Nintendo just shut down the Smash World Tour

The surprise cease and desist by the Japanese video game manufacturer blindsided tournament organizers who were expecting the circuit to go on.

The organizers of the Smash World Tour have confirmed that they has canceled this year's championship tournament, as well as next year's series of events, after receiving a cease and desist notice from Nintendo.

Nintend Shut Down Smash World Tour
Because it doesn't have an official license from Nintendo, the Smash World Tour will no longer be allowed to operate.

Here's an excerpt of what the organizers wrote in a Medium post:

It is with an unbelievably heavy heart that we must announce that both the upcoming Smash World Tour Championships, as well as the 2023 Smash World Tour must be canceled.

Without any warning, we received notice the night before Thanksgiving from Nintendo that we could no longer operate. This was especially shocking given our discourse with Nintendo the past twelve months. Since then, we have been working around the clock to take the proper steps logistically, as well as to prepare this statement with proper legal guidance.

The Smash World Tour is a competitive circuit composed of over 6,400 global live events with hundreds of thousands of audiences in attendance. Prior to the cancelation, the pot for this year's championship, $250,000, would' have set a new record for competitive Smash Bros.

Nintend Shut Down Smash World Tour
The situation surrounding the cancellation of the Smash World Tour is rather messy and downright heartbreaking for those involved in the scene.

Nintendo has had a long and contentious history with third-party events and tournaments that use Super Smash Bros. However, the Smash World Tour surprisingly met with minimal issues in its first run last year. The organizers expected things to go just as smoothly this year as well, as it had moved from online tournaments to an offline setting. Unfortunately, this was not the case. But, in a statement sent to IGN, Nintendo clarified that it "did not request any changes to or cancellation of remaining events in 2022", adding that the company thought of the "negative impact on the players who were already planning to participate."

The organizers disputed this in their aforementioned blog, saying that they received a notice, in writing, saying otherwise.

Either way, the Smash World Tour organizers will take the brunt of the financial loss due to the cancelation. Despite this unlikely turn of events, the organizers promise to refund all of the attendees.

Speaking of Super Smash Bros., Nintendo pulled the game from the EVO 2022 lineup. It's worth noting that Sony acquired EVO last year.

Ray Ampoloquio
Ray is a lifelong gamer with a nose for keeping up with the latest news in and out of the gaming industry. When he's not reading, writing, editing, and playing video games, he builds and repairs computers in his spare time. You can find Ray on Twitter.
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