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Smash pro explains why he raged and punched wall at tournament

Published: 12/Sep/2019 16:10 Updated: 12/Sep/2019 21:31

by Michael Gwilliam

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Super Smash Bros Ultimate pro Matt ‘Elegant’ Fitzpatrick could be facing a suspension following an outburst after a loss at Wednesday Night Fights on September 11. 

UPDATE – September 12 at 2:28 PM

In a series of tweets, Elegant has apologized for what happened and said he has never felt so ashamed.  He revealed that after losing everything in a robbery it reached a boiling point. A GoFundMe has been started for his family.

Original story follows…


Elegant, who is considered to be the best Luigi player in the world, was facing off against Jesus ‘MastaMario’ Fragoza in the Winners Semis side of the bracket. The best of five series went the distance with a single hit being the difference between a victory and a defeat. 

While Elegant tried, Luigi yet again played second fiddle to Mario with MastaMario emerging triumphant with a 3-2 match win.

A clear distraught Elegant showed no ill will towards his opponent and shook his hand, but immediately marched away from the stream. At 18:37 of the video above you see the end of the match and its aftermath with the Luigi main looking upset.

Moments later, the 2GG Gaming broadcast showed a dent in the wall at the eSports Arena. “As you can see there, a bit of a dent in the wall,” the commentator duo described. “I wasn’t going to bring it up… this was just what happened here.”

It would also seem that it wasn’t just losing the match that set the Smash prodigy off.

Elegant’s mom posted on Twitter to say that a moving van with everything they own had been stolen. She wrote that the family had been staying in a hotel because their new home “fell through”. 

If this is true, then it’s obvious that Elegant had other things on his mind than just the match he lost and could have had emotions boiling over.

After the incident, the pro disqualified himself from the rest of the tournament.

2GG co-founder Jmex told Dexerto there will be internal discussions regarding the incident in order to decide what actions to take. As of this posting, however, Elegant has not yet been suspended.

Once a decision has been made, a statement will be released.

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TikTokers Josh Richards & Griffin Johnson become Royal Ravens co-owners

Published: 1/Dec/2020 15:00

by Albert Petrosyan

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TikTok superstars and original members of the Sway House, Josh Richards and Griffin Johnson, have become investors in ReKTGlobal, the parent company of the Call of Duty League’s London Royal Ravens franchise and Rogue.

The news was announced on December 1 as two of the biggest names on TikTok have officially become co-owners of the London Royal Ravens and Rogue of the League of Legends European Championship (LEC).

“Griffin and Josh have uniquely captured the attention of Generation Z and beyond, and their influence is undeniable. They are both incredible additions to the ReKTGlobal ownership team,” said Dave Bialek, CEO of ReKTGlobal. “They have strong business instincts, a unique talent for developing viral content, and an understanding of how to connect with younger audiences and casual gamers.”

Combined, Richards (23.4M) and Johnson (9.8M) boast over 33 million followers on TikTok as well as similarly huge numbers on most main social media platforms. ReKTGlobal envisions their massive online presence will play a key role as the pair will develop new content, merchandise collaborations, and promotions with the Royal Ravens and Rogue.

Josh Richards and Griffin Johnson join ReKTGlobal
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Josh Richards and Griffin Johnson repping merch from the teams they now co-own.

“They are natural-born hustlers and have leveraged their TikTok fame to step into acting and music, becoming entrepreneurs and investors in the process,” Bialek added. “We couldn’t be more excited to welcome them to the ReKTGlobal family as we continue to bridge the gap between the world of esports, entertainment and pop culture.”

Griffin Johnson shared similar sentiments as the news of their investment became public, having roots as an avid gamer and Call of Duty fan.

“The fact that I can now say I own a part of London Royal Ravens and Team Rogue is unbelievably surreal,” he said. “I am thankful to Dave and Amish for allowing me into the ReKTGlobal family with open arms. Can’t wait to get to work and help bridge the gap between traditional social media and esports.”

ReKTGlobal is a huge esports org
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ReKTGlobal’s reach and presence in esports is massive.

As for Josh Richards, this isn’t the first time he’s been involved with ReKTGlobal; in May 2020, his creator management company, TalentX Entertainment, embarked on a joint venture with ReKTGlobal called TalentX Gaming, a talent management company with a focus on gaming and esports athletes and content creators.

“Coming on as an investor to ReKTGlobal was genuinely a no-brainer,” he commented. “After a few meetings with the C-suite at ReKTGlobal, I knew this was something I wanted to be a part of.”

The TikTok megastars are the latest in a long list of celebrity figures who have joined ReKTGlobal as investors, including legendary DJ Steve Aoki, Grammy-winning rock band Imagine Dragons, international producer Nicky Romero, NBA defensive star Rudy Gobert, NFL player Landon Collins, and, most recently, star YouTuber Vikkstar.