Nintendo of America blocks Smash Bros from Evo 2013 stream [Update: reversed!]

By Andrew Yoon, Jul 09, 2013 3:30pm PDT

Update: In what is becoming a trend in the industry, Nintendo of America has reversed its position. After fan uproar quickly spread online, Nintendo will now allow Smash to stream on Evo.

The original story follows.

Nintendo's war on its fans continues. Nintendo of America has notified competitive fighting site Shoryuken that they do not have permission to broadcast Super Smash Bros Melee for its upcoming Evo 2013 tournament. On the stream, the game will be replaced by a mix of Persona 4 Arena and King of Fighters 13 as a result.

Nintendo's decision to block Smash Bros from the Evo stream echoes another decision made earlier this year, which prevented creators of Let's Play style videos from monetizing their content. Nintendo defended their action at the time saying that their policy will "ensure Nintendo content is shared across social media channels in an appropriate and safe way."

With a new Smash Bros game coming for Wii U and 3DS, one would think Nintendo would not only appreciate any added coverage of the franchise, but would want to actively support their fan community--the same group of people that voted for Smash Bros' appearance in Evo to begin with.

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