Nintendo is teaming up with Panda Global, which is a major organization within the Super Smash Bros. community. As a result, the first official (licensed) Smash Bros. tournament is coming to North America in 2022. It will include both Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and Super Smash Bros. Melee. Of course, more details on the event will be coming at some point in the future.
The circuit will be open to all eligible players who also believe they are good enough to take on the best fighters in the Smash community. Furthermore, Bill Trinin commented about this new partnership in the Business Wire press release, saying:
“This partnership with Panda Global is the next step in Nintendo’s efforts to create a more consistent, fun and welcoming competitive environment for our players and fans,” said Bill Trinen, Senior Director of Product Marketing at Nintendo of America. “We are proud to stand with an organization like Panda Global to celebrate and support the ever-growing competitive Super Smash Bros. community and create a space where all players can test and hone their competitive skills.”
Panda Global CEO, Dr. Alan Bunney, also had a few words to say about their mission and the future.
“One of our key missions at Panda Global is to serve our communities in new and exciting ways,” said Dr. Alan Bunney, CEO of Panda Global. “By partnering with Nintendo, we are giving our competitors in North America the chance to compete in an officially licensed Super Smash Bros. circuit for the first time.”