Things are getting more and more interesting in the current controversy involving Panda Global, Nintendo, and the Smash World Tour. In a new statement released on their Twitter page, SWT have again come out to challenge Nintendo on some of the statements made regarding their ability to carry on with the Smash World Tour 2022.
Nintendo released a short statement to Kotaku and a lengthier one to IGN in which they claimed that their reasoning for shutting down their relationship with Smash World Tour was due to concerns over the health and safety of fans. They also added that at no time did they stop SWT from holding their 2022 championship. This was corroborated by a statement released by Panda in which they also sided with Nintendo saying that the decision to shut down SWT 2022 was made solely by SWT.
However, in the new statement released by Smash World Tour, they refuted this saying that they specifically asked Nintendo if they could continue running unlicensed tournaments, to which Nintendo stated that 'those times are over.' They added that they also particularly asked if Nintendo had considered the hardship a cancellation would cause to players and other staff engaged for the SWT 2022, to which they claimed Nintendo communicated that they had considered all possible ramifications and were okay with it.