The Big House, one of the premier events in competitive Super Smash Bros., must cancel the tournaments organizers had scheduled for early December after receiving a cease-and-desist demand from Nintendo of America.
The Big House has been held with no problem every year since 2011. Nintendo’s issue this year is related to Big House organizers’ plans to use Slippi, an unapproved rollback netcode that makes Super Smash Bros. Melee playable online — a tool necessary for the online event.
The Big House 2020 announced back in July that its in-person event would be canceled in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The previous four tournaments were held at TCF Center in downtown Detroit.
On Nov. 10, Big House organizers announced that they would move the tournament online, set Dec. 4-6 as the dates, and began taking registrations. Now, with Nintendo’s cease-and-desist, the event has been canceled.
The Big House is the longest running annual tournament in major Smash competition, held every year since 2011. Last year’s prize pool delivered $3,636 to Melee singles winner Joseph “Mango” Marquez, and $4,068 to Ultimate singles champion Okada “Zackray” Sota.