Evo, which began in 1996 as a Street Fighter tournament has grown in popularity over the years, due in large part to the successful additions of Mortal Kombat, Tekken, and Super Smash Bros. to the event. Unfortunately, following PlayStation’s purchase of the Evo tournament last March, Super Smash Bros. will not appear at this year’s event.
Held in Las Vegas, Nevada, the yearly Evo tournament draws a multinational crowd of competitors and spectators. The esports event sees players test their skills in the industry’s most popular fighting games, with the lineup of titles evolving every year to include modern releases. The Super Smash Bros. franchise has long been a staple of Evo, with most esports athletes gravitating towards Melee, Brawl, or Ultimate.
In the past, Nintendo has been reluctant to allow the inclusion of Smash Bros., with the entertainment juggernaut ordering a cease and desist at the 2013 tournament. PlayStation’s purchase of Evo last year made Smash Bros. still being hosted at the Evo tournament unlikely, with Nintendo assessing the situation at the time.
It has now been officially confirmed by Evo (via Twitter) that Super Smash Bros. titles will not appear at Evo 2022. The announcement reveals that Nintendo has chosen to remove its beloved crossover fighting game series from the event, though Evo suggests that the beloved titles could return for future tournaments. While it is not specified why Nintendo has pulled Smash Bros. from the event, it seems likely that PlayStation’s acquisition is to blame.
This year’s Evo tournament will be held in August in Las Vegas, with an announcement show coming to Twitch on March 8th.
(All information was provided by Screen Rant)