Mr. Wizard is a tournament director from Southern California who is mostly known as one of the co-founders of the Evolution Championship Series or simply EVO. He was the main TO for the EVO national tournaments, which are the largest yearly FGC-run and Smash events ever, from its creation up until 2020. In terms of playing, he mains Duck Hunt, and has also played other various fighting games.
On July 2nd, 2020, amidst sexual allegations towards him, EVO dissociated Mr. Wizard from their brand.
Controversies surrounding Smash at EVO
EVO 2013 issues surrounding Melee + Future Approvals
Super Smash Bros. Melee was the fighting game that donated the most money for Breast Cancer Research due to the massive push from the Melee It On Me podcast staff. In July of 2013, Nintendo attempted to block streaming for Melee at EVO 2013 a few days before the tournament was set to begin, as well as shutting down the Melee portion of the event altogether. However, because of extreme community backlash, Nintendo retracted the ban hours later. This retraction allowed Mr. Wizard and EVO to run Melee as planned. However for EVO 2014, Mr. Wizard revealed the initial six games at the tournament while reserving a seventh spot for Melee, while waiting for Nintendo's approval. Nintendo approved of Melee being at EVO 2014 and officially sponsored the event. Nintendo sponsored and allowed Mr. Wizard to run Melee and Smash 4 tourneys for subsequent events from 2015 onward.
Within the Smash tournaments he has organized, he has made a few controversial decisions: