Published on July 9th, 2013 | by Lucy Niess, Reviews Editor0
Super Smash Bros. Melee Not Streaming at EVO 2013 [UPDATE]
UPDATE: The live stream for Super Smash Bros. Melee is now back on the card. With the upcoming release of a new Smash Bros. title, there’s no wonder that it was given the green light.
Evolution Championship Series (or EVO for short) is starting this weekend, and the players are getting hyped up to compete in the biggest fighting game tournament of the year.
Competitors from all around the world will be gathering in Las Vegas at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino July 12-14, and yours truly will be covering the event.
A bit of shocking news has popped up regarding Super Smash Bros. Melee. According to Shoryuken, Nintendo Legal did not give permission to live stream the game for EVO 2013. The schedule was reworked so that the stream spot was filled with Persona 4 Arena and King of Fighters XIII. What makes this bit of news fascinating is that Super Smash Bros. Melee fought to get that spot against other fighting games, including Super Street Fighter II: Turbo and the ever-so-popular indie game, Skullgirls.
Back at the beginning of the year, EVO opened a Breast Cancer Charity donation drive for fans to donate towards in the hopes that the game it was donating for would be the eighth and final game. It was neck and neck between Melee and iSkullgirls, and at the end, Melee ended up winning and claiming that eighth spot for the streaming. Although there would still be a Skullgirls tournament, it will not be streaming for fans who not attending EVO like Melee was.
However, now Melee will not be streamed due to lack of permission, and Skullgirls has a position for the finals.
While it does suck that the Melee fans will not be able to see their game streaming, especially if they donated towards it, in my opinion Super Smash Bros. Melee is not all that interesting to watch anymore.
A game like UMVC3, where a player could lose in an instant because of one wrong move or a dropped combo, is fascinating due to its fast pace and “life-on-the-line” appeal. Super Street Fighter IV consists of a lot of head games and finding the right time to strike, which makes it interesting to watch. Even King of Fighters XIII where the combos don’t get too crazy like the others but the controls are hard as hell so pulling off anything is amazing to watch.
Melee seems to have a very niche following, and while it does not take a popular competitor to make a game worthy of being watched on the big screen, it does help.
Check out the streaming schedule below, and keep a look out for more EVO 2013 news.
UPDATE: July 9 schedule:
Source: EVO 2013 updated schedule