Nintendo condemned the alleged abuse by known competitive players as “absolutely inadmissible”.
Within a week, dozens of allegations of inappropriate behavior were made against competitors in Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros fighting game series.
Many of the allegations concern young teenagers and older players.
It is part of a larger “MeToo” style movement in the fighting game and larger gaming communities.
The allegations surrounding the competitive Super Smash Bros community are wide ranging, from inappropriate sexual messages to sexual relations with minors on the sidelines of tournament events and even rape allegations.
In a media release, Nintendo said: “We are deeply troubled by the charges against some members of the competitive gaming community. They are absolutely inadmissible.
“We want to make it clear that we condemn all acts of violence, harassment and exploitation against anyone and that we are with the victims.”
Nintendo is not normally the organizer of these tournaments, but they are often organized by the community itself.
A large number of competitors sometimes shared houses – which included underage players who shared accommodation with larger ones.
Many of the accused players have issued statements that either give their side to the story or refute the allegations made against them.
However, several sponsors and brands have ties to well-known figures.
I was eliminated
Separately, the biggest fighting game tournament of the summer, EVO Online, did not go ahead as expected over the weekend of July 4th, amid wider concerns about abuse in the fighting game community.
Evo’s president, Joey Cueller, has been accused of inappropriate behavior towards underage competitors.
As a result, three major fighting game makers – Bandai Namco, Capcom and Netherrealm – all announced that they were withdrawing from the event, days before it was scheduled to begin.
Cueller “will no longer be involved with Evo in any way,” the organization said in a statement.
“Progress doesn’t happen overnight or without the courage of those who oppose misconduct and injustice. We are shocked and saddened by these events,” he said.
Cueller, in a now deleted tweet, wrote: “I never intended to hurt anyone. I was young and reckless and I did things I’m not proud of. I have grown and matured in the past 20 years, but nothing is so sorry. “.
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The Evo Online event, scheduled to begin that weekend and last for several weeks each weekend, has been canceled.
The current wave of accusations is not limited to the fighting game community.
The game streaming site Twitch issued a wave of bans on its content creators after a wave of reports of offensive behavior. And Ubisoft developer, known among others for the Assassin’s Creed game series, has launched an internal investigation into the conduct of his staff members.