Evo 2019’s ill-advised Tekken joke is sending ripples throughout the gaming world.
In case you somehow missed it, Evo 2019 sent shockwaves rolling throughout the gaming industry with a bad joke. The fighting game tournament organizer falsely insinuated that Solid Snake would be joining Tekken 7 prior to that title’s Grand Finals.
Fans predictably blew up social media with news that the famous Metal Gear protagonist would be joining Tekken. Then, Evo had to publicly announce it had pretended a reveal was coming as a practical joke on Twitter:
Just to clear things up, the Snake cameo video that we showed during Tekken finals was our idea of a little joke. It was not intended to imply a character reveal, and was done on our own, without consulting Bandai Namco. Sorry for any confusion!
— EVO (@EVO) August 5, 2019
Naturally, the news has been taken poorly by many fans, who are upset they were trolled so viciously. While it seems like Evo had only good intentions for the joke, it has since caused a lot of outrage and hurt feelings.
Evo 2019 sent shockwaves rolling throughout the gaming industry with a bad joke.
It’s not just that Evo made a bad joke, though. It’s that the company did so without even contacting those it implicated. Evo admitted Bandai Namco wasn’t consulted during the process, despite the latter’s potential for getting caught in the backlash. There’s also this tweet from David Hayter, the voice behind Solid Snake:
You also failed to consult me, or Konami. Please do not use my voice to promote other games. Ever.
— David Hayter (@DavidBHayter) August 5, 2019
Failing to even mention the idea of the joke to any of the involved parties is a major misstep from Evo. For a company that just experienced one of its most successful weekends ever, it’s lucky it didn’t turn into a disaster.