Evo 2013: Nintendo tried to close Super Smash Bros. Melee tourney

Friday, 12th July 2013 03:08 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Nintendo tried to shut down the whole Super Smash Bros. Melee tournament at Evo 2013 – not just the livestream.

The revelation comes from Evo co-founder Joey Cuellar, speaking to OneMoreGameTV, as transcribed by Kotaku.

“They were not only trying to shut down the stream, they were trying to shut down the event, the Smash portion of the event,” he said.

Evo organisers had to negotiate fiercely with Nintendo’s legal team to save the tournament, eventually compromising on the cancelled livestream. Happily, the platform holder later reversed its decision, which many commenters have ascribed to the immediate social media campaign of the intervening hours.

As detailed in Alex’s truly excellent piece on Evo 2013, Smash Bros. fans donated a whopping $94,000 to charity in order to secure the game’s presence in Las Vegas this year, so if Nintendo had managed to close it down it would have been a hell of a mess all round.

Evo 2013 takes places this weekend.



  1. SlayerGT

    Wtf is going on at Nintendo??

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Bam007

    Remember when Nintendo were #1 and they were so in touch with gamers? Neither do I.

    It’s been so damn long!

    #2 1 year ago
  3. The_Red

    It’s like they hate heir fans (Who poured support and gathered money for this) and free advertising (Before this, they sent notice to Let’s Players and other video providers who dared show Nintendo games on YT).

    The worse part is, there were Nintendo fans defending BOTH of those moves (Which thankfully have been reversed by the big N, leaving those apologists looking huge asses).

    #3 1 year ago
  4. mistermogul

    You gotta wonder what planet Big N are on sometimes. Some of their decisions are freaking unbelievable!

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Fin


    Er, have they ever been in touch with gamers?

    #5 1 year ago
  6. Dave Cook

    @5 Yes. Through the NES and SNES eras they were incredible.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. dkpunk

    @6 exactly! Now not so much apparently.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. SplatteredHouse

    The number of people I saw commenting how they were only going to shut the stream down, and the event would still feature Melee play – well, now we know the depths of Nintendo’s asininity! Were it not for the “checking” of them by concerned onlookers, and participants, there would be no presence for the game at all…

    Remember THAT, next time you’re browsing the shelves. Nintendo is only for Nintendo.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. maxroy

    I’m not really sure if Nintendo is to blame here, it seems like the Evo guys put no thought into getting Nintendo’s permission before asking for peoples money. So when Nintendo went “you didn’t ask us to stream or even host this so no” the EVO guys went out and made the fans fight for it, damaging Nintendo’s PR.

    Nintendo has every right to handle it’s IP and the way people just expect like it’s all in the public domain is absurd.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. The_Red

    They were beyond amazing in terms of quality and presence but I don’t think they were EVER really in touch with gamers (Unless we count Nintendo Power).

    #10 1 year ago
  11. SplatteredHouse

    @9 Nintendo’s silence “We’re still waiting on comment from Nintendo of America over the matter” is doing a lot to unravel your theory.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. Clupula

    Anybody ever hear Yahtzee’s take on Nintendo? They’re a lot like a stripper. They don’t really like you, they’re just smiling so they can get your money.

    #12 1 year ago
  13. broomburgo

    @9 “Nintendo has every right to handle it’s IP”, exactly: getting defensive on their IP in a world were (finally) videogame culture is becoming respected like other forms of entertainment and art is the right move to anticipate your doom by a couple of years.

    I love Nintendo games, really, I own almost all of their consoles, but they’re already dead: the gamecube was saved by some neat exclusives, and the Wii hoarded some followers with the novelty of motion controls and casual “games”, but the core Wii buyer transitioned to mobile platforms, so there’s no one else to buy the WiiU: the Nintendo we saw at E3 was a company on the verge of a colossal failure, that tightens the grip on a few excellent (but not remotely enough in number) first party games, hoping to survive the storm… I think they won’t.

    #13 1 year ago
  14. maxroy

    @11 How exactly? It’s extremely common for a corporation with lots of shareholders to not comment on things such as petty arguments. The fact is we are only getting small part of one side of the story, one who is doing a lot of damage if they wish to continue doing future business, Nintendo feels obligated to let them do it now because of the donation drive but next year will be a different story.

    #14 1 year ago
  15. Mjshenay


    I agree, I also own well the last three Systems, and Game Cube was pretty great imo, 2 Pokemon Games, ToS, Animal Crossing, 2 Metroids, 2 Pikman and some nice Zelda Remakes.

    Still out side of Pokemon, it sucks to be a Nintendo Fan… but I’m wondering does Nintendo America Hate it’s fans. Or Does Japan just hate it’s American fans… Sega has screwed us with no Western PS02 Release. Capcom doesn’t release MHF outside Japan. How many Pokemon 3ds have we missed? Ect… ect…

    Granted, maybe that has nothing to do with THIS event, but I’m pretty sure Nintendo is doing pretty well in the land of the rising sun… and not so well over here… and chances are outside of Pokemon, we might not see to many great releases…

    At least Retro Studios is Based in Texas… maybe there’s hope for another Metroid…

    #15 1 year ago
  16. Ireland Michael

    I am truly and genuinely baffled by what the hell must be going on at Nintendo.

    Video games as a medium is almost completely defined by its social culture, and the sharing of our mutual gaming experiences. Nintendo should know this more than anyone. Yet they keep making these ludicrous moves that make absolutely no sense…

    *shakes head*

    #16 1 year ago

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