Super Smash Bros Melee will return to Evo this year (with Nintendo's permission, too)

After a brief round of negotiations between Nintendo and tournament organizers, Super Smash Bros. Melee will return to this year's Evo Championship Series tournament, avoiding a repeat of last year's ugly confrontation.

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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.

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    March 12, 2014 1:30 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Super Smash Bros Melee will return to Evo this year (with Nintendo's permission, too).

    After a brief round of negotiations between Nintendo and tournament organizers, Super Smash Bros. Melee will return to this year's Evo Championship Series tournament, avoiding a repeat of last year's ugly confrontation.

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      March 12, 2014 1:50 PM

      Thanks Nintendo for letting people play a game they paid for, while giving you free advertising.

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        March 12, 2014 5:14 PM

        I can't imagine how people watching and enjoying your game would do anything to hurt your brand. The savvy thing would be to put it on Wii u virtual console and give organizers branded merchandise to give away. It's practically printing money.

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          March 13, 2014 9:20 AM

          Nintendo wants to be in control of the image of their brand.

          If Smash is perceived as a complicated competitive fighter, it may potentially hurt their appeal to the broad mass casual playerbase. There is also the factor that they are playing Smash Melee. People inspired by this tourney may also look at Brawl or the upcoming new Smash and say, "this isn't the one I'm looking for".

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            March 13, 2014 1:08 PM

            Tournament players make a game look easy to play. Watch two top tier fighters going at it on Street Fighter 3rd Strike and you're like "I can play this game at that level". The reality is that the game is way more complex and harder to get a handle on, and just doing a simple special move is difficult for a lot of people. However, you never see that.

            If you want the less random aspect of Melee, Brawl isn't what you're looking for, but there's no way having that exposer and positive energy of people playing a your game can be bad for you. If anything it get's people more hyped for the next to Smash games coming out.

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              March 13, 2014 5:05 PM

              Never said that this perspective is correct. Just stating how they see it and likely why.

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