Nintendo Slammed For Its Stance On Super Smash Bros. At 2022 Streamer Awards
Nintendo’s stance on its participation in events
Such as EVO has been the subject of much conversation over the past few months. More recently, former Nintendo employees Keith and Krista have hypothesized about the possible reasons behind the company’s withdrawal from EVO 2022. Now streamer Super Smash Bros. Hungrybox named the company’s position with an acceptance speech on behalf of the winner of the “Best Streamer Smash Bros.” Mang0.
Hungrybox didn’t hold back either, lamenting Nintendo’s lack of esports activity, stating that Mang0 has done far more for the property than Nintendo itself has done over the past year: Like every other Smash event this year, Mang0 didn’t show up. But do you know what Mang0 did this year? He backed Smash Bros., not the flashiest game, not the biggest game, we don’t have a lot of money yet, but he did a lot more than some company called Nintendo.
However, he continued to express optimism about the upcoming Nintendo Championship:
I hope that this year with the track they are running, they will finally give us a chance that we have never had. Even though we’re not at Evo and not at many events, Smash is a beautiful game, it deserves to shine, and Mang0 showed us that this game can be the most beautiful game you’ve ever seen. seen in esports.
The track in question ties into a new partnership between Nintendo and esports team Panda Global to host the first officially licensed Super Smash Bros. championship. You can read the welcome speech for yourself at twitch. Needless to say, this isn’t great press for Nintendo, but hopefully, its official foray into the esports world will bring back some much-needed goodwill in the community.