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Top 10 Highest Earning Super Smash Bros Players – Updated September 23 2019

Published: 8/Jan/2019 2:06 Updated: 23/Sep/2019 17:18

by Kamil Malinowski

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Super Smash Bros. boasts some of the longest-standing players in all of esports with some having played for over a decade, which means it’s not too surprising to see that some of them have racked up an impressive amount of earnings.

While the Super Smash Bros. franchise has been in existence since 1999 with the release of the original game on the Nintendo 64, the series didn’t gain an esports presence until a few years into the lifespan of the second game, Super Smash Bros. Melee.

Melee has been a staple of the esports scene since its original inclusion in the Major League Gaming Pro Circuit back in 2004.

While Melee has been heavily featured at the Evolution Championship Series over the last several years, the community was dealt a heavy blow when it was not chosen for the 2019 edition of the popular tournament series. 

Despite the setback, Melee is still considered the crown jewel for many Smash players around the world. 

The series’ later entrants, Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. Wii U, have each had their own places at various tournaments over the years, but they have failed to muster the support and attention of the community.

However, the latest version, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, became an instant success and is quickly closing the gap on Melee.

Given that Melee has been the focus of the Smash competitive scene, it’s no surprise to see that Melee players make up the majority of this list, paired with their Wii U counterparts filling a few spaces. Ultimate players are not far behind, however, and multiple players are shooting up the rankings thanks to the game’s large prize pools and active competitive scene. 

Robert PaulTeam Liquid’s Hungrybox dominates the rankings.

At the very top of the list is Team Liquid’s Juan ‘Hungrybox’ Debiedma, who is widely considered as one of the best Melee players of all time.

The first non-Melee player comes in fourth as Leonardo “MKLeo” Perez jumped up through the rankings thanks to an Ultimate victory at EVO 2019. Meanwhile, Smash Bros. Wii U legend Gonzalo ‘ZeRo’ Barrios maintains a high ranking despite having a slow year, and looks to be making a return to competition with Ultimate. 

The top 10 highest earning Super Smash Bros. pros as of September 23 2019, according to esportsearnings.com, can be found below.

Top 10 Highest Earning Super Smash Bros. Pro Players – Updated September 23, 2019

Position Name Nationality Earnings
1st Hungrybox United States $342,008.19
2nd Armada Sweden $311,692.72
3rd Mew2King United States $274,464.72
4th MKLeo Mexico $186,921.79
5th ZeRo Chile $182,921.64
6th Mang0 United States $175,660.65
7th Leffen Sweden $152,177.45
8th Nairo United States $122,631.25
9th Dabuz United States $116,228.66
10th Ally Canada $114,514.99
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New Smash Ultimate fighter theory rules out fan-favorites as next DLC

Published: 25/Nov/2020 19:11 Updated: 25/Nov/2020 19:17

by Michael Gwilliam

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A new theory in the Super Smash Bros Ultimate community suggests that the next DLC character won’t be one of the popular favorites for Fighters Pass Volume 2.

The theory has to do with the latest tournament event announced by Nintendo. As revealed on November 24, the upcoming tournament will only feature fighters who have a form of headwear such as a hat or helmet.

Normally these events come and go with fans not really reading too much into them, but there is a good chance that Nintendo would want a new fighter to partake in an event such as this.

Basically, if the next DLC fighter was going to be a character such as Doom Slayer, Geno or Ryu Hayabusa, they would have qualified for this event. As such, it would have made more sense to save this tournament until after they released.

Over on the popular forum Smashboards, fans started speculating what this could mean for future DLC.

“The tourney suggests that the next fighter does NOT have a hat, since they cannot be included,” wrote user Aerospherology.

“Considering Mega Man is also there, this includes helmets too,” another pointed out.

Megaman attacks in Smash
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The headgear event includes helmets such as Megaman’s.

User pupNapoleon further noted that this would rule out Master Chief, Doom Guy, Excite Biker, Balloon Fighter and Mach Rider.

Furthermore, when considering full hoods, Mortal Kombat’s Scorpion and Ninja Gaiden’s Ryu Hayabusa get deconfirmed.

Smash Ultimate DLC fighters spots
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There are still four more DLC spots left.

While the odds seem to definitely be against Geno for now, on the bright side, this could be a good sign for a fighter such as Crash Bandicoot who has long been rumored for Smash DLC.

Of course, this is still just a theory and it’s more than possible that the next fighter ends up coming with a hat or helmet. Nonetheless, it’s something to consider when thinking about just who the eighth DLC character to join the Smash Ultimate roster will actually be.