Nintendo’s decision was solely based on our assessment of the proposals submitted by the SWT and our evaluation of their unlicensed activities.
This decision was not influenced by any external parties such as Panda Global.
When we notified the SWT that we would not license their 2022 or 2023 activities,
we also let them know verbally that we were not requiring they cancel the 2022 finals event because of the impact it would have on players. Thus, the decision to cancel the SWT 2022 was, and still is, their own choice.
Panda Global will continue to be a key partner
Panda continues to advocate on behalf of the Super Smash Bros. community,
Nintendo cares about Super Smash Bros. fans and its community very much,
important that a partner adheres to brand and IP guidelines and conducts itself according to professional and organizational best practices.
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