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Submitted by MakiManPR 938d ago | article

Why Nintendo can legally shut down any Smash Bros. tournament it wants

After some off-again, on-again drama over the past few days, it looks as if Nintendo is going to allow organizers to stream footage of the Super Smash Bros. portion of this weekend's Vegas EVO fighting game tournament over the Internet to worldwide spectators. But an interesting wrinkle was added to the story yesterday when EVO co-organizer Joey "MrWizard" Cuellar revealed in an interview with OneMoreGameTV that Nintendo initially wanted to prevent Smash Bros. from being played at the tournament altogether. (3DS, Nintendo DS, Super Smash Bros., Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Wii, Wii U)

Soldierone  +   938d ago
They want money, don't give it to them and get too big of an audience and too much money, then they will see that and shut it down. It's their product, why should anyone profit off it?
360ICE  +   938d ago
Yeah, Nintendo are the worst sometimes.

I mean, these tournaments are essential for creating and maintaining a community, which helps promote the franchise.
But I'm sure Nintendo already knew that.

Also, it's super-duper fun. I thought Nintendo was all about fun.
busytoad  +   938d ago
Mortal kombat > smash bros's any day, only kids are into smash bro's.
hazelamy  +   938d ago
legally yes, they may be entitled to do that.

but it's not a good way of treating some of their most passionate fans.

these kinds of things, along with the youtube let's plays, are valuable promotional tools for nintendo if they had the sense to see them that way.

the best asset nintendo could have is a passionate fanbase.
but piss them off with actions like this and they could become their worst enemy.

if they go after the youtubers, they're not gonna make money off them, all that will happen is people will stop playing their games on youtube.

they get no money and the games don't get the promotion they would have.

it might be legal, but it's not smart.
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RFornillos4  +   938d ago
not everything that's supposed to be legal is smart.

what should have been "smart" was for their legal department to work hand-in-hand with PR, and thought about the consequences of their decision. but then again, they risked by making that decision, and when they felt the backlash, they reversed the decision -- that's good enough for me.
sentury111  +   938d ago
This is a law that needs to be changed. The people that are actually playing the game and creating new content through there play through should be the copyright holder.
RFornillos4  +   938d ago
whereas i don't agree with what Nintendo's legal department has done (when following the news, you will know this decision was made by Nintendo's legal department), i can understand why they did it; since legally, they can do it. this is no different when you see "warnings" in DVD's indicating that is against the law to exhibit or publicly show any movies without getting a license. the main difference is that, it is easier to get a license for movies to show publicly, whereas for videogames it's not.

the legal department of Nintendo was doing it's job -- you might say, not a very good job in terms of PR, but then again, they're not PR guys, so they don't really care about backlash. nevertheless, it's just great that the bad rep reached the higher-ups just in time for them to reverse their decision.

could have been worse, they could have waited a week or so before backpedaling *cough* Microsoft *cough*.
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