While Game Society founded the championship as "Mario Kart Playoffs" in 2014, Nintendo released a controversial policy regarding gameplay of their games on YouTube and the contest in the years following were named Marioless Kart Playoffs to reflect the game selection changes. Due to the release of the popular title, Mario Kart 8 for the Nintendo Switch, the Mario Kart franchise has made a return for the 2017 championship.
Each year, the winner of the championships is rewarded with an unique prize.
- Main article: Mario Kart Playoffs 2014
In the inaugural year of 2014, the contestants played five console generations of Mario Kart games and was rewarded with an actual trophy as a prize.
In 2015, the contestants played four kart games as each round of the playoffs: Atari Karts, Sonic & Sega All-Star Racing, ModNation Racers, and Hello Kitty Kruisers.
In 2016, the Marioless Kart Playoffs were held as a YouTube live show. While the game, Table Top Racing World Tour, was considered for the live show, Rocket League was played instead.
- Main article: Mario Kart Playoffs 2017
In 2017, the contest went back to its roots as Mario Kart Playoffs when Aaron and Emre played the game Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. This was a departure from the previous two years when Game Society hosted the contest without including a single Mario Kart game. The aforementioned happened due to Nintendo's strict YouTube policy that demonetized videos that were not up to company's standards in ethics. While Nintendo continues to uphold their policy, Game Society took a chance since Nintendo has released a new title on their hit console, the Nintendo Switch. The entirety of the contest was live-streamed.
The prize for first place was a Chewbacca stein "when you drink it, you have to make a Chewbacca noise." During the broadcast, the fans can buy the contestants drinks in order to handicap them. (This is true for any livestream events). They bought 10 for Aaron and 19 for Emre. As each shot costs at least $20, the fans have spent a minimum of $580.
Aaron and Emre play against each other during a live show in Rocket League to determine the 2018 champion. This is the second time a Marioless Kart was held without playing a racing game. Adam, who usually acts as the host, was not available for this stream. This event was also the first live stream in which both Aaron and Emre appeared in front of a green screen.
- ↑ https://youtu.be/gftAOvwaIWg?t=5m35s
- ↑ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gftAOvwaIWg&lc=z12euhexftubfvupi04cjzcq4p3tjbvqqis