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Super Smash Bros. revealed to not be included in Evo 2022's lineup by Nintendo's decision

Evo 2022 lineup to be revealed on March 8

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • February 26, 2022 at 3:30 p.m. PST • Comments: 62

It's been announced over Twitter that the entire Evo 2022 lineup will be announced on Twitch on March 8, 2022. While this could be seen as cause for celebration, the Evo staff left a word of warning about one or two popular titles that definitely will not make an appearance this year.

Unfortunately, we can expect Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Super Smash Bros. Melee (as well as any other title in the Super Smash Bros. series) to be absent at Evo. According to the statement left by the Evo staff, this was a decision made by Nintendo.

Back in 2013, a community-driven fundraiser had secured Super Smash Bros. Melee a spot at Evo 2013, but it was later announced that Evo would be unable to stream the event due to a cease and desist from Nintendo. Due to community backlash, the cease and desist was lifted and the event was streamed as normal.

Ever since then, some title in the Super Smash Bros. series has had a presence as a mainstage title at every offline Evo event. Nintendo once even used Evo as a platform to announce a Super Smash Bros.-themed Nintendo Direct for a later date.

However, it seems that a lot has changed since those days. It's possible that Nintendo's decision to not allow Super Smash Bros. at Evo this year could have something to do with the controversy that caused Evo's cancellation back in 2020.

On the other hand, this decision could also be influenced by Sony's joint acquisition of the Evo Championship Series. Although Mark "MarkMan" Julio, an Evo representative, confirmed at the time that Evo was still "open to all platforms," this would obviously have to be agreed upon by other companies.

A statement released by Nintendo at the time seemingly hinted at this possibility when it was stated that they would "continue to assess Evo" in terms of allowing Super Smash Bros. at Evo events.

Although Super Smash Bros. won't be included at the event this year, fans can still look forward to possibilities regarding Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition, Guilty Gear Strive, King of Fighters 15, Mortal Kombat 11, Tekken 7 and many other modern titles.

Street Fighter 6 was recently announced, but confirmed details from Capcom about the next entry in the Street Fighter series are scarce at the moment. According to the teaser trailer, more information about Street Fighter 6 will be released this summer.

As such, it's been speculated that more about Street Fighter 6 will be unveiled at Evo this year. E3 2022's in-person event has been cancelled due to COVID-19, and some insiders have already indicated that E3's Digital Event could also be cancelled.

The reveal of Evo's 2022 lineup is scheduled to take place on March 8 at 5 p.m. PST / 8 p.m. EST on their Twitch channel. See below for the Evo staff's released statement:

Evo Statement

Please join us March 8 at 5 p.m. PST on twitch.tv/evo for the Evo 2022 announcement show! While we're thankful for all the amazing games joining us later this year in Las Vegas, we want to let you know in advance that Super Smash Bros. will not be making a return appearance.

Since 2007, we've seen historic Super Smash Bros. moments created at Evo's events. We are saddened that Nintendo has chosen not to continue that legacy with us this year. In the future, we hope to once again celebrate the Super Smash Bros. community alongside them.

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