YouTuber Ludwig further details his legal spat with Nintendo due to a self-hosted Smash Bros. tournament
"Infringement of Intellectual Property"
Nintendo has been making the news this week for their recent changes to policies regarding content sharing in relation to tournaments and online videos. Of course, Nintendo has long had a history of going after creators for using their materials without permission in ways that they aren’t happy with. It’s been a source of frustration for YouTubers and streamers for years, and now one YouTuber who goes by Ludwig has shared his story of being directly sued by Nintendo.
Ludwig divulges his experience in detail in the above video. Apparently, he was sued by Nintendo a few months ago, but didn’t make it known until now. Ludwig received a cease and desist letter concerning a Smash Bros. tournament he had hosted. Nintendo originally warned him that he couldn’t modify the “Pokemon Stadium” stage as part of the tournament, to which he agreed. However, they apparently still took issue with other aspects of the event, resulting in the “notice of infringement” being sent.
In the video, Lugwig runs through some of the key points in Nintendo’s new conditions for tournaments, and speculates as to how they might affect future events. However, he does not reveal the specific points that resulted in his tournament being shut down. Is this the beginning of a lot more stress for creators hosting their own events? How much pushback will there be from the community? We’ll have to wait and see.