Competitive Super Smash Bros. is in something of a weird spot when it comes to its relationship with Nintendo; the company has been slow to even acknowledge the game’s competitive scene, despite how large it’s grown over the years. More importantly, the company has yet to throw the same kind of competitive support that other companies–such as Capcom, SNK, NetherRealm Studios, Arc System Works, and Team NINJA–have provided to their games.
With this in mind, one of the game’s top players has now called out Nintendo on their lack of support. After winning the Super Smash Bros. Melee tournament at Smash ‘N’ Splash 3 this past weekend, Team Liquid’s Juan “Hungrybox” Debiedma used the time on the mic that was given to him to try to speak out against this lack of support.
The speech focuses on the fact that Smash has grown a sizable community without any sort of official support. He also points out that for a lot of the players, Smash isn’t just a video game–but also a lifestyle, and a source of livelihood.
You can watch and listen to the speech below. Take note that he Hungrybox does use some NSFW language before the start of his speech.