Low Tide City apparently got the call they weren’t hoping for
Nintendo appears to be solidifying its stance that they aren’t exactly open to the idea of official events running modded versions of their most popular series.
The tournament organizers of Low Tide City announced today they were reportedly contacted by the House of N, which led to the cancelation of brackets for multiple Super Smash Bros. mods. This is the second time in less than a month that almost the exact same situation has occurred.
“Yesterday, we were contacted by Nintendo regarding Project+, Beyond Melee, and 64 Remix at Low Tide City,” wrote LTC Esports on Twitter. “Unfortunately, as a result of that conversation, we are removing these events from LTC.
We understand how difficult this is for these communities, and we will soon be contacting all players registered for these events with further information regarding refunds.”
— LTC Esports (@LTCesports) September 14, 2021
Project+, a mod built on the popular Project M for Super Smash Bros. Brawl, is the same title that was targeted late last month when Riptide announced they’d be removing their brackets from the offline major.
Beyond Melee is a fan project that adds additional characters like Skull Kid, Wolf, Raichu, Shadow Mewtwo and others to the roster of Super Smash Bros Melee while 64 Remix is much the same for the original Smash title.
The creators of Mario and the Legend of Zelda have a fairly expansive history of going after unofficial versions of their video games and Smash fans are probably getting quite familiar with that by this point.
In 2020, Nintendo faced backlash when The Big House was slapped with a cease and desist for their intention to run an online Melee event using the Slippi rollback mod.
Much of the company’s issues in the matter likely boils down to the fact that money is involved with tournament entrance fees and prize pools, which is often times the biggest no-no for unofficial mods and fan games.
While it does stink that the nearly 1,500 attendees of Low Tide City were only given a few weeks notice of the cancelation, it’s probably time for larger TOs to start avoiding things like Project+ in an official capacity since it doesn’t seem those in charge are planning to take a step back on the matter.
Nintendo’s approach to eSports and tournaments using their games certainly isn’t still seen as ideal for most, but at least there has been some changes on that front with big circuits like the Smash World Tour being allowed to exist for the first time.
Low Tide City is planned to take place October 1–3 in Round Rock, Texas featuring Smash Ultimate, Melee, Guilty Gear Strive, Tekken 7, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Street Fighter 5 and Mortal Kombat 11.