the Persona 4 Arena and King of Fighters 13 tournaments, and there have been some adjustments to finals times.

What makes this all so very disappointing to fans is that 2013 marked the return of Super Smash Bros. franchise after several years absence from the Evolution Championship Series.

Nintendo has really been cracking down on user videos lately, a strategy it may want to rethink.

EVO 2013 will be held in Las Vegas this weekend.

Thanks, Kotaku.



  1. SplatteredHouse

    What the hell! Are Nintendo fucking stupid. It’s not as if they could monetise the event themselves. But, they stand to lose a whole lot more from stupid moves like this. Especially with what they’ve elected to strike at. Of all the targets to smash, brother… :/

    #1 1 year ago

    WTF are Nintendo thinking? I don’t even know what to say… I am a big fan but you keep making stupid decisions that will only hurt your fanbase.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Francis O

    not good Nintendo

    #3 1 year ago
  4. Biscuitpants

    whyis melee the only ssb game thats getting shown? i know melee was the best but brawl was well balanced

    #4 1 year ago
  5. SplatteredHouse

    @4 I would think it’s because it has a longer-standing competitive backing, and level of active FGC support, than Brawl.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. DuckNation

    Nintendo Fails once again

    #6 1 year ago
  7. Clupula

    I wonder if this has anything to do with the whole “We don’t want Smash Brothers to be about competition” thing.

    Either way, this is a stupid, stupid move at a time when Nintendo need all the positive P.R. they can get.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. maxroy

    Well the first question I have is did the people at EVO ask Nintendo to stream or even host a SSB tourney before asking for donations? I know that other fighting game companies have given their permissions to EVO as they’ve embraced the culture, but those people aren’t Nintendo.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. Bowser

    The only reason I could see why Nintendo might not want that aired is worries about “YEAH, TAKE THAT, YOU FUCKING BITCH” type stuff.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. SplatteredHouse

    #10 1 year ago
  11. Brenna Hillier

    Updated as Nintendo has changed its mind.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. Bam007

    It is ridiculous how Nintendo work. How have they managed to survive this long?

    #12 1 year ago
  13. Fierce Deity

    @#12 – Shutup. They managed to survive so long because, obviously even with the hate from some Microsoft/Sony fans, they’re doing something right in light of that. Those two would love to get their hands on Mario/Zelda/Pokemon/Metroid/Star Fox/etc. Mario alone would crush the market on those consoles.

    Nintendo is the only true gaming company that cares about their gamers. Sony/Microsoft are more corporate businesses than they are gaming companies. When Microsoft bought out Rare company, they asked one of the Rare workers “Does this mean we own Donkey Kong?” -____- Really?

    #13 1 year ago
  14. SplatteredHouse

    Penny Arcade Report ran a story earlier today looking in to the importance of Melee featuring at EVO, this year:

    #14 1 year ago
  15. Telepathic.Geometry

    What’s with all these companies lately having no balls? I think the decision was bullshit in the first place, but if you’re the kinda cunt to make that decision in the first place, you should stick with it.

    Leadership, hah, where the fuck is it!?

    #15 1 year ago

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