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Upset parent complains to DreamHack about son’s Smash Bros. seeding

Published: 14/Nov/2019 18:06

by Michael Gwilliam

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It seems like not a single fighting game tournament goes by without someone complaining about seeding. Now, with DreamHack Atlanta fast approaching the Smash Bros Ultimate complaint metagame has shifted to parents moaning on behalf of their kids. 

Fighting game tournaments have seeds to keep things fair for all players. Lower-ranked players have to fight favorites early on because otherwise, the event would have pros knocking each other out incredibly early.

Having a higher rank means you face off against supposedly weaker opponents early on, resulting in a better chance to go far in the tournament and perhaps leave with a profit. While players usually are the ones complaining about their seeds, as DreamHack Fighting Game Director Alex Jebailey found out, parents are stepping up to the plate.

On November 13, two days before the start of the event, DreamHack director posted a screengrab of a message he got, supposedly from a parent concerned with their son’s seeding placement.

“Just wanted to see if the seeding had been completed?” the parent asked. “I would have thought that my son [redacted] would be better than he is?”

Jebailey couldn’t believe the message but noted that the whole seeding metagame has evolved with Smashers now complaining about seeding for them.

For his part, however, DreamHack did accommodate the enraged parent by changing the lad’s seeding, but only from 16th to 15th in his pool. “That should get the parent off my back!” he sarcastically noted.

This wasn’t the only complaint the tournament organizer had to deal with, however. In a follow-up tweet, he stressed that his “favorite part of being a TO” is getting messages from people who forgot to register for an event within 10 minutes of the registration window closing.

DreamHack Atlanta runs from November 15 to 17 with multiple fighting games, including Super Smash Bros Ultimate, Super Smash Bros Melee, Mortal Kombat 11, Tekken 7, and Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition.

Smash, in particular, is stacked with an all-star field consisting of Samsora, Tweek, Marss, Esam, and Light. Additionally, the game’s newest fighter, Terry Bogard, will be tournament legal. It will be fun to see if any competitor utilizes the new character who is already considered to be at least A-tier so early on into his optimization.

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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.