This year, the competitive community of Smash Bros. has taken action online, but one event has not had such luck.
The Big House – the longest-running big Smash tournament in the United States – has been ordered to suspend and be abandoned by Nintendo of America. The problem Nintendo has with this year’s event is the fact that it requires “illegally copied versions” of Super Smash Bros. Mele and will also benefit from Slippi Online – a network code denial that allows players to download it online.
In a statement to Polygon, Nintendo said tournament organizers were “refusing”
“Nintendo appreciates the love and commitment of the Super Smash Bros. fighting game community. In the past, we have partnered with many Super Smash Bros. tournaments and hosted our own online and offline tournaments for the game and plan to continue this support in the future. Unfortunately , the upcoming Big House tournament has announced plans to host an online tournament for Super Smash Bros. Melee, which requires the use of illegally copied versions of the game along with a mod called “Slippi” during their online event. of the tournament to ask them to stop. They refused, leaving Nintendo with no choice but to intervene to protect its intellectual property and trademarks. Nintendo cannot approve or allow piracy of its intellectual property. “
In its own response (via Twitter), The Big House said it was “overwhelmed” that it should cancel its upcoming online event and had no choice but to comply with Nintendo. Will send more details about the refund soon.
“The big house is heartbroken to say that we have been terminated and are refraining from Nintendo of America, Inc. to cancel our upcoming online 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 our races are affected.
“We are forced to fulfill the order and cancel The Big House Online for both Melee and Ultimate. Refund information will be sent soon. We apologize to all concerned.”
The Big House Smash Bros. competition. was to take place the following month between 4 and 6 December.