Nintendo fans of the competitive scene will be sad to know that the Smash World Tour Championships and the entirety of the 2023 Smash World Tour have been canceled. Read on below for excerpts from the official statement pushed out by Smash World Tour organizers:
Nintendo originally communicated that their goals were to make both community and commercial licensing accessible and transparent in regards to requirements (like many other game publishers), and to not function as a deterrent to tournament organizers. They also made it clear that their goal was to not shut anything down unless violations were made against IP utilizing game modifications and things of that nature.
Now it has reverted back to being very secretive, with no clear guidelines, and a willingness to abruptly shut down community efforts even after giving many indications that would not happen.
To close, we ask that Nintendo reconsiders how it is currently proceeding with their relationship with the Smash community, as well as its partners. We are always open to continuing the conversation, and we hope we can be a part of the solution.