Nintendo cancels Super Smash Bros. tournament for use of mods

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The competitive scene of Super Smash Bros. is not at its best, as it has gone through heavy scandals in recent months. The controversy continues among his community, but this time it is due to the cancellation of an event.

We refer to the 2020 edition of The Big House tournament, a competition that has been held annually since 2011. The plans for this year were to organize games of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Super Smash Bros. Melee.

However, plans changed at the last minute and the tournament was canceled. According to the organizers of the competition, it was Nintendo of America that ordered the event to stop. As you can imagine, the franchise community is not happy with the situation.

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Nintendo canceled Super Smash Bros. tournament for use of mods

Due to the pandemic, the competitions of both games were to be held only online. However, Super Smash Bros. Melee lacks an online mode. To resolve the matter, the organizers decided to use an emulator and a tool created by the community.

It is a mod that adds online functions to the GameCube game. Apparently, Nintendo did not like this, so it decided to send a cease and desist notice to the organizers in order to stop the event.

“We were informed that we do not have permission to host or broadcast the event, mainly due to the use of Slippi. Unfortunately, all of our competitions are affected,” commented the tournament organizers.

Unfortunately, the situation also affected the competition for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, so it will not take place either. The tournament managers apologized to the participants for all the inconvenience.

Players are unhappy with Nintendo’s decision

As we mentioned, the players are not happy with Nintendo’s decision, especially since the company has ensured that it supports the community and the competitive circuit of the franchise.

Therefore, the players decided to express their annoyance on social networks with the hashtag #freesmash, where they demand greater support from Nintendo for the organization of competitive events of Super Smash Bros.

Several fans ask the company to understand the situation, since due to the pandemic, face-to-face events cannot be held. Other players believe that there will be no changes in this regard, as Nintendo has always taken maximum care of its IPs and avoids any tool developed by third parties like the rest of the companies.

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