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Almost half of Evo Japan’s Smash Ultimate entrants didn’t show up

Published: 24/Jan/2020 22:04

by Dustin Steiner

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Evo Japan kicked off on January 24 with some unfortunate news for those hoping for a massive Smash Ultimate tournament to watch: almost half of its competitors didn’t bother to show up. 

No shows at fighting game community events are a common occurrence, but it’s not usually at such a high rate. 2,988 entered, and only 1,819 showed up. This means that 39.12% of entrants were unable to make their pools.

This could have been from any number of circumstances, including travel difficulties, difficulties finding the venue, or people just deciding it was not worth attending the event at all. Also, it could be that many Japanese competitors had difficulty taking off from work, as it’s widely noted that many employers in Japan have issues with offering requested time off.

The other games at Evo Japan have not had the same issue, meaning this is likely isolated to Smash Ultimate, but why?

The game’s run at Evo Japan has been heavily criticized by fans due to its lack of a prize pool. The only prize for winning the entire event is a special Nintendo Gamecube controller provided by Nintendo that has a unique golden Smash ball logo.

With no prize pool for the event, many competitors could have canceled their plans to attend, despite it offering a significant amount of Panda Global Ranking points, the one accepted metric by which pros are ranked in the Smash scene.

Most of the notable players going to Evo Japan did make it to their pool, so overall the top echelon of competition should be unaffected by these happenings.

It’s worth pointing out that all of the other events at Evo Japan are affiliated with the Japan Esports Union and are accredited games. This allows them, under Japanese law, to offer prize pools at events. Nintendo has not participated in this organization or its discussions, which prevents Evo from offering a prize at all. This event was also a free entry tournament, which meant there was little to no risk to signing up, even if you couldn’t end up making it.

With Genesis 7 also running this weekend, also playing host to over 1,600 entrants, it will be a hype weekend of Smash esports action regardless.

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Many competitors didn’t make it to the free entry tournament.

Evo Japan will run from January 24-26 in Tokyo, Japan. Smash Ultimate’s Top 8 is scheduled for 10:30 PM Eastern Standard Time on January 25, assuming Tekken 7 does not run long.

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Fortnite director reportedly hints at Smash Ultimate DLC fighter crossover

Published: 29/Oct/2020 4:36

by Brad Norton

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Hot on the heels of Minecraft’s huge arrival in Smash Ultimate, could Fortnite be next in line? Epic Games creative director Donald Mustard has reportedly hinted at that being the case.

Smash Bros. collaborations have long-been one of the most exciting aspects of Nintendo’s popular fighting game. Teasers are always the talk of the town as developers hint at what major addition could be on the horizon in a nearby update.

While the Smash community is still getting comfortable with Minecraft’s Steve joining the fight, it could already be time to look towards the next character.

A recent Zoom call between Geoff Keighley, Donald Mustard, and select fans was kept under wraps at the time. Whatever fans asked, whatever topics came up, it wasn’t for the general public in the moment.

However, as with most things in the gaming industry, certain details have reportedly leaked online days after the fact. Among the topics discussed was a Fortnite crossover in Smash: here’s what the Creative Director had to say.

Throughout this Zoom call, “a few hints had been revealed about the future of Fortnite,” prominent leaker FireMonkey’ said on Oct. 28. The first major revelation is a Fortnite announcement is lined up for The Game Awards on Dec. 10.

This isn’t the first time Epic’s battle royale has made a splash at Keighley’s annual awards show. The Block was revealed back in 2018 and another big announcement could be lined up for the 2020 show. Perhaps it relates to an upcoming in-game event as the new Season draws near. Or maybe there’s a chance we see another Smash tie-in revealed rather soon.

2018’s Game Awards shocked the world with one of the biggest Smash crossover announcements yet. Persona 5’s Joker joined the fight and now Fortnite could be next for a similar reveal. 

When pressed on the subject, Donald Mustard didn’t shut down the possibility. He simply “stated he can’t comment about it,” according to the leaked intel. Funnily enough, last time a dev said “no comment,” their game ended up in Smash.

Obviously, there’s no telling how significant this kind of crossover might be. We’ve seen everything from entirely new fighters to simple Mii skins as well. Given the popularity of Fortnite, however, there’s every chance a crossover with Smash would make waves in the industry.

Keep your eyes peeled over the coming weeks for any additional teasers. Keighley’s 2020 Game Awards kicks off on Thursday, December 10.