Another Dragon Ball FighterZ tournament shut down, many in the community are blaming Toei

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • December 21, 2018 at 4:11 p.m. PST

Earlier today, it was announced by AkSys Games that "due to unforeseen circumstances, Dragon Ball FighterZ will no longer be run at Anime Ascension." No details were given as to why Dragon Ball FighterZ had to be dropped from the event.

Notably, Dragon Ball FighterZ also had to be cancelled at DreamHack Atlanta for undisclosed reasons. According to Alex Jebailey, the fighting game director for the event, the cancellation was not as a result of the entry numbers — which were cited to be less than 40 at the time — but he was unable to publicly speak on the matter.

As you can imagine, many have proclaimed their disappointment regarding this news. It appears that Toei is mostly being blamed for the recent cancellations by many in the community, although there has yet to be any official confirmation that they're actually involved.

MrWiz — one of the EVO organizers — took to Twitter to state that he was sad to see what was happening with the Dragon Ball FighterZ community likely in response to this development. He mentioned a fear that the game might be a "one and done." Strangely, Dragon Ball FighterZ was also absent from EVO Japan's lineup.

Yohosie, a competitor for Dragon Ball FighterZ expressed some frustrations about the development. She noted that this was the second flight she had to cancel and that this trend is "costing [her] money and time."

A digital content producer with over 900,000 YouTube subscribers, D-Piddy, speculated that Toei doesn't believe that they need advertisement for what is likely the most recognizable anime/manga franchise in the world. A lack of monetary compensation could be a possible reason why events are not being allowed to host Dragon Ball FighterZ tournaments.

Ultra David, an attorney, expressed some sympathy for the Dragon Ball FighterZ community. While he mentioned that he did not see any information that explicitly stated this to be the case, he hypothesized that one of the Dragon Ball IP holders could be responsible for the turn of events.

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