Modernization: Alan Bunney has now released his first public statement since the Smash World Tour accusations were made, which you can find in the story below.
Panda Global has faced a lot of controversy recently due to the alleged actions of its CEO, Dr. Alain Bonney, who has reportedly been threatened with shutting down tournaments and their organizers over the past year with many assertions. After the first statement made by Panda was not well received by the Super Smash Bros. It seems that more than 80% of the supported fighting game division has since quit.
Earlier today, Panda Global issued a new statement indicating that Dr. Alan Beni is the CEO of Panda Global. In addition, they announced that the 2022 Panda Cup Final would be postponed due to security concerns.
The Panda Cup Finale was originally scheduled to take place from December 15, 2022 to December 17, 2022. The Panda Cup arena was officially sponsored by Nintendo and was the first to be licensed for a competitive tour.
Panda Global was officially launched with Dr. Alan Bunney as co-founder and CEO in 2015. As of now, it is unknown the extent of the involvement with Panda Global.
In previous statements made by the Smash World Tour Team, it was indicated that Nintendo canceled Smash World Tour 2022 and Smash World Tour 2023. However, Nintendo issued two statements contradicting what the Smash World Tour Team said by saying that they have not released licenses for the 2022 tournament and 2023 only, and claimed that the decision to cancel was a decision that was and still is. Smash World Tour Team.
– Panda (@PandaGlobal) December 5, 2022
Seemingly in response to these events, Ludwig recently announced “The Scuffed World Tour” that will take place on December 18, 2022. It’s likely no coincidence that the 2022 Panda Cup final date has been set.
Alan Bonney has now made his first public comment since the Smash World Tour’s open letter was posted on November 29, in which he claims to have evidence that the SWT organizers lied and that the Beyond Top leadership is “endangering the community.”
“I have resigned as CEO of Panda to protect the safety and welfare of the team,” Bony wrote on Twitter. My statement (with evidence) is coming.”
I have resigned from my position as CEO of Panda to protect the safety and welfare of the team.
My statement (with evidence) is coming. pic.twitter.com/LkousPo183
– panda | Dr. Alan (@DrAlanB) December 5, 2022
The organizers of the Smash World Tour accused Bonnie of inappropriate behavior and mob-like behavior when trying to recruit championships for the Panda Cup, which has been confirmed by several event contestants including Beyond the Summit.
Panda acknowledged Dr. Alan’s bad interaction with BTS and said in their first statement that a separate team was then formed to handle event relations.
Most of the community didn’t respond well to Panda’s first statement, which came 3 days after the Smash World Tour’s open letter and seemed to downplay their involvement in any Smash Bros. drama. which/were unfolding.
This extended to Panda’s staff with 8 confirmed members of the sponsored esports fighting game team publicly announcing their resignations from the company while most others removed some or all mentions of the team on their social media sites – as well as more on the production and PGStats parts of the company.
The allegations also put the Panda Cup final in jeopardy as well as 19 invited contestants revealed their intentions to withdraw from the tournament.
With less than two weeks to go, postponing the Panda Cup Finals may be the only recourse to make sure the event can go on, but for now there is a question mark over when that will finally happen.
For years, Panda has built itself to be one of the biggest esports teams in Smash and FGC with strides being made to create their content and obviously, create their own events.
What the future holds for Panda Global and the rest of the Smash community as well as the full relationship with Nintendo is also still in the works, and Dr. Alan’s statement indicates that this journey is far from over.
You can read Panda’s full statement below.
Panda has heard the concerns of the Smash community and is taking immediate action. Alan is no longer CEO, effective immediately.
Meanwhile, Panda employees are working with outside consultants to form an Interim Management Committee (IMC) to act as Chief Mobility Officer at this critical time. The identities of those at IMC will not be made public at this time due to harassment and safety concerns.
The immediate priorities for the IMC are:
• Work with any team member who wishes to resign, including being released from any contractual obligations.
• Support those who feel displaced during these events to find a home – either with Panda or another organisation.
Panda is committed to showing dedication to the community, and to everyone who shares our passion. Panda is committed to doing our part to move the competitive Smash community beyond its current status quo, starting with an internal restructuring and rededication of our values as members of that community.
We call on the community to deal with those affected by these events with compassion and understanding, and to call and report any attempts to deceive or harass.
In addition, due to the security concerns of our employees and contractors, The Panda Cup final has been postponed. The IMC will be issuing refunds to all registrants in the coming weeks.
Contributions to this story were provided by Dakota ‘DarkHorse’ Hills and Justin ‘AdaptiveTrigger’ Gordon.
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