Nintendo Backs Down, Allows Smash Bros. Streaming

Nintendo Backs Down, Allows Smash Bros. Streaming

Only hours after Nintendo blocked fighting game tournament Evo from streaming Smash Bros. Melee matches, the publisher has swiftly reversed its decision.

A notice on SRK reads:

I’ve just receive word from Nintendo that the Evo Smash Bros. Melee stream will be allowed to proceed. We will be restoring the original stream and tournament schedules. Obviously this is a huge relive for all of us here and we’re thrilled that the world will get to see the best Smash players fight it out this weekend. Thanks to everyone online who supported both Evo and Smash.

If only Nintendo had been that aware of public perception before making the initial decision! We’ve reached out to the company for comment on the reversal, and will update if we hear back.

Smash is Back [SRK]


  • if only the OFLC u-turned like big companies do…. i mean they have a job to do, categorize things, that’s all.. we don’t need belligerence

  • Obviously this is a huge relive for all of us here

    “relive”? I’m sure they meant “relief”…

  • All of this probably could have been avoided with a bit more media-savvy on both parties’ sides, and an appropriate period of advance notice for that all-important courtesy of ‘permission’. For a charity it might seem like a no-brainer, a mere formality, but good things can come of it.

    Worst case scenario, you avoid the embarrassment of cancelling something, and red faces for the anti-charity party. That’s the worst case and doesn’t make a lot of sense, so it’s not real likely. Likely scenario? Blessings, and a few tips for making sure of avoiding potential legal hassles.

    Best case? Actual funding and developer/publisher involvement in contributing to the event’s success.

    Good learning experience, I guess.

  • Did Don Mattrick join Nintendo instead of Zenga? Because that sounds like one of his backflips!

  • i bet its because Nintendo heard that fans donated almost 95k for breast cancer to get it in EVO, that would’ve really hurt their reputation, u dodged a bullet there nintendo

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