The eight-part series will premiere today at 2 PM PT / 5 PM ET on Metagame’s official Twitch channel. The first three episodes will air today, followed by the second three episodes on Saturday and then the final two on Sunday. The stream will take place at the same time each day. Plans for a VOD release will come after the premiere, according to the documentaries creator.
Metagame was written and produced by Travis Beauchamp, the creator of the 2013 Super Smash Bros. documentary The Smash Brothers. It will follow Kevin “PPMD” Nanney, Adam “Armada” Lindgren, Joseph “Mango” Marquez, Jason “Mew2King” Zimmerman, and Juan “Hungrybox” Debiedma–also known as the five “Smash Gods.”
Nintendo issued a cease and desist order to organizers of The Big House, one of the most notable Super Smash Bros. tournaments, last month. The event was going to be held online due to the pandemic, with Melee matches happening through a mod called “Slippi” that gives the game stable online play. Nintendo said that it was forced to cancel the event due to organizers using “illegally copied versions of the game” although players believe the studio is against the use of the “Slippi” mod. The hashtag #FreeMelee started trending shortly after the tournament was canceled.
Nintendo canceled the livestream of a Splatoon 2 tournament after several players changed their names to some variation of the trending hashtag as well. Members of both the Splatoon and Super Smash Bros. community hope they can convince Nintendo to change their current stance on the “Slippi” mod.