Super Smash Bros. Melee Online Tournament Canceled By Nintendo Cease And Desist

The Big House, known for its Smash Bros. tournaments, was set to host an event on December 4-6 where Smash pro players would compete across GameCube classic Super Smash Bros. Melee and the Switch’s Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Due to social distancing, the event was due to happen online, with online Melee play happening through a mod called “Slippi”. However, Nintendo of America has put a stop to these plans with a cease and desist order.

In a statement on Twitter, The Big House said that the organization is “heartbroken” by the cancelation, which has been necessitated by Nintendo. “We were informed we do not have permission to host or broadcast the event, primarily due to the usage of Slippi,” the statement reads. “Sadly, all our competitions are affected.”

Participants and ticket holders will be contacted about refunds shortly.

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Author: James O’Connor