In November, the Super Smash Bros. online tournament was canceled due to the withdrawal from Nintendo. Nintendo had a problem using the “Slippi” mod to play “Super Smash Bros. Smash Bros. Melee” in tournaments. It will never be re-released in 2001-online. Now, the controversy over that decision spilled over into the highly competitive Splatoon 2 scene.
Nintendo was touting the next Splatoon 2 North American Open for the weekend of December 5th-7th On Twitter channel, And a promising live stream. But that day, the stream was canceled and Discord’s announcement (screenshot in this Reddit thread) didn’t provide much detail about what was happening.
But fans and players are confident they know what happened. As commentator Slimy points out, about 30% of contest players used something like “Free Melee” as their username. It’s unconfirmed, but Nintendo may have canceled the live stream for this reason.
That’s why the Splatoon community supports the smash community, with 30% of Spl2 NA Open’s top teams this weekend having team names that support proximity and smash.
So what do you do @NintendoAmerica @NintendoVS Do you want to respond?
They canceled tomorrow’s final live stream.
— Slimy (@SlimyQuagsire) December 5, 2020
As a result, “# FreeSplatoon” has become a trend on Twitter.
Nintendo’s track record in esports and tournaments isn’t the best-Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the best-selling fighting game in history, has been removed from the EVO online lineup as Switch’s online infrastructure after physical events have been cancelled. It is believed that it is not enough to support a professional fighting tournament. EVO Online will eventually be canceled due to allegations of sexual misconduct.
It remains to be seen if Nintendo will handle recognition among professional players in the future with its own system.