Tournament:The Big House Online
The Big House Online was a canceled Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate online tournament planned to be held from December 4th-6th, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which canceled The Big House 10, it was then switched into an online tournament and rescheduled into December, rather than October as with all previous The Big House tournaments.
On November 19th, 2020, the organizers announced that Nintendo of America had sent a cease and desist letter to them due to the use of Project Slippi for the Melee event. As a result, the organizers were forced to cancel both events. This resulted in outrage within the community, with many players complaining about how the C&D was unwarranted, as Slippi is unaffiliated with Nintendo and is perfectly legal. Within an hour, the tag #FreeMelee became trending on Twitter. A response claiming to be from Nintendo was later released stating that ROMs were required to use Slippi which are obtained illegally through pirating. In addition, they initially reached out to the team asking them to stop, but the team refused.
On December 6, 2020, Nintendo announced that they had cancelled their livestream of the finals of Splatoon 2 North American Open December 2020. While it was only stated to have been done due to "unexpected executional challenges," many have believed that it was caused by members of the Splatoon community giving themselves team names in support of Melee and the Smash community (such as #FreeMelee and Meleetation) due to Nintendo's actions against the Big House Online.