Metagame is an nine-part documentary series produced by Travis "Samox" Beauchamp and is a follow up to his earlier work, The Smash Brothers. The series premiered on Twitch on December 11th-13th, 2020 and was released for purchase on Vimeo on January 29th, 2021.
The documentary took over five years to produce following the release of the original documentary, The Smash Brothers. A kickstarter for a continuation of The Smash Brothers was launched on April 14th, 2014. Its goal of $26,000 was surpassed only two weeks after a launch and would total up to $34,583. This continuation of The Smash Brothers would eventually form into Metagame.
According to Beauchamp, the documentary had gone through many re-writes and the revisions that the original documentary hadn't gone through. Additionally, due to him seeking more than just a YouTube release, Beauchamp had to track down the owners of many Melee-related videos throughout many different countries.
On November 23rd, 2020, a trailer released, along with the announcement that the series would premiere on Twitch on December 11th-13th, 2020. Episodes 1-3 aired on December 11th at 2-5 p.m. PT, Episodes 4-6 aired on December 12th at 2-5 p.m. PT, and Episodes 7-8 aired on December 13th at 2-4 p.m. PT.
The documentary was uploaded for purchase via Vimeo on January 29th, 2021. This version of the documentary features edits in response to viewer feedback, particularly in regard to offensive language deemed appropriate at the time and the negative portrayal of Leffen.
On April 24th, 2021, it was announced there would be a three-day special event in June with a livestream of all eight episodes, new interviews with all five gods and Leffen, and a special feature and a new episode called "Metagame: Godslayer." On May 15th, 2021, it was announced the livestream to be a two-day event on June 5th-6th, 2021, starting at 10 a.m. PT each day. A new trailer was uploaded the same day. Day 1 of the stream had interviews with Mew2King, Armada, Hungrybox, and Mango in between episodes. Day 2 of the stream had interviews with PPMD and Leffen in between episodes. Day 1 had Episodes 1-4 and Day 2 had Episodes 5-8 and the premiere of the new episode, "Godslayer".
The documentary received a mixed reception from the player base upon its initial premiere. Some players prominently featured in the documentary such as Mango and Leffen publicly criticized it, arguing that their depictions in the documentary were unfairly biased as a result of excessive focus on their past personal actions as well as editing and music choices surrounding their appearances in the documentary. Critics of the documentary also argued that it did not focus equally on all of the featured players, identifying Mew2King and Hungrybox as "gods" who received comparatively little screen time compared to the others.