Update #2 [Tue 6th Dec, 2022 04:05 GMT]: Panda Global has now released its own statement revealing that Alan Bunney is no longer CEO. The Panda’s Cup final was also postponed due to safety concerns for employees and contractors. You can see the full explanation below:
To update [Fri 2nd Dec, 2022 11:30 GMT]: We heard earlier this week that the unofficial Smash Bros. Championships and upcoming tours would be canceled effective immediately after receiving a cease and desist letter from Nintendo.
This was expected to cost the tournament a ton of money in cancellation fees, and it seemed like something of a reversal for the brand that had previously operated on Nintendo’s licenses on good terms.
Today in a statement to IGN, Nintendo has offered an explanation as to why it decided to withdraw SWT’s license and end the event. While the statement refers to Nintendo’s “Rating of [SWT’s] unlicensed activities,” it also states that this was not a last-minute decision, and claims to have previously informed the organizers of the license revocation.
Perhaps most importantly, the statement suggests that Nintendo never asked for the 2022 Championships to be discontinued, citing “the impact this would have on players.” Therefore, the statement said, “the decision to cancel SWT 2022 was and is her own decision.”
These claims can be found in the following excerpt:
Nintendo’s decision was based solely on our assessment of the proposals submitted by SWT and our assessment of their unlicensed activities. This decision was not influenced by external parties such as Panda Global. Any partner we license must meet the high standards we set for the health and safety of our fans. It is also important that a partner adheres to trademark and IP guidelines and behaves according to professional and organizational best practices. We use the same approach to independently score all partners. If we find that a partner is doing something inappropriate, we will work to correct it.
When we informed SWT that we would not be licensing their activities for 2022 or 2023, we also verbally informed them that we would not be asking them to cancel the 2022 finals due to the impact on players. The decision to cancel SWT 2022 was and is therefore her own decision.
Nintendo’s statement can be read about it in full IGNdetailing the company’s decision to continue working with the tournament’s official host, Panda Global, after SWT claimed to have previously been threatened by its CEO.
We will keep you all updated as soon as a further statement is made.
Original article [Wed 30th Nov, 2022 00:45 GMT]: The unofficial Super Smash Bros. Series ‘Smash World Tour’ has announced the cancellation of “both the upcoming Smash World Tour Championships” and the 2023 Tour. This event is best known for having the “largest prize pool in Smash history at over $250,000” and had a prize pool of “over $350,000” planned for next year.
After seemingly positive talks with Nintendo, Smash World Tour reportedly received a notice from the video game company that it “can no longer host” future events without an official license. The promoter goes on to claim that it will lose “hundreds and thousands of dollars due to Nintendo’s actions” but is “open to continuing the conversation.”
“Without warning, the night before Thanksgiving, Nintendo informed us that we could no longer work. This was particularly shocking given our discourse with Nintendo over the past 12 months. Since then, we’ve worked around the clock to take the right steps, logistically, as well as to create this statement with proper legal guidance.”
“…last Wednesday evening (November 23rd) we had our last call with Nintendo. Our Nintendo representative opened up to us by telling us that he is being asked to deliver the news that Nintendo expects that in the future we will only operate under a commercial license and that we are not responsible for the upcoming championships or activities in the would receive in 2023. We have also received this in writing.”
“…It felt like Nintendo just didn’t want the Smash World Tour to continue.
In the same statement, Smash World Tour detailed its history with Panda Global (the officially licensed host of the Smash tournament) and how Panda’s CEO (who was “under review” by Nintendo) allegedly told other organizers that SWT was “closed.” while threatening the same events with shutdowns if they don’t “participate in the Panda Cup”.
You can read the detailed explanation of Smash World Tour at the following link: