A match fixing scandal has reportedly shaken the competitive scene of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in North America. Zack Lauth, a player named CaptainZack in the professional combat scene, announced on Twitter that he was denied entry into the upcoming Super Smash Con tournament, which will start in Virginia in a few days.
This ban was put on Lauth after he published a statement about Twitlonger, in which he said he was frustrated with his poor performance at competitive events and decided to hire a now-former professional player named Elliott "Ally" Carroza-Oyarce blackmail. He instructed the player to lose in several major competitions against various high-profile opponents. Carroza-Oyarce happened to be in a relationship with Lauth (who was a minor at the time) and withdrew from the smash scene after receiving a life-long ban. Never again trying to manipulate a game result
A representative of Smash Con further explained the situation to Polygon:
According to Zack on Twitter, Super Smash Con tournament staff found it unreasonable to allow Zack to participate in our event. The attempt to fix the result of a match is strictly forbidden in our rules and these are the reasons why this decision was made.
Since the release of these tweets, Lauth has been sponsored "Polar Ace Esports for" Blackmail, Game Manipulation and Irresponsible Behavior "and has been targeted by the wider Smash Bros. community for their integrity large-scale competitions has endangered.