When Nintendo announced an official partnership with Panda Global earlier this month, longtime fans of Super Smash Bros. were excited about the prospect of Nintendo finally officially sponsoring a tournament circuit. The massively popular platform fighter has been one of the most recognizable fighting game series in the industry for several years with its competitive circuit built on the grassroots efforts of the community. Today, one of the biggest names in the streaming industry threw his hat on the Super Smash Bros. tournament scene.
Super Smash Bros. has been one of the most popular fighting games in the gaming world since the franchise’s debut with the Nintendo GameCube Super Smash Bros. Melee. While Nintendo rarely held officially sanctioned tournaments for gaming, organizations like GENESIS and The Big House among many other smaller tournaments have made the franchise a mainstay of the esports industry. With Nintendo announcing its involvement in the future of the competition Super Smash Bros. earlier this month, popular streamer Ludwig recently announced plans to host a Super Smash Bros. tournament.
In a recent interview after leaving Twitch for YouTube, Ludwig announced his intention to host “the biggest Smash tournament of all time “estimated to be over $ 1 million between the prize pool and the site’s costs. Ludwig cited his tournament ambitions as one of the main reasons the streamer decided to switch to YouTube Gaming. While Ludwig has yet to confirm potential dates for the Smash bros tournament, his estimated tournament investment could easily break prize pool records in the Smash circuit.
Ludwig’s announcement Super Smash Bros The tournament comes with the streamer’s massive announcement that he will be switching platforms to Twitch’s YouTube Gaming. Ludwig made waves earlier in the year when the streamer’s sub saw him overtake popular content creator Ninja as the most-subscribed streamer on Twitch. He is estimated to have earned nearly $ 1 million (after Twitch’s revenue cut) during the 30-day streaming event, with much of his revenue going back as charitable donations. or payroll for its moderators.
The advent of the Nintendo sponsored official Super Smash Bros tournaments has major implications for the 22-year-old franchise which has built much of its competitive success on community-run tournaments. With Nintendo confirming recently Super Smash Bros. Ultimatethe latest update of and the game’s last DLC fighter, Kingdom Hearts‘Sora, released last month, many fans have already started to look to the future of the popular series. With Nintendo seeking to properly support the franchise’s competitive circuit, Super Smash Bros. looks set to continue its success in the future.
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