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Smash pro Ally retires after admitting to lying about dating 16-year-old

Published: 4/Jul/2019 15:54 Updated: 4/Jul/2019 17:31

by Calum Patterson


Professional Super Smash Bros. player Elliot ‘Ally’ Carroza-Oyarce has announced his retirement, after confessing he lied about having a relationship with fellow pro player Zack ‘CaptainZack’ Lauth, now 17, which he previously denied.

Ally, who has been competing in fighting games since as early as 2010, apologized for not earlier admitting to the relationship, claiming he was “really scared.”

Concluding his statement on July 3, the pro player said: “Because I feel like it’s the right thing to do, I am going to retire from Smash. Sorry to everyone I disappointed.

While the age difference has split opinion in the fighting game community, there is no suggestion that the relationship was illegal, with the age of consent being 16 in Ally’s native Canada, as well as Zack’s home state of Louisiana.

Initial claims about the secret relationship 

Accusations against Ally first came to light on March 22, 2019, when another pro player, Tamim ‘tamim’ Omary posted in a since-deleted Tweet: “Hey @AllyUltimate how’s the minor you’re dating doing?”

After identifying this ‘minor’ as CaptainZack, Zack himself apparently deleted Tamim’s account which he somehow had access to, but Tamim continued on another account called ‘@tamimexposing’, where he posted a series of Discord messages where Ally says ‘he started caring for (Zack) and liked him back’.

Discord messages from Ally were posted by an account named ‘tamimexposing’.

On March 23, Zack claimed that no sexual relationship had taken place between himself and Ally, stating “nothing ever happened even close to that”, when asked if they had slept together.

However, on June 29, CaptainZack tweeted an image of himself holding a note, on which he had scribbled: “Tamim was telling the truth”.

CaptainZack later deleted the image from his profile.

Following Ally’s retirement announcement, and after a number of days of silence on social media, Zack asked for the “situation” to never be brought up to him again, saying it had “been taken care of.”

Community reacts to Ally’s admission and retirement

There has been a mixed response to the situation within the Smash community. Some have pointed to the fact that, legally speaking, Zack was above the age of consent in his home state of Louisiana, as well as Ally’s native Canada, meaning even if it was a sexual relationship (which Zack claimed it was not), it was not illegal.

However, others argue that irrespective of any legal argument, the relationship is still problematic, given the disparity in ages and the position that Ally holds within the Smash community.

Tempo Storm pro player Gonzalo ‘ZeRo’ Barrios called it a “terrible” day for the Smash scene, and that his friendship with Ally “doesn’t excuse terrible acts.”

Tamim, the pro player who initially aired the allegations against Ally, posted an apology on July 4 for how he “handled” the situation:

“I know I will never handle a situation like this again as I’ve definitely learned and grown from this experience,” he explains. “I couldn’t stand seeing my friend at the time, in a situation where I felt like my protests to him had no impact.”

“I know I was stupid and I am completely sorry for outing the victim, as I have apologized to him many, many times,” Tamim continued. “I know there is no justifying it either, but in the situation I was in at the time, I felt like it was the only other option.”

Ally was also caught up in another controversy on July 3, after 15-year-old aspiring player Bocchi beat him in a match, and backlash from some fans almost drove her to retirement.

The hate was so severe that she said “I literally would have rather lost that set and have done nothing.” Bocchi added being a teenage-girl “in an extremely male dominated community” is the “worst” and “very weird,” and confirmed she would take a break from competing.


BLAST Premier Global Final – G2 Esports and Astralis come out on top

Published: 19/Jan/2021 23:36 Updated: 19/Jan/2021 23:47

by Albert Petrosyan


BLAST Premier Global Final is finally underway! The grand finale of the 2020 BLAST season is going to see the best and most prestigious teams in the world compete for the chance to earn $1 million. Here’s the event schedule, stream and results. 

