Ex-Nintendo employees Kit Ellis and Krysta Yang have shared their thoughts on the potential reasons for why Nintendo has effectively ditched EVO, the world's premier fighting game tournament. Through their new 'Kit & Krysta' podcast (vidcast??), the pair detailed three potential reasons for the move, all of which sound pretty viable to us.
The first is that Sony have purchased the rights to the EVO brand; naturally, Nintendo may see this as a conflict of interest and won't want to get directly involved at this stage.
Secondly, EVO has become embroiled in numerous scandals in the past, perhaps most chiefly related to allegations of abuse by the ex-CEO, which Nintendo strongly condemned.
It all makes perfect sense to us, and given Kit and Krysta's past experience with the company, we dare say they're in a pretty strong position to give some insight into Nintendo's decision. The company has a rocky history when it comes to officially endorsing Smash's presence at tournaments, and with Sony now owning EVO, it was unsurprising — if still disappointing — for fans to see Nintendo take this stance.
You can watch watch the pair discuss Nintendo's EVO exit below, and remember to check out our interview with Kit and Krysta to find out some background info on their decision to begin a podcast and their plans for the future.