Sound the trumpets, alert the people, Jason “Mew2King” Zimmerman has parted ways with Empire Arcadia.
This news comes from the man himself, via a Reddit post describing the circumstances that led to this decision. “I told [Isaiah “Triforce” Johnson] I was leaving [Empire Arcadia] because I wasn’t paid on time (and much less than promised when I was),” he describes. “I consider myself a very nice person (although also a very misunderstood one) but even I have my limits on patience and fairness. I guess he didn’t think I would keep my word.”
Details of the split first surfaced last night courtesy of a tweet from Empire Arcadia themselves. Zimmerman notes in his story that he was planning to announce the news himself after Apex 2015, but had his hand forced by what he sees as a public relations move on the organization’s part.
Zimmerman first joined Empire Arcadia back in 2009, sticking with them over the years and accepting additional sponsorships from groups like CLASH Tournaments and Play-4-Keeps periodically, though the latter was less than beneficial. “[Play-4-Keeps] was also a total scam,” he mentions later on in his post. “I never got anything from them. I have definitely learned some life lessons from all of this. Unfortunately, my bank/wallet paid the price for my being too nice/dumb.”
As one of the most dominant players in Smash history, with tournament victories in every game the series offers, Zimmerman has long been thought of as one of the scene’s “gods,” comprising the upper echelon of competition alongside Joseph “Mango” Marquez, Juan “Hungrybox” Debiedma, Kevin “PPMD” Nanney, and former Empire Arcadia teammate Adam “Armada” Lindgren.
While each of those aforementioned players have found homes at prominent competitive gaming organizations, Zimmerman has continued to flounder even though his skills are far from diminishing. The most recent exhibition of his strength came from Kumite in Tennessee 15, which saw the veteran take home first in Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, and Project M.
Of course, no one can say for sure what Zimmerman’s future entails, but this is obviously a very important first step in achieving the same success as his contemporaries. We expect he won’t stay a free agent for long.