If you're thinking of play Dragon Ball FighterZ in a major tournament coming up, you might want to double check with the promoter before putting down an entry fee. Two tournaments in the past month have pulled the fighting game from their esports lineups, EVO Japan and Anime Ascension, with the latter citing "unforeseen circumstances" as the reasoning. A few different websites have speculated that Toei, the company that owns the Dragon Ball IP, may be sending out their own cease and desist letters to organizers not operating under the Bandai Namco banner or seeking out permission first. Which isn't unheard of for a company to do in tournaments that look to be controversial, but neither of these tournaments appears to be sketchy in any way.
Time will tell whether any of that speculation is correct, but for now, it might be a wise move for players looking to enter a Dragon Ball FighterZ tournament to double-check and make sure you can even enter before giving them your entry fee. In the meantime, those who were hoping for Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite to be added to tournaments, your horse may have just come in if this pattern keeps up.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Dragonball FighterZ will no longer be run at Anime Ascension. We're sorry for the inconvenience/disappointment! Please stay tuned for future announcements. pic.twitter.com/lLsUxQKicx
— Aksys Games (@aksysgames) December 21, 2018