Three potential reasons for the split
BoldBoldA few days back, the team behind the Evolution Championship Series, more commonly referred to as Evo, revealed that Nintendo had blocked Smash Bros. from being a playable title at the upcoming Evo 2022 event in Las Vegas, Nevada. Smash Bros. is an absolutely HUGE part of the Evo scene, and thousands were disappointed to learn of Nintendo’s decision. While Nintendo hasn’t commented on why they pulled Evo support, some speculation from two excellent sources may provide clues.
Kit Ellis and Krysta Yang, former Nintendo employees/hosts of Nintendo Minute, have since moved on to host their own Kit & Krysta Podcast. While the duo might not have the most up-to-date info on Nintendo’s latest moves, their combined 30 years spent working at Nintendo certainly gives them a level of insight we don’t usually get.
In a recent episode of the Kit & Krysta Podcast, the duo was asked about Nintendo’s Evo decision. Again, Kit and Krysta haven’t received any official word from Nintendo as to why the decision was made, but they’re more than willing to take some educated guesses.
According to the pair, Nintendo’s potential reasons for ditching Evo are threefold. First, Sony purchased the rights to the Evo brand not too long ago, which Nintendo might view as a conflict of interest, and a relationship they’re not willing to foster. Second, the fan-run competitive Smash scene has been embroiled in a number of high-profile scandals over the years, and Nintendo no doubt wants to steer clear of them. Third, Nintendo has already announced plans for a Smash Bros. tournament through a partnership with Panda Global.
It’s unlikely Nintendo will ever share a full, detailed statement on why they’re no longer partnering with Evo, but with insider knowledge from the likes of Kit and Krysta, we at least have some potential answers.