Updated: The unofficial Super Smash Bros. series ‘Smash World Tour’ has announced the cancellation of “both the upcoming Smash World Tour Championships” as well as the 2023 tour. This event is best-known for having the “largest prize pool in Smash history at over $250,000” and was planned to have a prize pool of “over $350,000” next year.
After seemingly positive talks with Nintendo, Smash World Tour allegedly received notice from the video game company that it could “no longer operate” future events without an official license. The event organizer goes on to claim it will lose “hundreds and thousands of dollars due to Nintendo’s actions” but is “open to continuing the conversation”.
“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.”
“…last Wednesday evening (November 23rd), we had our most recent call with Nintendo. Our Nintendo rep opened by letting us know that they are being asked to deliver the news that going forward, Nintendo expects us to only operate with a commercial license, and that we would not be granted one for the upcoming Championships, or any activity in 2023. We received this in writing as well.”
“…It felt as though Nintendo simply did not want the Smash World Tour to continue to exist. At this point, we now felt we had been strung along this entire time.”
In the same statement, Smash World Tour detailed its history with Panda Global (the officially licensed Smash tournament host) and how Panda’s CEO (who was “under evaluation” by Nintendo) allegedly told other organizers about SWT “getting shut down” while threatening these same events with shut downs if they didn’t “join Panda Cup”.
You can read Smash World Tour’s lengthy statement in the link below: