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Earlier this week, Nintendo of America issued a cease and desist to shut down a major online Smash Bros. tournament. Since then, the community has rallied to get Nintendo to reverse course, with #FreeMelee and #SaveSmash trending on Twitter recently. However, community members now claim that Nintendo actively interfered with various competitive Smash circuits, including VGBootCamp’s Smash World Tour.

The most comprehensive accusations came from an anonymous Twitter account claiming to be a member of the Smash community. This anonymous Smasher claimed Nintendo stifled the growth of the Smash scene by preventing third-party organizations from hosting large-scale circuits. The interested organizations supposedly included ELeague, HTC, ESL, MLG, Red Bull, and Twitch.

According to the anonymous Smasher’s TwitLonger, Nintendo has done more than merely refusing to fund Smash circuits. It claimed Nintendo restricted streaming rights, cut off communication with interested parties, and even reneged a written contract with Twitch. If the allegations are true, then Nintendo prevented a potential Smash World Tour long before the VGBootCamp circuit was announced.

Multiple prominent Super Smash Bros. tournament organizers with insider information have lent credence to the anonymous Smasher’s claims. These include Arian “The Crimson Blur” Fathieh and Anthony “Slime” Bruno. While the identity of the anonymous Smasher is currently unconfirmed, some people speculate that it is Hugo “HugS” Gonzalez. HugS previously claimed he wrote an exposé about Nintendo’s interference with competitive Smash, but didn’t release it at that time. Additionally, HugS hinted multiple times that he may be the anonymous Smasher in a recent video about the controversy.

More about Nintendo and the Smash World Tour

Another source claimed Nintendo tried to take action against the Smash World Tour, as it allegedly did for previous circuits. Prominent streamer and Smash player Ludwig Ahgren received the information during a recent livestream. According to the source, CEO Dreamland 2020 lost its Smash World Tour status at Nintendo’s request. Previously, a statement from the Smash World Tour had suggested that CEO lost its Tour points due to the coronavirus.

Christina “Chia” Korsak made further claims about how Nintendo impacted her as a tournament organizer. She said Twitch threatened to revoke her partnership if she continued to stream Super Smash Bros. Brawl mod Project M. Chia also alleged that Nintendo was behind Twitch’s Project M ban.

Members of the Project M community have been especially outspoken about the recent allegations against Nintendo. Many prominent tournaments dropped the Brawl mod in an attempt to appease Nintendo and receive the company’s support. However, many players now believe it was all for naught, as Nintendo seems unlikely to support a Smash circuit.


Dylan Tate is a student in the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a gaming journalist with a love for Nintendo esports, particularly Super Smash Bros. and Pokémon.


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