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Could disgraced Smash pro ZeRo return? Tempo Storm CEO weighs in

Published: 22/Jul/2020 0:24

by Michael Gwilliam

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Former Super Smash Bros pro and content creator Gonzalo ‘ZeRo’ Barrios was dropped by his team Tempo Storm after allegations of him being inappropriate with underage girls surfaced. Now, Tempo Storm’s CEO has discussed ZeRo’s future and the team’s approach to his dismissal.

Notably, when ZeRo was removed from Tempo Storm, the team made a point to extend a support line to victims and Barrios himself.

In a Twitter post, the team stated they would be connecting with the Smash icon with professional counsel and rehabilitation resources to ensure his behavior doesn’t continue.

Now, in an interview with Inven Global, the team’s CEO Andrey ‘Reynad’ Yanyuk addressed whether it was at all possible for ZeRo to rejoin the team and if he will be able to rehabilitate himself.

Could ZeRo rejoin Tempo Storm?

“I don’t like to speculate about the future. I just take things one day at a time, you know?” he stated. “I think ZeRo is a very different person today than he was when he wrote some Skype messages at 19 years old.”

While that may not seem like a very lengthy reply, he never ruled out the possibility that ZeRo returns. “I think he’s had a lot of personal growth over the past few years that I’ve personally seen, so I’m optimistic about his ability to recover.”

Yanyuk also explained where the idea to provide support to victims and ZeRo himself came about.

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ZeRo confessed to the allegations.

“I think that in America people tend to equate punishment to rehabilitation. I don’t think there is much purpose in punishing people for the sake of punishing them,” he explained. “If somebody does something that is not okay, then the important thing is to make sure it doesn’t happen in the future.”

He further added that he believes rehabilitation is a good solution when applicable. “Despite the allegations and his actions under or organization when he was younger, ZeRo was wonderful to work with, to be honest. We’re very disappointed, but it didn’t feel right to just callously cut ties with somebody in a public way and leave it at that.”

It will be interesting to see what the future holds for ZeRo. At the time of this posting, the Smash Ultimate content creator has deleted all of his tweets and remained silent on social media since “coming clean” to the allegations.

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xQc slams”trash” Smash Ultimate Online after lag completely ruins game

Published: 28/Nov/2020 15:37

by Connor Bennett

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Twitch star Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel unleashed his signature rage on Smash Online as lag cost him the chance to potentially win a game. 

As one of Twitch’s most popular streamers, xQc garners a huge audience anytime he goes live – and especially when he tries out a new game too.

Some viewers might be there to get his actual take on the game, to see if it’s worth buying themselves if its a new release, but others are there hoping to see him completely lose his mind and lash out at how bad it is, in a way that only he can. 

During his November 27 stream, the former Overwatch League star dove into the world of Smash Online, and while he managed to win a game, he wasn’t exactly overjoyed by the experience. 

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xQc is never one to shy away from giving his opinion on things.

After a nearly five-minute-long fight, where he was using Cloud against Lucina, the Candian lost it as lag started to hamper the game – preventing him from pulling off moves or avoiding his opponent. 

As he was defeated, xQc let loose on his opponent and the connection. “Congrats man. Dude, I genuinely hope that you spend your entire life getting good at this piece of s**t f**king game, and you go to your local tournament, and you win enough to buy a f**king router, you broke a** p**sy,” he exclaimed. 

xQc then turned his attention onto Smash itself. “I f**king hate this game, it’s so trash – holy s**t. Oh my God, get a router man. I can’t dude, this s**t is f**king trash! Get me out of here dude.”

The streaming star eventually closed the game off, opting to play a few different games before bringing his stream to an end for the day. 

While some fans might hope he goes back to Smash in the future, at least for a game or two, xQc might not be willing to – especially if he comes up against opponents with terrible connections.