Nintendo will host a series of Super Smash Bros. tournaments. in 2022


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Those who begged Nintendo to do anything esports with Super Smash Bros. will have a little bit of their wish next year. The company announced today that it will work with Panda Global to produce a series of tournaments focused on both Melee and Ultimate, making it the very first officially licensed championship circuit in North America. There will be several dates in several places, and in addition, there will be prizes. Which is a big change from the unique BLU tournaments that Nintendo has held in the past at events like E3 where it was mostly for fun and bragging. What those dates are and what the prices will be are unknown at this point, as Panda will reveal this information at a later date.

2022 must be everyone on deck for Super Smash Bros. players, courtesy of Nintendo.

Considering how long players have been literally begging Nintendo to get involved and host an official tournament, this should be amazing news for everyone. The only reason top players complain and don’t participate at this point is if they don’t like the value of the prize. What if you don’t think Nintendo isn’t going to keep an eye on the situation and see how many of those players who’ve been pestering them for years are doing it? Smash Bros. esports are not participating or reviewing how this series works, you might want to think again. If they want Nintendo to continue to do official esports with the game after 2022, next year must be on the bridge of all of the United States to make it both competitive and successful. Something we talked about last year when explaining why Nintendo probably wouldn’t support esports for the series. We have more information on how the tournaments run below, as well as some quotes from both companies.

Finally, Nintendo will actually offer something to participate in SSB esports.  Courtesy of Nintendo.
Finally, Nintendo will actually donate something to participate in BLU esports. Courtesy of Nintendo.

Players from across the United States will compete online in qualifying rounds for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. In-person qualifications for both Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Super Smash Bros. Melee will also take place once full-scale events return, with virtual and in-person * qualifying round winners traveling to compete in the Championship Grand Final. Players from Canada and Mexico will also be able to participate and compete, once Panda Global and Nintendo deem international travel and participation in in-person events permitted. Players will be able to keep abreast of the qualifiers in person * and the Grand Finals when they are announced on Panda.gg.

Nintendo will host a series of Super Smash Bros. tournaments.  in 2022
Credit: Nintendo

“This partnership with Panda Global is the next step in Nintendo’s efforts to create a more cohesive, fun and welcoming competitive environment for our players and fans,” said Bill trinen, senior director of product marketing at Nintendo of America. “We are proud to be alongside an organization like Panda Global to celebrate and support the ever-increasing competition Super Smash Bros. community and create a space where all players can test and hone their competitive skills. “

“One of our key missions at Panda Global is to serve our communities in new and exciting ways,” said Dr Alan Bunney, CEO of Panda Global. “By partnering with Nintendo, we are giving our competitors in North America the chance to compete in a Super Smash Bros. circuit for the first time. “

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