WATCH: Following Physical Misconduct, Lifetime Ban Imposed on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Player

Published 01/19/2023, 7:15 AM EST

Toxicity occurs as a prevailing issue in the video gaming community. Some do it just for the sake of it while some just take the infamous route that lands them in trouble. In multiplayer gaming, players might get away with a warning followed by a ban notice. However, this becomes serious when it happens in a professional competitive environment like a recent incident during a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament.

Usually, in a competitive environment, banter is something that is accepted till it doesn’t cross the line of the mode of conduct. Players are often handed a document to revise with the rules of the tournament, violating which could land them in troubled lands. And a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate player’s unaccepted behavior did jeopardize his career.

A player engages in physical violence during a Smash Bros Italia tournament

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As tweeted by the Twitter account Walid (@LiberezWalid_), an Italian player by the name of Oro was seen slapping his opponent after a 3-0 elimination defeat during a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament. The video clip included in the tweet and attached below, shows Oro losing a best-of-5 fixture to his opponent BestMario.

As the last bout ended, Oro stood up to slap his opponent seated next to him which was captured through the player cam. No physical response or altercation was initiated by BestMario. Following this, the Italian gaming community did absorb the seriousness of the situation leading to the authorities releasing a statement regarding Oro’s behavior.

How did the authorities respond to the situation?

Mentioning that Smash Bros Italia’s first priority is the players’ safety and maintaining a healthy environment, the authority declared their decision on the one-sided altercation by Oro. They said, “In light of the unfortunate events that took place today during a tournament, the Smash Bros Italia staff strongly condemns the actions of the Gold player and distances himself from his behavior.”

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They further said, “The staff will unanimously remove the player from all events organized by Smash Bros Italia indefinitely,” as per the Google Translate result posted by the Twitter account Professor (@ProfessorSSB). Thus, it can be safely said that such behavior is at no cost tolerable.

Smash Bros Italia did understand the seriousness of it and what could’ve turned into a serious situation had the two players retaliated. Hence, it is hoped that every tournament carries out with sheer competitive spirit limited to the gaming servers only.

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Astitava Kaushik

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Astitava Kaushik is an eSports writer at EssentiallySports. He holds a Master's degree in Media and Communication studies. Throughout the years, he has developed a knack for writing and deems to explore the skill in the eSports field, with games like Valorant, FIFA, and Call of Duty holding a very special place in his heart.

Edited By: Jito Tenson

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