Updated 11/20/2016: TechRaptor staff have gotten in contact with Sabre230 and DoctorM64, two members of the Another Metroid 2 Remake team. This is what they had to say about the removal of their game and Pokémon Uranium from The Game Awards' Best Fan Creation category.
When asked if they had received any contact from The Game Awards prior to the removal of Another Metroid 2 Remake:
To my knowledge no, not directly anyway. I personally saw DoctorM64 comment on tweet from one of the AM2R speedrunners about it's removal from the nominees and retweeted.When asked if anyone from the Another Metroid 2 Remake team was seeking contact with The Game Awards for information on the game was removed:
The original story follows below.I'll be honest, we were pretty excited about AM2R being nominated at all. Seeing Pokemon Uranium nominated as well was a great feeling. Can't say that I'm surprised both nominees were removed, but it still stings.I wouldn't mind hearing an official statement on why the games were removed, or really any answers in the first place. For me personally, I would love nothing more than to have a genuine talk about the situation for some closure.
Earlier this week, TechRaptor reported on the nominees for the upcoming 2016 awards show The Game Awards. Information from NeoGAF now indicates that some of the nominees for Best Fan Creation have been removed from the category. First spotted in this thread on NeoGAF, Pokémon Uranium and Project Another Metroid 2 Remake - which were originally on the list of nominees for the Best Fan Creation award - are at the time of writing this article no longer included as nominees for the award.
According to The Game Awards, the Best Fan Creation award is for "fan-created content, such as MODs, fan films, and other player content".
It's worth noting that Nintendo of America is on the advisory board for The Game Awards; however, according to the informational page on the advisory board, "the advisory board is not involved in the selection of nominees or winners, and learns of the winners at the same time of the public, live at the Awards ceremony".
Both Pokémon Uranium and Another Metroid 2 Remake were released earlier this year, and both projects were taken down - Another Metroid 2 Remake after receiving a letter from a lawyer representing Nintendo of America, Pokémon Uranium after hearing of multiple takedown notices sent by lawyers representing Nintendo of America. Whether this has a factor in the games being removed from the Best Fan Creations category is at this time not known.
At the time of writing this article, The Games Awards has not publicly commented on the removal of these games from the Best Fan Creations category, although some members of the teams behind Pokémon Uranium and Another Metroid 2 Remake have publicly commented on the situation and thanked their supporters.
TechRaptor staff have reached out to Nintendo and The Game Awards, for a comment on this situation; at the time of writing this article we haven't received a response from any of the involved parties. We will update this article when we receive a response.
Stay tuned to TechRaptor for further information on The Game Awards.
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