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Nintendo finally sponsors Smash Ultimate circuit – events, dates, venues and more

Published: 10/Sep/2019 22:57 Updated: 11/Sep/2019 0:13

by Brad Norton

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After years of largely neglecting the competitive scene, Nintendo finally unveiled support for a new Super Smash Bros. Ultimate circuit.

Fans of Super Smash Bros. have had to put up with Nintendo’s disregard for the esports industry for many years now. 

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There are countless examples of tournaments lacking support from the major company or even being held back in the case of EVO 2013, where Nintendo’s lawyers pushed to remove Melee from the main stage. 

On September 10 however, Nintendo announced its support for a massive Super Smash Bros. Ultimate European Circuit. 

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Kicking off in the Netherlands with Syndicate 2019, the European circuit spans seven major events through until Stunfest in May 2020. 

Here is a full list of all of the circuit competitons, and information about how to register for them can be found via each respective link.

EVOThe Fighting Game Community has always been tightly knit

The European Circuit will culminate in a huge grand final at DreamHack in 2020 as players compete “for the title of Europe’s best Super Smash Bros. Ultimate player!”

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Prize pools and grand final winnings are yet to be disclosed, however this marks the first time in 2019 that Nintendo has properly supported the competitive Smash Bros. scene.

It’s undeniable that the franchise has an extraordinary reach within the Fighting Game Community and the esports industry as a whole.

Most recently, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate shattered the EVO viewership record with 200,000 viewers glued to their screens for the 2019 Grand Final.

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In our exclusive documentary series with one of the all-time great Smash Bros. Melee competitors, Hungrybox shed some light on just how toxic the community can be. Perhaps a result of the esport long being neglected and shut down by Nintendo. 

Will this show of support be a one-off from Nintendo, or does this mark the first real step in the right direction for a blossoming esport scene?

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CoD streamers slam Warzone star WarsZ for “pathetic” K/D tanking

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:16

by Theo Salaun

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Call of Duty: Warzone stars continue to call each other out – this time Tommey is joined by HusKerrs and others in critiquing multi-event champion, WarsZ, for manipulating tournament Kill-Death Ratio (K/D) caps by tanking his account.

With more and more money being piled into Warzone tournaments, the stakes are higher than ever and competitors are understandably adamant about integrity. Many of these competitions have turned to K/D caps, as a way to limit good players from forming super squads that’ll end up dominating the opposition.

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Following earlier condemnations from top streamers like NICKMERCS and Aydan about others gaming the K/D cap limits, Tommey has exposed WarsZ in particular for allegedly partaking in the unfair practice.

Tommey, a former Call of Duty League player and multi-time Warzone champion, did not hesitate to single out WarsZ for a suspicious drop in his kill-death ration just ahead of this week’s leg of the $210,000 Vikkstar Warzone Showdown. 

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Although the caps have been instituted in tournaments to provide for better parity among teams, they can also be manipulated by purposefully delivering uncharacteristically poor performances.

WarsZ has won six Warzone championships across different tournaments, so Tommey’s linked image of the streamer having double-digit zero-kill matches in the past few days is particularly damning.

“People seem to be scared of the repercussions but I’m fed up with the bulls**t,” Tommey tweeted, tagging the rival competitor directly while calling the alleged tanking “pathetic.”

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As for WarsZ’s response, it was not well-received. Suggesting that this notable drop in K/D was spurred by having his “girl” play on his account, a variety of notable Warzone competitors slammed the excuse. Among those wast renowned multi-time champion, HusKerrs, who replied simply, “Brother, c’mon now… nobody is buying that.”

Popular streamer DougisRaw also chimed in, mocking the excuse for how obviously the screenshot goes against the idea of letting an inexperienced player drop in for some games: “Damn, your girl plays solo squads. She’s cracked.”

 

While none of the allegations can be proven, many seem dissatisfied with WarsZ’s excuse and believes it is unfair to competitors like Jukeyz and others who were unable to snag tournament spots because of their high K/D.

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It must be noted, as Tommey mentioned in the tweet above, that Vikkstar’s tournament technically doesn’t prohibit such a tactic, so while WarsZ isn’t breaking any rules, it’s fair to say that the rest of the big-name competitors don’t think too highly of it.

It remains to be seen if other tournaments will begin following NICKMERCS in the way he runs his MFAM Gauntlets, monitoring participants’ past in-game performances to make sure that they’re not trying to circumvent the K/D cap.

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