Nintendo was at the center of a debacle last year when it denied permission to Evo Championship Series tournament organizers to broadcast Super Smash Bros. Melee for its annual event. The move was particularly galling to many, since the game's fans had raised over $90,000 for charity to bring it to Evo. This year, all parties aimed to avoid such ugliness and, after a brief round of negotiations, Super Smash Bros. Melee will make its return to Evo this July.
"The fact that Super Smash Bros. Melee is being used to help determine champion status for competitive gamers so many years after it was released is a testament to the strong fan passion for both this individual game and the Super Smash Bros. franchise overall," a Nintendo representative told Polygon. "Nintendo is happy to work with both Evo and Major League Gaming to help make their tournaments come to life using the game, and we hope it helps make their events enjoyable for video game fans everywhere."
Last year's Melee grand finals broke an all-time viewership record on Twitch, hitting well over 100,000 concurrent viewers. Such positive publicity for the series could mean a lot to Nintendo, given that a new installment of Smash Bros. is headed to Wii U and 3DS later this year.
To see what the hype was about, check out last year's Top 8 below.