Smash Melee God PPMD explains why he doesn't enter netplay tournaments - Dexerto

Smash Melee God PPMD explains why he doesn’t enter netplay tournaments

Published: 29/Sep/2020 19:09

by Michael Gwilliam


Retired Super Smash Bros Melee pro and one of the game’s “five Gods”, Kevin ‘PPMD’ Nanney, has explained why he doesn’t enter netplay tournaments.

Despite being retired since 2016, the Marth-Falco main still streams Melee on his Twitch channel leading many to question why he doesn’t compete in online events.


With LAN events off the table for the foreseeable future, entering netplay tournaments for a streamer seems like a no brainer, which is why the Melee legend felt the need to set the record straight.

“The reason I don’t enter netplay tourneys is not truly because of Twitch chat. It’s not truly because of fear or whatever,” he began. “I mean, maybe there’s something that’s at the deeper root of that, but it’s not my conscious experience.”

PPMD sips Monster Energy
PPMD is one of Melee’s “five Gods.”

According to PPMD, the real reason he doesn’t enter tournaments is because he has chronic fatigue syndrome. “It makes me very tired,” he said. “It lowers my reactions. It makes me not play as well as I can. It makes me not learn from matches as well as I can.”

In most fighting games, being able to adapt to your opponent’s play style is instrumental in being able to pick up the win in the end. So, for PPMD to not be able to learn from the match, it can be a major blow to his performance.

He continued to elaborate on the issues with not being able to improve. “In fact, I learn very little from matches. I don’t really improve, so I can’t just do it for fun. I’d feel like I’m not getting anything and people will be misunderstanding that.”


That all said, there’s still a chance that PPMD will compete again, but the right conditions for himself have to be met.

“I’m not going to do it until I feel like I can actually do it and actually enjoy it and actually learn from it. And if you don’t accept and understand that, that’s fine. But this is my experience and this is also getting easier for me. So, I encourage you to stick around and watch the growth,” he told his viewers.

Hopefully, the Smash God can get the confidence to compete in tournaments again. The last time he competed was at 2017’s Bad Moon Rising event where he placed fourth in doubles while teaming with LoZR.


HenryG explains Cloud9’s CSGO player salaries after $400k floppy deal

Published: 7/Oct/2020 19:11

by Calum Patterson


Cloud9 have now confirmed that Ricky ‘floppy’ Kemery is the fourth player of their self-proclaimed CS:GO “colossus” roster, in a deal worth over $400,000, bringing their total to around $4 million in player contracts, with another two players still to go.

Floppy joined Cloud9 from ATK in January, and is now transitioning to the new ‘colossus’ roster alongside ALEX, mezii, and woxic.


The colossus began with the signing of ALEX from Vitality, whose deal is worth $1.65 million. He was joined by fellow brit Mezii on a $426,000 deal. Then, woxic was added from mousesports, in another deal surpassing the $1m mark, at $1,365,000.

This latest deal for floppy takes the total value of this 4-man squad to $3.87 million, and with two players to go (GM Henry  ‘HenryG’ Greer has plans for a six-player roster), is set to surpass the $4 million mark.


Since HenryG’s move from casting into a management role at C9, he has aimed to shake-up the traditionally opaque nature of esports transfer dealings.

In each of the four signings, Greer has confirmed the length of the player’s contract, and it’s total value over that period. All four players announced so far have been signed to three-year deals.

After the floppy announcement, Greer clarified on Twitter that despite the lower total value of deals for floppy and Mezii (compared to ALEX and woxic), each player’s deal is negotiated on an individual basis.


“Ricky has received a pay increase from his previous contract and that will be reviewed each year of his stay,” he concludes.

Presumably, salaries could increase based on performance metrics or other value added to the brand by the player, or as thanks for loyalty to the team.

After he was confirmed as the GM of Cloud9, Greer told Dexerto: “My plans for this team are certainly ambitious. I wouldn’t be involved in any sort of General Manager role unless I had absolute full control of the roster and direction we plan to head.

HenryG casting CS:GO at DreamHack event
HenryG is now at the helm of Cloud9’s CS:GO venture.

“C9 have entrusted me with their entire CS:GO dynasty and, honestly, I think that’s one of the boldest moves any org has made in a long time.”

HenryG and Cloud9’s new approach to player deals could very well set off a new trend in CS:GO and esports generally, though for now, they remain on solitary ground.