Smash Bros. Pro Asks Nintendo to Commit to Esports | Kotaku UK
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One of the Super Smash Bros.community’s most prominent players has called on Nintendo to put more resources into its competitive scene.Speaking after his victory at Smash Summit 9, Juan ‘Hungrybox’ DeBiedma asked the publisher to provide the community with more support.
In an open address, DeBiedma asked Nintendo “to just give [Super Smash Bros.] Melee a chance.Even if it’s just Ultimate, support the Ultimate scene, support the Smash scene in general.” Referencing the fighting game series’ vibrant community, he said that “we do it all grassroots.”
“Nintendo, I need to say, I love you guys but you are the only one[s] not putting resources into the scene.” Referencing the way in which companies like Capcom and Epic have turned esports tournaments into full-fledged fan celebrations, DeBiedma said that “this is the step that you’re missing.If you did that, the appreciation you guys would receive would be, bar none, unlike anything you’ve ever received.”
The Smash community’s esports scene is relatively well-established, but while tournaments have been taking place for nearly 20 years, Nintendo has regularly taken a back seat, with game director Masahiro Sakurai expressing concern at the skill gap between professional and casual players.Tags: .