  • G2 Esports close out the series against the Brazilians 2-1
  • honda shines on his debut, delivering three aces for his team
  • Astralis defeats Evil Geniuses 2-1 on the opening game

BLAST Premier Global Final: Stream

As with all other BLAST competitions, the 2020 Global Final will be broadcast live on their official Twitch channel, which we’ve embedded above for your convenience.

The tournament will likely also be live-streamed on BLAST’s YouTube channel, which is also where the VoDs for all the matches will be uploaded, so feel free to check that out if you missed any games throughout the event.

BLAST Premier Global Final: Schedule & results



Wednesday, January 20

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Winners R1 Vitality vs Complexity 4:30 AM 7:30 AM 1:30 PM
Winners R1  Na’Vi vs Team Liquid 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Losers R1 Evil Geniuses vs FURIA 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Tuesday, January 19

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Winners R1 Astralis 2-1 Evil Geniuses 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Winners R1 G2 2-1 FURIA 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

The opening game saw Astralis take on Evil Geniuses in a three-game series, with an incredibly close first map going the way of EG 14-16. The North American team’s ability to convert pistol rounds was not enough to guarantee a second map, with both Overpass (16-8) and Vertigo (16-6) being taken by the Danes. 

FURIA vs G2 Esports was a much closer affair. G2 took the initiative on Inferno (12-16) taking FURIA’s map pick but felt short on their own one with a crushing 14-16 defeat on Mirage. Nuke (10-16) decided the series in favour of G2 following a brilliant offence in the second half. 

Thursday, January 21

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Losers R1 TBD vs TBD 4:30 AM 7:30 AM 1:30 PM
Winners R2 Astralis vs G2 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Winners R2 TBD vs TBD 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Friday, January 22

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Losers R2 TBD vs TBD 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Losers R2 TBD vs TBD 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Saturday, January 23

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Winners Final TBD vs TBD 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Losers Final TBD vs TBD 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Sunday, January 23

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Consolidation Final TBD vs TBD 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Grand Final TBD vs TBD 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Watch Now: Can Anyone Beat Astralis @ BLAST Global Finals?

Blast Premier Global Final: Teams & players

Eight total teams will be in attendance at this year’s BLAST Global Final, all of them qualifying through a variety of competitions, such as the Spring Finals, Fall Finals and BLAST Premier Circuit.

Lots of eyes will be on Team Liquid, who will be with their new star acquisition, FalleN, after the Brazilian legend joined their ranks to replace Twistzz.

Team Qualified via Players
Astralis Fall Finals device, dupreeh, Xyp9x, gla1ve, Magisk, Bubzkji (s), zonic (C)
Complexity European Spring Finals blameF, RUSH, k0nfig, jks, JUGi, keita (C)
Evil Geniuses American Spring Finals Brehze, CeRq, Ethan, tarik, Stanislaw, zews (C)
FURIA Esports BLAST Premier Circuit yuurih, arT, VINI, KSCERATO, honda
G2 Esports BLAST Premier Circuit kennyS, AmaNEk, nexa, huNter-, NiKo, maLeK (C)
Team Liquid BLAST Premier Circuit ELiGE, NAF, Stewie2K, Grim, FalleN, moses (C)
Natus Vincere BLAST Premier Circuit flamie, s1mple, electronic, Boombl4, Perfecto, B1T (s), B1ad3 (C)
Team Vitality European Spring Finals apEX, RpK, ZywOo, shox, misutaaa, Nivera (s), XTQZZZ (C)

BLAST Premier Global Final: Final Placements

With this competition featuring a total prize pool of $1 million, all 8 teams that have made it this far will be earning a nice chunk of cash, regardless of the outcomes.

That said, however, there will be an extraordinary amount of money awarded to the higher placers, including a massive $400,000 gap between the first and second-place teams.

Addtionally, BLAST announced the champions will receive exlusive TW Steel watches alongside their $600,000.

Placement  Team Prize
1 TBD $600,000
2 TBD $200,000
3 TBD $80,000
4 TBD $50,000
5-6 TBD $20,000
7-8 TBD $15,000