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Nintendo wants to keep the Smash Bros. tournament scene at a grassroots level

Coming from Reggie Fils-Aime...

“I love passionate Smash fans.

We’ve been in this social competitive space for a long time. Smash Bros. Melee has been a mainstay in the competitive gaming space for a long time. What we’re doing—and our take on his space is we want to encourage the community. We want to enable them to put on tournaments and to have fun and for the players themselves to participate in these types of situations. That’s our view of this space.

I will say this. Five, six, seven years ago, as we engaged with our developers and talked to them about Smash Bros. and what was happening, there was not a lot of understanding about this space. And it’s been people like [Nintendo of America’s] Bill Trinen and JC Rodrigo and all of these folks who understand the space that have helped us educate our company and educate our developers around the benefits of engaging with the community and empowering and enabling this to happen. It was with the most recent Smash Bros. that we’ve done more tournaments and we’re supporting both the Melee community as well as the Smash Bros. Wii U community and they’re both vibrant and are continuing to grow.

It’s community-oriented. It’s enabling the community to drive it forward. We have relationships, obviously, with entities like Evo and Battlefly. We want to do this much more at a grassroots level than others’ visions around leagues and big up-front payments and things of that nature.”

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mars
Fri Jun 16 17 05:37pm
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In other words: "Keep playing our game competitively and give us PR, but don't expect us to give you huge prizes."

shu
Fri Jun 16 17 06:08pm
Rating: 2

That's fine, with the culture bred by a lot of that community and its pros, I wouldn't want to see more official involvement anyway. Seems like there was always some new scandal or negative story coming out about harrassment or drama.

I mean, imagine seeing this kind of video linked to an official Nintendo event. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhsOW-_TwfU (it's a rap diss track aimed from one pro player to another leading up to Apex 2015)

tetrodox
Fri Jun 16 17 08:00pm
Rating: 1

Yeah, itd be best to keep the FGC at arms length, especially when it comes to Smash (where the same 2 or 3 people win, lol)

I mean, I'm all right with this. Even just a retweet to get the word out (like they just did for CEO 2017, and even mentioning Melee by NAME this time, haha) is enough for me.

Maybe we won't get Nintendo-hosted tournaments in the near future, but the acknowledgment is there. I'm glad people like Bill and JC have stuck their foot a little further into the community, and people like D1 (and NAKAT now, iirc) have a healthy relationship with them.

Right now, from a marketing standpoint, Nintendo doesn't need to do anything with Smash. I understand why they're going so hard with ARMS and Splatoon 2, and I guess now Pokken. If Smash comes out for Switch, that's when they can do the Invitationals and whatnot, even if it's just for one event. It's part of the marketing.

But yeah, right now, I'm okay with what Reggie's saying.

I mean, I guess it's an improvement compared to the attempted assassination of the whole competitive scene...

I would have rather they announced a new one for Switch instead. I don't care if they don't have footage or visuals for it yet, it would still be nice to be known if one is coming, and if we'd expect to see it real soon, or give it a few years.

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