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EVO viewership record broken by Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Published: 5/Aug/2019 8:20 Updated: 5/Aug/2019 9:03

by Matt Porter


Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has set a new viewership record at this weekend’s EVO 2019 tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada, setting the record for highest peak viewership for any game at an EVO event.

The latest installment in Nintendo’s legendary franchise made its debut appearance at an EVO tournament following its December 2018 release date, and shocked many when it was announced as the game that would close out the tournament’s final day.

It turned out to be a shrewd move from the event’s organizers, with the final match between Gavin ‘Tweek’ Dempsey and Leonardo ‘MkLeo’ Lopez Perez drawing in over 200,000 people to the stream.

Robert Paul / CEOMkLeo’s final against Tweek headlined EVO 2019’s last day.

As revealed by esports consultant Rod ‘Slasher’ Breslau, during the grand finals over 279,000 people were watching a stream of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, setting a new record for a fighting game at EVO competition in its first competitive outing at the legendary fighting game tournament.

The game sat at the top of Twitch for much of the finals, above popular games like Fortnite and League of Legends which usually dominate the popular streaming platform.

While this was an impressive feat, Dragon Ball Fighter Z still holds the record for most viewers of the main EVO stream at 258,000, but thanks to other streams from the tournament and broadcasts in other languages, Smash Ultimate now holds the overall game peak.

What makes this accomplishment even more impressive is the fact that some members of the fighting game community criticized the decision to have Smash Ultimate close out the weekend, claiming it didn’t deserve to be there and would lower the viewership numbers rather than boost them.

That wasn’t the case though, with one fan even admitting that while he was one of the people who thought the decision was wrong, he was “shocked and awed” by the support shown by the game’s fanbase for the finals.

MkLeo, who represents Echo Fox, eventually won the tournament, coming from the losers bracket to reset the series against TSM’s Tweek, before sweeping him in the second best-of-three to claim the victory.

The win means MkLeo walked away with the tournament’s grand prize of $21,180.


How to get physical Smash Ultimate fighter invitations with My Nintendo

Published: 14/Jan/2021 20:29

by Michael Gwilliam


Smash Ultimate fans wanting to send an iconic invitation to a friend or family member can now get their chance as physical envelopes can now be shipped through My Nintendo.

A common motif in Smash is characters receiving an “invitation” with the game’s logo to indicate they had been chosen to join the star-studded fighting game.

This has been seen in many DLC fighter announcements such as Terry Bogard’s and Min Min’s trailers where multiple characters fight over the invitation with whoever receives it being added to the roster.

As such, the invitations have become an iconic piece of Smash and video game history, which is saying a lot considering they’re just pieces of paper.

Joker holds smash invitation
The Smash invitation has become a series icon.

Be that as it may, fans can now earn these invitations through My Nintendo for 400 Platinum Points. Each set contains three white, green and blue cards, envelopes and stickers with the Smash logo.

In order to get the invitations, you’ll have to follow these steps:

1) Sign in to your Nintendo Account.
2) Redeem your Platinum Points for the item you’d like to get. You will receive a promo code.
3) Select “Access Now” to visit store.nintendo.com.
4) Select “Add to cart.”
5) Enter the code that you received in the pop-up.
6) Complete your transaction and your item will be shipped to you!

physical smash ultimate cards
The cards come in white, blue and green.

Keep in mind, however, that this is a limited-time item so be sure to grab it while you can. Interestingly, the reward code will expire on March 8, 2021.

The expiry is note-worthy as it could be yet another sign pointing towards the release of DLC fighter 9. As Dexerto has previously reported, there are plenty of indicators so far suggesting that the next character will be released in March.

The next wave of amiibo consisting of Byletyh, Terry and Banjo is scheduled for March and in the past, all amiibo releases have coincided with a DLC fighter reveal.

Fighters Pass Volume 2 spots
Who could the final three fighters be?

March is also when the Tales Of Festival will begin, and signs have pointed to a Tales of Symphonia representative potentially being the next DLC fighter, so this is just one other thing to keep in mind.

In any case, be sure to pick up your own Smash invitations so you can invite whoever you want to the game while you still can.