Throughout a recent interview with Japanese enterprise journal Nikkei, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa was requested a wide range of questions regarding the writer’s future, considered one of which involved Nintendo’s assist for Tremendous Smash Bros. competitions, specifically its reluctance to assist Smash tournaments with prize cash.
Super Smash Bros. has been a severe aggressive recreation for thus lengthy that if the franchise was a human being, it might be sufficiently old to seize a drink with a foolish identify on the native dive bar. However this longevity hasn’t translated to careers and even reasonably worthwhile financial advantages for its finest gamers in the identical approach because it has for gamers of far youthful video games like Fortnite and Dota 2.
The key distinction is cash. In 2019, Epic Video games put up $100 million in prize cash for aggressive Fortnite gamers, whereas Valve contributed over $34 million for the finalists of the Dota 2 championship final August. Nintendo’s reluctance to contribute Smash prize cash makes it a much less profitable alternative, and continues to be some extent of competition inside the aggressive group.
If Furukawa’s assertion is any indication, maybe Nintendo’s reluctance revolves round a worry of making a divide between informal and aggressive gamers, the latter of which could view Super Smash Bros. as exterior their skills if excessive-stage play is given a highlight. The franchise was at all times envisioned as a enjoyable social gathering recreation regardless of a core group of gamers taking it extra severely, and solely just lately have the builders started taking competitors into account in the case of issues like character stability.