On November 19, Nintendo sent a cease and desist to the organizers of Big House, forcing them to cancel the online events they had planned for Super Smash Bros. Melee this December.

As one of the most beloved and longstanding tournaments in the Super Smash Bros. scene, this news shared by the official Big House account came as a shock to many in both the Smash scene and esports community as a whole.

Apparently, due to the tournament’s intent to use Slippi, a fan-made program that allows for Melee to be played smoothly online using Rollback netcode, Nintendo informed Big House that they do not have permission to hose or broadcast the event.

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