After a flurry of major sponsorships hit the Super Smash Bros. community over the past few months, it appears one of the largest community organizations is prepared to take a step back. Mark “Chibo” Korsak, owner of CLASH Tournaments, took to Reddit this morning to announced he has released both Jason “Mew2King” Zimmerman and Adam “Armada” Lindgren from their contractual obligations.
Korsak is quick to mention that there is no ill will between CLASH Tournaments and the players involved, stating that this decision was made mostly to distance themselves from Empire Arcadia, the “development company” both Zimmerman and Lindgren are represented by.
Korsak’s full statement on the matter can be found below.
I regret to inform all of you today that we are releasing Mew2King and Armada from the CLASH Tournaments line up. This is something I did not want to do, but had to happen due to a number of events and decisions. This is not a hostile break up of any means, and at least I still personally consider myself on good terms with both players, and still welcome their company at any events I work with.
I feel that with much of the recent news breaking about rumors circulating EMP, it is best for us to distance ourselves from them as a company. I do not wish to confirm, deny, or comment on accusations brought against them out of professional respect, but it is not an organization we wish to be represented with. We tried to work this out with both Mew2King and Armada together, though we were unfortunately unable to reach a deal that was in our best intentions as a growing company.
It especially is painful for me to see this happen, it’s a big shift in our lineup. Mew2King was one of the first two players brought on the CT team, along with ZeRo over two years ago. I have paid and provided to Mew2King every single month since then, more than any other sponsor he has worked with. My original intent with launching the sponsor program was for two reasons: to help give back to the community with the profit I was making and further rewarding some of our best players, and to help refine the image of Mew2King, the player who is truly the face of Smash. In an era coming out of the MLG 2010 drama and where ‘Mew2King stories’ were ever so popular, I hoped to try and help him become a more marketable and presentable player and name for our community. Have I succeeded? I’m not sure, but I like to think that he’s made many significant strides in the community since that time.
I wish both players the best of luck in their future endeavors, especially in the busy tournament season coming up. Best of luck at MLG, Evo, and CEO, and Armada specifically for the time he will be spending in the states coming up soon.
I understand this may upset some of you, but this is a decision we had to make for the best interest of everyone involved. I hope you all remain fans of these players, of CT, and for the upcoming new players we will soon be revealing.
Zimmerman plans to stick with Empire Arcadia for the foreseeable future, but has also found new sponsorship with Play-For-Keeps.
While Zimmerman and Lindgren are without a doubt two of the best Smashers on the scene today, CLASH Tournaments still has a fantastic roster of players in the wings, including Tyrell “Nakat” Coleman, Saleem “Salem” Young, Gonzalo “ZeRo” Barrios, and Smash 64 legend Joel “Isai” Alvarado.