Nintendo Is Sending Four Smash Bros Ultimate Players To Evo 2019

TJ Denzer,

July 29, 2019 10:03 AM

After clearing all opponents in an online qualifier, four players will be going to Evo 2019 to compete in Smash Bros Ultimate on Nintendo's dime!

2019 is a year of changes in a lot of ways. There was a time when Nintendo was not only hesitant to embrace the competitive spirit of their games, but even tried to curtail them back in 2013 when they almost had Super Smash Bros Melee removed from EVO. In 2019, Nintendo has been taking more chances on letting players play and even supporting them. In addition to having a booth at Evo 2019, Nintendo is sending four Super Smash Bros Ultimate players to the event.

The news was announced on July 29, 2019 via press release. Throughout 2019, Nintendo has hosted various invitationals and online competitions in Super Smash Bros Ultimate, and the recent Super Smash Bros Ultimate Online Open June 2019 tournament gave players the opportunity to win a trip to EVO to compete. At the end of the gauntlet, it was players RamonM64, Wisdom, Seth and Heeew who overcame the competition and scored the prize. They’ll be heading to Evo 2019 where they’ll be up against a field of 3,492 competitors, the most entered game at Evo 2019 by far.

Among DLC like the upcoming Dragon Quest heroes and various tournaments, Nintendo has arguably put more effort into support of Smash Ultimate than any previous competitive Nintendo title.
Among DLC like the upcoming Dragon Quest heroes and various tournaments, Nintendo has arguably put more effort into support of Smash Ultimate than any previous competitive Nintendo title.

In addition to giving its June Smash tournament winners a chance to compete with the best of them in Vegas, Nintendo is also expanding its presence at Evo this year. Where they always have quite a bit of presence (Smash Ultimate was demoed at the Nintendo booth in 2018), Nintendo is hosting a “Nintendo Zone” at 2019, where Evo 2019 attendees can play around on Smash Ultimate, as well as other popular competitive titles on the Switch like Super Mario Maker 2 and Tetris 99.

Where at one time, Nintendo bucked against the idea of supporting the passionate competitive community behind its games, it’s good to see them come up with ways to support it in 2019. With the E3 Smash and Splatoon 2 World Championships and Super Mario Maker 2 Invitational behind us, it was hard to expect more. That said, maybe we can continue to hope that Nintendo sees value in the players who love to compete in their games and continue to offer support and opportunities like this to the fans.



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