The Melee community needs to patch up its transphobia and misogyny problem before it’s too late.

The competitive scene for Super Smash Bros. Melee, the second game in the popular series produced by Nintendo, has remained one of the most popular fighting games in the current eSports landscape despite being nearly two decades old. However, if the dedicated community behind the game hopes to keep it alive and healthy moving forward, they’ll have to confront and alleviate a problem that the community has perpetuated since its inception: the prevalence of transphobia and misogyny.