Panda Global former CEO releases extended statement refuting allegations

Former Panda Global CEO Dr. Alan Bunney's statement aims to dissect and address various claims and disputes about his handling of Panda Cup affairs.


Last week, the Super Smash Bros. community was rocked when Smash World Tour suddenly canceled its 2022 Finals, said 2023 events were in jeopardy, and put much of the blame on Panda Global for sabotage with its competing Panda Cup. Since then, further entities came out to corroborate the story, Panda Cup postponed its 2022 Finals as well, and its CEO, Dr. Alan Bunney, stepped down from the company. That’s not the end of it for Bunney, though. He just released an extremely long statement addressing and attempting to refute all allegations against him and his handling of Panda Cup affairs, as well as relations with Nintendo, Beyond the Summit, and the Smash World Tour organizers.

Dr. Bunney released his statement via Medium late on December 6, 2022. It takes aim at many of the allegations that have been lobbied against him and the Panda Global organization over the course of the last week. In his effort to refute claims against him, Bunney also makes some claims of his own against the Smash World Tour, Beyond the Summit, and Video Game Bootcamp.

Dr. Alan Bunney's statement claiming that the Smash World Tour was launched to fail on purpose.
According to former Panda Global CEO Dr. Alan Bunney, the Smash World Tour may have been launched to fail on purpose and either force success or gain support through being shut down.
Source: Medium

Specifically, Bunney makes the claim that Smash World Tour knowingly kicked off without a commercial license and that it was to create a situation where the organizers come out ahead no matter what.

Bunney strongly seems to imply that he believes the Smash World Tour was built purposely to fail to garner publicity and support.

He also goes on to speak to interactions with Beyond the Summit staff, claiming that he didn’t know who BTS co-founder David "LD" Gorman was “nor [does he] care.” Nonetheless, Dr. Bunney alleges that he tried on several occasions to speak with the group about broadcast rights to various large-scale Smash Bros. events. According to Bunney, he was met with “stonewalling” at every turn in the discussions.

Dr. Alan Bunney accuses former Beyond the Summit lead Ken Chen of sabotaging and threatening the Smash Bros. competitive scene.
In his address of Beyond the Summit, Dr. Alan Bunney specifically names Ken Chen as having been uncooperative in negotiations regarding broadcasting rights of Smash Bros. esports events.
Source: Medium

Dr. Bunney goes on to speak to further allegations such as that of strongarming and using Nintendo as a weapon in negotiations, all of which he refuted with selected screenshots of various conversations. Ultimately, Bunney claims that all of the allegations against him are lies perpetrated by bad actors in the Smash Bros. competitive scene.

Notable faces in the Smash community have looked over and picked at Dr. Bunney’s statement, including former BTS lead Ken Chen, who was called out as the person who stonewalled Bunney during negotiations. Chen posted extended screenshots he claims Bunney purposely cut off in his address of interactions with BTS. He also claims Gorman was there as part of the interactions in spite of Bunney claiming not to know the person. It's also of note that Panda Global itself shared in a statement that it acknowledged and regretted “an interaction between Dr. Alan and Beyond the Summit, in which he spoke in a manner that does not reflect either guidance from Nintendo or our own standards.”

Panda Global's original statement regarding the Smash World Tour 2022 Finals being canceled and allegations against Dr. Alan Bunney.
Despite Dr. Bunney's claims, Panda Global's original statement on the Smash World Tour 2022 Finals acknowledged possible wrongdoing by the former CEO.
Source: Twitter

While Dr. Alan Bunney’s statement on his actions with Panda Global, Smash World Tour, Panda Cup, Beyond the Summit, and Nintendo are extensive and seem to address all matters, there are arguably still holes in the statements made by Smash World Tour, Dr. Alan, Panda Global, and Nintendo. Nonetheless, Dr. Bunney is officially out as CEO of Panda Global and the Panda Cup and Smash World Tour Finals have been called off at this time. As we continue to follow this story for further information, stay tuned for more updates on the matter here at Shacknews.

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