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EVO Japan 2020 prize pools leave Smash Ultimate community furious

Published: 21/Jan/2020 2:41

by Brad Norton

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The prize pools have been revealed for EVO Japan 2020 and while a number of titles are in line with expectations for one of the biggest fighting game events of the year, the Smash community is more than upset at their reward.

The 2020 Evolution Championship Series Japan is set to kick off on January 24, marking the third iteration of the prestigious fighting game event to take place in the country.

With attendance and viewership dramatically increasing year over year, various communities expected prize pools to expand as a direct result. Just days prior to the event, official prizes have been outlined and while a few scenes are satisfied with what’s at stake, the Smash community has reacted with nothing but frustration.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate released in December of 2018 and features the biggest roster of any game in the series.

With a much-criticized history of failing to support the competitive Smash scene, it appeared as though Nintendo was looking to right their wrongs and help bolster tournaments around the world throughout much of 2020. 

As one of the first landmark events of the year draws near however, Smash Ultimate players have been left in a state of shock upon discovering the prize pool for this year’s EVO competition. 

Outlined on the official EVO Japan site, the first place prize for Smash competitors is a Nintendo Switch Pro controller with a “gold smash mark.”

EVO Japan 2020 prize pools
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The prize pools for EVO Japan 2020 in full.

No further winnings were included for second or even third place finalists, meaning that the Smash segment of EVO Japan is truly all or nothing.

Comparatively, all other fighting games on display are set to receive a healthy sum of cash, helping compensate the top competitors who may be flying out for the event. 

Street Fighter V and Tekken 7 top the pack with equivalent prizes of roughly $9,000 USD for those who finish in first place. Additionally, anyone finishing inside the top eight for either scene is set to receive upwards of $500. 

Reacting to the news, countless Smash fans expressed their frustration at the prizing. Popular content creator Andrew Nestico couldn’t believe the announcement. “Are you kidding me,” he questioned, venting his disbelief online.

It is worth noting however, that the translated versions appear differently. The English outline highlights the Switch Pro controller, while the Japanese version indicates that “prizes for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will be announced later.”

There’s no telling how the final version of the prize pools will appear, but with only three days left until the action kicks off at EVO Japan 2020, there is little room for adjustments to be implemented. 

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Smash insider’s claims Nintendo allegedly sabotaged esports goes viral

Published: 24/Nov/2020 17:47 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 19:43

by Michael Gwilliam

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A detailed report from a supposed Smash Bros insider has gone viral for indicating how Nintendo has been allegedly trying to destroy the game’s esports scene for many years.

Nintendo has created a recent rift with its player base after the company hit The Big House, an online tournament, with a cease and desist order for playing on a modded version of Melee that used Slippi. Slippi is a tool that gives Melee seamless online play in 2020.

Following the cease and desist, many pros have blasted Nintendo, with some, such as Team Liquid’s Juan ‘Hungrybox’ Debiedma calling on the community to fight back against the Japanese gaming juggernaut.

Now, a Twitter account simply named “AnonymousSmasher” has gone viral for posting a massive account of all the ways Nintendo has reportedly hurt the game in the past.

The TwitLonger, titled “How Nintendo Has Hurt the Smash Community,” was reportedly written months prior to The Big House’s cancelation, but was released anonymously for “obvious reasons.”

“To begin, I want to state that I am not a journalist. What I’m writing below is directly from what I’ve been told by the individuals who work at these companies or are deeply familiar with the business dealings of these companies by the nature of their position in esports,” the author warned to begin the piece.

Following this, the individual went into detail about how third-parties such as Eleague, ESL and MLG have attempted to work with Nintendo, but the company was near impossible to work with being slow to respond or asking outrageous licensing fees.

The Super Smash Bros Melee roster
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Melee has had its share of growing pains as an esport.

According to the insider, Twitch “had been in negotiations with Nintendo to run a sanctioned circuit for Smash, including Smash 4 and Melee, starting around 2015.”

The insider then claims that Twitch was fronting the costs which would have had a budget in the millions. “During this time, it’d seem like Twitch was always close, only to have conversations left without a response from Nintendo for months, thus delaying the process,” the insider revealed.

“Eventually, around early 2018, after 3 years of man-hours and efforts to appease Nintendo, the parties came to an agreement. This wasn’t just a verbal agreement, or an agreement made in good faith. It was a written contractual agreement meant to kick off the circuit for both Melee and Smash 4,” they further added.

Unfortunately, it all came crashing down. “Unbeknownst to anyone, Nintendo had plans to announce Smash Ultimate in 2018. Nintendo began ghosting those working at Twitch, even after the agreement was made. Then, once Ultimate was announced, Nintendo came back to Twitch and effectively stated that the circuit no longer made sense with Ultimate in sight.”

The report has since been shared by prolific members of the community such as William ‘Leffen’ Hjelte who remarked, “I hope that one day we can #SaveSmash and its scene from Nintendo.”

Smash God Adam ‘Armada’ Lindgren seemed to confirm that a lot in the report was true. “I understand if people might be skeptical but believe me when I say that this is very accurate,” he said.

Of course take anything the anonymous poster says with a grain of salt. Without sources, their claims can’t be verified. However, it’s interesting that several prominent members of  the scene are backing it up. With the Smash community in an uproar, only time will tell if Nintendo finally backs down or if they dig their heels in continue to create a divide between them and the fandom.