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Nintendo closes the Smash World Tour without any warning

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Smash World Tour organizers have it today announce that they would shut down after Nintendo told them “without any warning” that they “could no longer operate”.

circuitthis Managed by a third party (since Nintendo has traditionally been bad at it), it has over the years become a One of the biggest games in the field of electronic sports and fighting. As the SWT team puts it:

In 2022 alone, we’ve connected over 6,400 live events worldwide, with over 325,000 in-person attendees, making the Smash World Tour (SWT or Tour) the biggest esports tour in the world. history, for any game title. Tournaments also reportedly had the largest prize pool in Smash history at over $250,000. The 2023 Smash World Tour has projected prize pools of over $350,000.

That’s all there is to it, because now the organizers are saying “Without any warning, we received notice the day before Thanksgiving from Nintendo that we were no longer able to operate. Although Nintendo has yet to comment – we have contacted the company –Nintendo recently teamed up with Panda to launch an officially licensed competing series smashing events.

While this was a disappointment for SWT organizers, fans and players, it also put the team in a huge financial hole, as many event bookings and plans had already been made. As they say in the cancellation announcement:

We don’t yet know where it’s all going to land with contracts, sponsorship bonds, etc. – in short, we are going to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars because of Nintendo’s actions. However, we are taking action to address several issues related to the cancellation of the upcoming Smash World Tour, especially for players. Please be aware in the coming days to help with travel arrangements. Due to the imposed deadline, we had to publish this statement before we could finalize all the details. Full refunds will be issued for all attendees.

This move surprised the SWT team who, after years of friction, thought they were starting to make progress with Nintendo:

In November 2021, after the Panda Cup was first announced, Nintendo contacted us to call a few people from their team, including a representative from their legal team. We really thought we might be closed due to the fact that they now have a licensed competition circuit and a partner in Panda.

Once we joined the call, we were very surprised to hear quite the opposite.

Nintendo contacted us to let us know that they were watching us build over the years and wanted to know if we would be interested in working. with them and apply for a license as well. They clarified that the partnership with Panda was not exclusive and said it “did not go unnoticed” as we had not infringed on their intellectual property regarding game modifications and represented the values ​​well. from Nintendo. They made it clear that game mods were their main concern in terms of “reducing events”, which also made sense to us given their application over the past few years in this regard.

This long conversation changed our view of Nintendo on a macro level. It was incredibly refreshing to talk to so many senior members of the team and clear up so many misunderstandings and suspicions over the previous years. We explained why so many community members were hesitant to reach out to Nintendo to work together, and we truly believe Nintendo was looking carefully at their relationship with the community and ways to get involved in a positive way.

I do not think so! Also, Nintendo now states that tournaments can only be played with an official license – an SW thingT failed to apply – the team also alleged that Panda was undermining individual event organizers (the World Tour served as an umbrella tying those events together), and that while Nintendo continued to say nice things to their faces, Panda told them grassroots organizers that The Smash World Tour would be shutting down for good, which made them reluctant to join.

You can read the full announcement this waywhich goes into great detail, and ends with a call that “Nintendo is reconsidering how it currently proceeds in its relationship with the Smash community, as well as its partners.”

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