Guillermo “Stroder” Martinez Jr. will no longer play Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a member of Tuxedo Esports. Tuxedo Esports made the announcement in a statement posted to its Twitter page. According to the statement, it was a mutual agreement between Stroder and the organization. The decision follows Stroder’s recent racial slur controversy.
Stroder came under fire on July 19 when screenshots surfaced of him using racial slurs in a private Discord server. He and “Bocchi” became the center of controversy for their use of the N-word in repeated instances.
Stroder issued an apology on the day the screenshots surfaced. Bocchi initially issued a more vague statement and deactivated her Twitter account. However, she returned to Twitter the next day in order to provide a more formal apology.
Many members of the Smash community have expressed their disappointment with the actions of Stroder and Bocchi. Of course, Stroder has also faced direct consequences in the form of losing his patron. However, no push has been made by the Smash community to suspend either player from attending events. In fact, Stoder attended Ascension VII on July 21 and won the event over Pedro “Prodigy” Alonso.
The Bocchi and Stroder controversy is just one of the controversies that has plagued the Smash community in recent months. Most notable is that of Elliot “Ally” Carroza-Oyarce, who confessed to dating Zack “CaptainZack” Lauth earlier in the month. At the time of their relationship, Ally was 27 years old and CaptainZack was 16.
The legality of their relationship is unclear. The age of consent in Canada, where Ally lives, is 16. However, the age of consent is 17 in CaptainZack’s home state of Louisiana. Regardless, Ally received widespread backlash for choosing to date someone so young. Ally retired from competitive Smash altogether amidst this criticism. In addition, the Super Smash Bros. Conduct Panel recommended a lifetime ban should Ally attempt to return to competitive Smash.
Despite his good results, Ally may be excluded from the Summer 2019 PGRU on account of his actions. Although the rankings have already begun, the PGStats team has not yet announced its final decision. Whatever the decision, Ally will still count as a PGR-level win for those who have beaten him.
Dylan Tate is a student in 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, including Smash Bros., Splatoon, ARMS, and Pokémon. Dylan also writes Nintendo news articles for Nintendo Enthusiast.