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Multiple Smash personalities accused of sexual assault and misconduct

Published: 2/Jul/2020 15:41 Updated: 2/Jul/2020 22:03

by Jacob Hale

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A number of players and popular personalities in the Super Smash Bros. community have come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct and assault pouring out in recent days.

While esports as a whole seems to be experiencing its own ‘MeToo’ movement, with a number of high-profile names coming forward to detail stories of times they have been assaulted or wronged by other members of the industry, some strong allegations have surfaced from the Smash scene.

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Between July 1-2, multiple stories came out from the Smash community as some of the world’s best players and top personalities revealed accusations of sexual misconduct.

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A number of stories have surfaced from within the Smash community.

This includes two young boys recounting times they were allegedly abused or sexualized by fellow competitors, as well as prolific EVO co-founder Joey ‘MrWizard’ Cuellar being placed on administrative leave from the company due to allegations made against him.

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Puppeh accuses Cinnpie

On July 1, Troy ‘Puppeh’ Wells released a Twitlonger, alleging that throughout the summer of 2016 – when he was 14 years old – he had a sexual relationship with Cinnamon ‘Cinnpie’ Dunson, who was 24 at the time.

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Puppeh claims to have had a sexual relationship with Cinnpie when he was 14 and she was 24.

Puppeh accuses Cinnpie of frequently gaslighting him and forcing him to delete messages between them. To this day, he says he still struggles to understand and process his emotions regarding the situation.

Cinnpie is yet to comment on or respond to the claims.

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CaptainZack accuses Nairo

On July 2, Zack ‘CaptainZack’ Lauth accused top-tier Smash pro, Nairoby ‘Nairo’ Quezada, of having a sexual relationship with him when he was just 15 years old, and the accused was 20.

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Smash pro CaptainZack has made a statement against fellow competitor Nairo.

In the TwitLonger Zack posted, he explains that he doesn’t want Nairo to be canceled but simply to speak his truth, with multiple screenshots of him detailing his experiences with Nairo to another friend.

He ends the TwitLonger again reiterating that he doesn’t want Quezada to suffer over the allegations, but that “the stress of having this experience weighing on him” was too much to bear.

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CaptainZack alleges that Nairo paid him to keep quiet.

CaptainZack’s story was bolstered by the support of fellow pro Gavin ‘Tweek’ Dempsey, who said that he was aware of the relationship between the two but kept it quiet out of respect for Zack, who Tweek says begged him to keep the secret.

Nairo deactivated his Twitter account shortly after allegations surfaced, but returned to the platform to apologize to Zack and revealing that he will be taking time away for self-reflection.

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NRG also released a statement, announcing that they would be severing all ties with Nairo.

EVO co-founder MrWizard placed on leave

In the early hours of Thursday, July 2, popular fighting games tournament EVO also released a statement, saying that they are aware of accusations made against Joey Cuellar, and that they have placed him on administrative leave while they attempt to get to the bottom of the situation.

This follows a number of accusations, including one made by PyronIkari, in which he accuses Cuellar of making “bets” in order to get predominantly “young boys” to remove their clothes or, as in PyronIkari’s case, show him his genitals.

KTDominate accuses D1

Popular Smash Bros commentator and content creator D’Ron ‘D1’ Maingrette has released a public statement via Twitter after being accused of rape by community member KTDominate. She alleged that he’d taken her to his hotel room at a party during Smash the Record 2016, after which he assaulted her. KTDominate claimed she was extremely drunk during the encounter and had not consented to sex.

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D1 later published an apology to KTDominate, alleging that he had “zero recollection” of the events that transpired that night. He ended his letter by asking readers to “please understand, this is not who I am.”

D1 Twitter statement

Anti responds after anonymous accusation

Smash pro Jason ‘Anti’ Bates has also come out with a statement of his own after being accused of sexual assault by an anonymous source, which was shared to Twitter by another user. In the allegations, the victim stated that they had matched with Anti on Twitter in 2016 and had told him they were underaged, with Anti purportedly asking them to lie about the subject. The victim claimed to have had sexual relations with Anti, D1, The Moon and Keitaro before turning 18.

Anti has since refuted the victim’s claims and argued that they had lied about their age, claiming they’d said they were 18 and were accusing him as a means “to get rid of people you simply have a vendetta against.”

Anti Twitlonger statement

T1 has since dropped Anti from their roster, with the player alluding to future legal action against his accuser.

This is an ongoing story and, if those accused come out with statements, it will be updated accordingly.

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Iconic Smash Bros Hyrule Temple stage recreated in Tony Hawk Pro Skater

Published: 7/Oct/2020 17:21

by Michael Gwilliam

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Super Smash Bros Melee introduced many playable fan-favorite stages such as Final Destination and Battlefield, though none may be more infamous than Hyrule Temple. Now, a fan has recreated the Zelda stage within Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2.

Hyrule Temple is an absolute blast to play in a casual setting as it’s one of the largest stages in the game and has five sections for players to battle in – three on the upper area, and two on the lower.

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Due to the stage’s layout and Smash’s casual scene consisting of items and multi-player brawls, it’s really the perfect battleground for chaos to ensue.

As it turns out, Hyrule Temple isn’t just a good Zelda-inspired Smash stage. It also makes for a pretty unique map in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater.

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Hyrule Temple has appeared in other Smash games since Melee.

Redditor Skramblez took to the popular site to share their recreation with the world. In a post titled “I recreated Hyrule Temple in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2,” the gamer showed off the map in a video accompanied by Zelda music.

As you can see in the video, the stage’s sections are split into their own variants of a skate park. Some of the smaller paths are replaced by rails for skaters to grind on, and there’s plenty of gaps to clear.

The edges of the stage are replaced with ramps, so you shouldn’t be flying off the stage like you’ve still taken a Ganondorf F-Smash at a high percentage.

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As a nice touch, and sticking with the Zelda lore, Skramblez even made the character look a bit like Link – at least the most Link-like the skateboarding game could allow for.

Instead of a green tunic, the player has a green hoodie. Instead of the green cap, it’s a beanie. However, the character does have long blonde hair, just like the Hero of Time.

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Don’t miss the Triforce hidden in the map.

According to Skramblez, it took fifteen hours to make the map. “The park editor’s not the most intuitive, but you can do a lot once you get used to it,” they explained.

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If you want to try it out for yourself, just search “Hyrule Temple” in custom parks on Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 on PC.