Nintendo and Panda Global are criticized after Smash World Tour is forced to close

By | November 30, 2022

Published🇧🇷 2022-11-30T06:45:00

updated🇧🇷 2022-11-30T07:24:21

The Smash World Tour tournament series finally returned to LAN action in 2022, but now Nintendo has forced the company to cancel just weeks before the finals.

The Smash World Tour Finals were set to kick off on December 9th in San Antonio, Texas, but now the organizer has revealed that Nintendo contacted them and informed them that the event could not go on as expected.

“Nintendo expects that we will only operate under a commercial license and that we will not receive one for upcoming championships or any activity in 2023,” read the statement from the tournament host.

Fans criticize Nintendo and Panda after Smash World Tour cancellation

This news set Twitter ablaze and fans didn’t hesitate to discuss how frustrated they were with Nintendo’s treatment of the competitive Smash scene.

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“It’s crazy how many times this community naively puts its trust in Nintendo only to be beaten again and again and again and again,” one Commentator said.

“This is really depressing man… They really are the worst company to try and stop a fan base that legally loves their games!” another fan chimed in.

Beyond The Summit’s LD also revealed that Alan Bunney of Panda Globa, another organizer of the tournament, sent messages to other TOs hinting that this would happen if they didn’t participate in the upcoming Nintendo-licensed Panda Cup.

“Alan spent several months basically running a protection racket telling TOs including BTS ‘it would be a shame if your event was shut down for not being licensed’ in an effort to scare them into signing the Cup,” they said. .

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Supposedly, this “directly contradicted conversations with Nintendo”. Having addressed this issue directly with Nintendo, the publisher has responded by saying it is only “looking to end the IP infringement related to game mods, not the unlicensed Smash World Tour”.

“They reminded us that Nintendo’s goal was not to surveil or lock down the community, and that the licensing guidelines would be accessible and clear.”

In reaction, Smash pro Sparg0 threatened to boycott the event entirely: “It’s unbelievable how hundreds of people will be affected by this. Probably skipping the Panda Cup.

“I will never go to a publicly licensed Nintendo or Panda Circuit event again,” AidenCalvin said on Twitter. “This is so extraordinarily disgusting and disheartening.”

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In a longer statement shared on social media, he called out Nintendo not just for their lack of support over the years, but for directly ‘hindering’ the scene’s “ability to succeed and grow.

“They have done absolutely nothing substantial to help the community at any point.”

“Personally, I will never again attend, support or participate in an event hosted or broadcast by Panda,” said Ken Chen, former creative director of Beyond The Summit. said🇧🇷

“Literally the only tournament I still wanted to play. Very sad news,” T1 star MkLeo added🇧🇷

Nintendo itself has submitted a statement – not directly to the SWT organizers, but to Kotaku. In it, the company said: “Unfortunately, after ongoing conversations with Smash World Tour, and after giving the same deep consideration we would apply to any potential partner, we were unable to reach an agreement with SWT for a full tour in 2023.

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“Nintendo has not requested any changes or cancellations to the remaining events in 2022, including the 2022 championship, considering the negative impact on players already planning to participate.”

The organizers disputed the publisher’s claim, stating that they had not even submitted an entry for 2023. They also submitted the license for the 2022 championship in April.

“Nintendo, including all 2023 activities, was an addition we didn’t even expect,” added SWT.

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