Asmongold denies Nintendo’s “appalling” decision to cancel Smash World Tour

Published: 2022-11-30T22:54:12

Updated: 2022-11-30T22:54:12

Twitch streamer Asmongold slammed Nintendo for canceling the Smash World Tour just days before the finale and took aim at Panada Global’s CEO Alan Bunney for his alleged role.

Asmongold is the latest streamer to berate Nintendo for harming the Smash esports scene, explaining why the Japanese gaming company shouldn’t have a say when it comes to tournaments.

The Smash World Tour Finals would go on to become one of, if not the most legendary tournament of all time with international talent from Japan, Mexico, Europe and North America to crown a World Champion.

Just days before it could happen, Nintendo, who had a partnership with Panda Global, prevented the SWT Final from happening because the event was not officially licensed – something many tournaments don’t even require.

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Asmongold targets Nintendo and Panama for SWT shutdown

While watching YouTuber Ludwig’s explanation of the Panda, the Smash World Tour, and the Nintendo debacle, Asmongold shared his thoughts on the situation.

“If you make a game and release it to the public, people should be able to create a tournament and you shouldn’t have any control over it,” the streamer said. “There is a certain amount of freedom of choice that you lose. If you want something to go public and make money, you have to give up a little agency.

The Twitch star continued to point the finger Alan Bunney, CEO of Panda Globalwho is accused of threatening to shut down events if they did not join his circuit.

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Panda Global announced the ‘Panda Cup’ after the Smash World Tour, but unlike the VGBC event, Panda had a partnership with Nintendo, something Bunney reportedly used as leverage.

“This is reprehensible. This is appalling that this happened. I think the only person undeniably at fault is Alan from Panda Global beyond any doubt. It’s completely indefensible,” he snapped.

Asmongold theorized that Bunney could potentially ignore Smash World Tour talks with Nintendo of America if he had a connection to the Japanese branch.

So far, neither Panda nor the CEO have commented on the situation, but until then, Smash fans have plenty of reason to be frustrated.

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