UPDATE: It appears that Nintendo has changed its stance and will allow Evo to stream Melee!
Original Story: Cue the fanboy/fangirl outrage (not that I blame them)!
Evo 2013, which is the world’s largest fighting game tournament, has been informed by Nintendo of America that they are banned from broadcasting their Super Smash Bros. Melee tournament. The showrunners, fighting game fan site Shoryuken, broke the news today in a schedule update. While this is only one of several fighting games being played, they are the only one who have been given a gag order when it comes to broadcasting the games.
Most fans are up in arms about this, but within reason. It’s not surprising, however, given that Nintendo has been cracking down on the usage of its intellectual property. But yet, it’s still a little upsetting considering this was the first time that Super Smash Bros. Melee was included in the schedule at Evo..at least when it came to the streaming era. Perhaps it’s more due to the next Smash Bros. coming out within the next year, but regardless, it’s still rather disappointing for folks.
Evo 2013 is starting on Friday and is held in Las Vegas.