Toei claims that they don't have any knowledge about the prevention of Dragon Ball FighterZ tournaments

UltraDavid hypothesizes that the rights issue could be from another angle

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • December 26, 2018 at 1:27 p.m. PST

Earlier today, Toei Animation on Twitter mentioned that they were unaware of what was happening in regards to the Dragon Ball FighterZ tournament scene. "Apologies, but we have no knowledge about preventing DBFZ tournaments," they said in response to a statement that pointed the finger towards them.

For those that are unaware, we received the unfortunate news last week that the Dragon Ball FighterZ event at Anime Ascension was being cancelled. Interestingly enough, AkSys Games provided no reasoning behind this outside of "unforeseen circumstances."

This wasn't the first time this had happened this year. Dragon Ball FighterZ was originally planned for DreamHack Atlanta but was cancelled for reasons that could not be publicly disclosed by the tournament organizer. Notably, while the number of registered players was less than 40 at the time, Alex Jebailey stated that he "would never cancel any tournament at an event because of entry numbers."

Despite it being a very popular game throughout 2018, EVO Japan did not list Dragon Ball FighterZ — along with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate — as part of its main lineup. MrWiz, a tournament organizer for EVO, expressed a fear that Dragon Ball FighterZ "might be a one and done."

This chain of events is setting an unfavorable trend for the Dragon Ball FighterZ tournament scene. As a result, this has prompted many to point the finger at Toei Animation, one of the main right holders of the Dragon Ball franchise.

UltraDavid, an attorney, hypothesized that the issue potentially could be coming from "some other angle" instead. Some have begun to speculate that the issue is arising because of another rights holder for the series.

We'll be monitoring this situation closely and continuing to update our readers on new developments as they happen.

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