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Metagame, a documentary about the competitive Super Smash Bros. Melee scene, premiered on Twitch from December 11 to 13. This article will go over how to watch Metagame if you missed any of the debut livestreams.
Producer Travis “Samox” Beauchamp made the decision to not save the VODs from the initial Twitch streams of Metagame. As a result, there is currently no official way to rewatch the documentary for free. This differs from Samox’s first documentary, The Smash Brothers, which is available in its entirety on YouTube.
However, fans can pay to watch Metagame on Vimeo right now. Currently, only the first three episodes are available, with the remaining five presumably coming in the near future. Viewers can rent individual episodes for $3 a piece or buy them for $5 a piece.
The team behind Metagame also intends to rebroadcast the documentary on Twitch later this month. While the dates for the rebroadcast are unconfirmed, this will give fans another opportunity to watch Metagame for free. There are also unofficial reuploads of the documentary on Twitch and YouTube, but these aren’t associated with the Metagame team.
What to know before you watch Metagame
Metagame is an eight-part series detailing competitive Melee from 2009 to 2015. It primarily follows Adam “Armada” Lindgren and Kevin “PPMD” Nanney, while also touching on the stories of Joseph “Mang0” Marquez, Juan “Hungrybox” DeBiedma, Jason “Mew2King” Zimmerman, and William “Leffen” Hjelte.
Although thousands of fans tuned in to watch the Metagame premiere, it has received mixed reviews thus far. Criticism has included its depiction of players who were ostracized from the Smash community following sexual misconduct allegations this summer. Samox previously noted that while he removed such players to the best of his ability, it was effectively impossible to remove them all completely. Additionally, many fans critiqued the documentary over its negative portrayals of Mang0 and Leffen.
Just be glad none of you had the bad shit you said when you were 15-20 documented
I'm sure all of you are angels
I will always take the hit for melee in anyway possible
Just another documentary for mango ROFLL
— Joseph Marquez (@C9Mang0) December 13, 2020
cant wait to be hated for another 10 years over things I said on a internet forum 10 years ago when I was 15 yeah boiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii
— TSM FTX Leffen (@TSM_Leffen) December 13, 2020
I wanted to let you know that I've been listening to the complaints and I hear you. Before it goes up on vimeo, I'll be curtailing that section where @C9Mang0 uses the old gamer language. I'll also be removing the sections with specific @TSM_Leffen .zip allegations.
— a gallon of samox (@_samox_) December 13, 2020
Eventually, Samox hopes to get Metagame on Netflix. This has influenced his decision to limit free access to the documentary on the internet. As a result, we may eventually be able to watch the Metagame Smash documentary on a mainstream streaming service.
Dylan Tate is an alumnus of the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a gaming journalist with a love for Nintendo esports, particularly Super Smash Bros. and Pokémon.