Evo Organizers "In Discussions" with Nintendo over Smash Bros.

Evo Organizers "In Discussions" with Nintendo over Smash Bros.

The Evo lineup for this year has been announced, with one exception that appears to be up for debate.

Last year, the Evo fighting game tournament played host to some controversy over one of the games in attendance: Super Smash Bros. Melee.

Melee was included in the tournament's lineup last year after winning a fan vote and attracting nearly a quarter of a million dollars in charitable donations. Nintendo, apparently still working out where it stood on online video content creators profiting from footage of its titles at the time, objected to the game's inclusion on Evo's streaming roster and asked that it be removed, however. It was a decision that didn't go down all that well with the community as a whole, but to Nintendo's credit it did quickly change its mind.

This year, Melee is set for inclusion as part of the main body of games that will be played at Evo this year, rather than as the subject of a fan vote or a charity drive. Nintendo hasn't yet agreed to the games inclusion at the event or as part of the online streaming video, but apparently the Evo organizers and the gaming giant are in "preliminary discussions" over the matter.

Should Melee get through these discussions intact, it will join tournament newcomers Injustice: Gods Among Us, Killer Instinct and Blazblue: Chrono Phantasma as well as Ultra Street Fighter 4, King of Fighters 13 and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. Given that there's a new Smash Bros. game set to arrive later this year on Wii U and 3DS, you'd think Nintendo would want to give the franchise some visibility, but if the Wii U era has taught us anything, it's that Nintendo doesn't always take what seems to be the immediately sensible option when it comes to marketing.

Evo 2014 is set to take place between July 11 and 13 at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel and Casino. Full information -- including details of the new Road to Evo qualification events -- can be found on the official website.

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