It seems EVO’s plans to stream the Melee tournament this year has been canned by no other than Nintendo themselves. According to a schedule update on Shoryuken (a fighting game site ran by the people behind EVO tournaments), Nintendo of America has told them that they do not have permission to stream Super Smash Bros. Melee at this year’s EVO:
“Regrettably, we’ve just been informed by Nintendo of America Inc. that we do not have permission to broadcast Super Smash Bros. Melee for Evo 2013.”
This is nothing short of odd, as Melee and Super Smash Bros Brawl and even the original Smash Bros. on the N64 have been streamed by EVO over the last decade.
Even weirder, the Melee community raised over $95,000 in EVO’s official charity fundraiser for breast cancer, which allowed the game to be present at this year’s meeting. But now we will not be able to see this game streamed lived. According to reports, no other games in the EVO roster have been cancelled, so this is a move that Nintendo is solely making alone. Could this be part of their recent crackdown they’ve done on their intellectual properties being uploaded to sites such as YouTube?
So far there has been no official response back from Nintendo, but fans have already started a Twitter campaign to try to get the game streamed with the hashtag, #freemelee.
UPDATE: Nintendo has done a complete 180 in less than an hour. Due to the backlash from Smash fans everywhere, Nintendo will allowed to game to be streamed at EVO after all.by