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Nintendo Withdraws Super Smash Bros. From Evo 2022

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Nintendo has shockingly decided to withdraw Super Smash Bros. from the upcoming Evolution Championship Series in 2022. Also known as EVO for short, the tournament has featured Super Smash Bros. since 2007, but will sadly come to an end this year. This has come as a surprise to EVO fans as Super Smash Bros. is one of the tournament's biggest successors.

This move is most likely related to March of 2021 when Sony Interactive Entertainment and RTS became the newly established owners of the event. Shortly after the companies gained joint ownership, Nintendo followed up by saying it will assess EVO in the future.

Well, it appears after assessing, the company has decided to remove the game completely.

Another reason for this could be due to Nintendo announcing its own officially licensed Super Smash Bros. championship back in November of 2021. The game's new championship is set for a North American circuit, which I believe will flourish with support from their massive die-hard fanbase.


The tweet from EVO acknowledges the announcement show that takes place on March 8 at 5 pm PST, then drops the bomb about Super Smash Bros. next.

“Since 2007, we've seen historic Super Smash Bros. moments created at Evo's events. We are saddened that Nintendo has chosen not to continue that legacy with us this year.”

This is even tough to read, as it feels EVO has lost a bit of street-fighting history today. Despite the game leaving, the tournament must go on. The EVO tournament is still taking place this year in Las Vegas, through August 5-7.


So what do you think? Was this a smart move by Nintendo? Let us know in the comments below or down in our socials here.

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