This weekend, Nintendo held its own Splatoon 2 North American Open. Although a live broadcast was scheduled for the final, it was canceled due to “unexpected execution challenges”.
There were no more details, however some fans seem to think they may know what ‘s going on …
The announcement for the Smash Bros. subtitle highlights how a number of teams at the event had hashtags and #FreeMelee names. All of this stems from the unrest last month when the longest-running Super Smash Bros. tournament in the United States, the Big House, was suspended and canceled by Nintendo.
As you may recall, the question Nintendo had with this particular event was the fact that this year’s tournament required “illegally copied versions” of Super Smash Bros Mele and will also use Slippi Online – a return of the net code that allows players to post it online.
This allegedly moved to the Splaton competition scene, as illustrated in the tweets below:
The same Twitter user goes on to say that the community is clearly not “surprised” by this:
“To be clear, this is a call from Nintendo, none of the TOs or broadcasters who reported it over the weekend. This is damage control and complete spitting in the face of all their dedicated racing scenes. But we’re not surprised.”
Keep in mind that for now, all this is just speculation. What do you do with all this, though? Leave a comment below and to learn more about the #FreeMelee and #SaveSmash movement, see our previous post.