Jul 9, 2013

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Nintendo Pulls Smash Bros’ EVO Stream

Nintendo Pulls Smash Bros’ EVO Stream
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This weekend is the annual Evolution (EVO) tournament where gamers compete in a variety of fighting games for prizes and trophies. Super Smash Bros. Melee for the Nintendo Gamecube was announced a while back to be one of the games that would be present at the tournament. Today, it was revealed that Nintendo has stopped any streaming of the Melee tournament for unknown reasons. Event Hubs reported that “Nintendo of America has informed…that the Evolution tournament series does not have permission to broadcast the game.”

Part of the reason gamers are upset about this sudden change is that nearly $100K was raised for charity to promote streaming of the game, and many who donated to the cause feel cheated.

Nintendo, of course, has every right to stop the streaming, but the question many fans are asking is why? This seems like a very similar situation to the recent debacle where Nintendo contacted YouTubers that have recorded videos with Nintendo games in them, requiring them to give Nintendo a cut of the money they have made. If you are an EVO fan that could not attend the event and would like to be able to watch the stream, you can contact Nintendo by either calling them at 1-800-255-3700 or email them at nintend0@noa.nintendo.com and let them know what you think about this situation.

[Source: Twitter, Event Hubs]