The Big House, one of Smash Melee’s longest-running and most notable esports tournaments, received a request from Nintendo requesting that both the Ultimate and Melee event be canceled.
The Big House Online Smash 2020
Usually held as an in-person event, this event needed to move online because of the global pandemic. But in order to use Super Smash Bros. Melee online, tournament organizers needed to use unique software. TBHO planned to use Slippi with a Melee ROM in order to enable online play for the game. The problem is that the ROM and Slippi are not authorized by Nintendo, making this pirated practice.
Nintendo sent a cease and desist order because the company doesn’t allow its software to be used like this. The threat of legal action against The Big House Online 2020 forced the tournament to close down this year. Although the event was scheduled for December 4 and December 6, it will be canceled until next year’s event.
Nintendo Cancels Melee Esports
Due to Nintendo’s cease and desist order, The Big House Online must cancel its event. This isn’t the first time Nintendo has not helped the Smash esports scene either. Fans and tournament organizers constantly complain that there isn’t enough funding in the scene. This is because Nintendo generally does not directly sponsor or host any Smash tournaments. Unfortunately, this also sends the message that Nintendo does not support Smash Melee esports.
Last year’s The Big House 9 tournament saw lots of success in the Smash Melee scene. It brought strong participants like Juan “Hungrybox” DeBiedma, William “Leffen” Hjelte, and many more. Fans are disappointed to see The Big House Online 2020 canceled but understand there’s nothing that can be done. Small Smash Melee tournament organizers already struggle with funding and can’t risk a legal battle with Nintendo. For now, TBHO will issue refunds to all participants and attendees.
Written by Justin Amin
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