During an eSport tournament in Maryland, USA, the winner of the tournament was thrown a dead crab. After his final victory in Super Smash Bros. Melee, team liquid player Juan “Hungrybox” DeBiedma was nearly hit by the dead animal and did not find it funny.
What happened at the tournament? In “Pound 2019”, several players entered Super Smash Bros. Melee, the Smash Bros offshoot for the 2001 Gamecube. Despite the age of the game, it still has a large and active community.
The event was held from the 19th to the 22nd of April and next to Melee they also played the new Super Smash Bros. Ultimate . The winner of the single tournament was Hungrybox, who defeated the Cloud 9 player Joseph “Mango” Maquez and earned nearly $ 3,000 in prize money.
A fan apparently did not agree. Shortly after his victory, Hungrybox narrowly missed a crab thrown out of the audience. He picked her up and turned to the audience indignantly.
Who is Hungrybox? Hungrybox has been a household name in the Super Smash Bros. Melee community for several years. He is one of the best players in the world, but also one of the most unpopular.
The anger of the community over Hungrybox stems from his playing style. Hungrybox prefers the character Pummeluff for his fights, a character that is considered by many to be “against the meta”.
It is also a puffiness of Pummeluff to slow down laps. With the ability to put opponents to sleep, Pummeluff can often decide when and how battles take place. Hungrybox is therefore known for a slow style of play and as a “camper”, which many fans find boring.
Hungrybox later apologized on Twitter for his fierce reaction, even though most fans were not angry with him anyway, but could understand him.
Sorry for losing my temper. Someone threw a fucking raw crab at me. After a 5 set losers run. Barely missed my head.
What the fuck man
Anyway GGs, no clue how I won that
— hungrybox (@LiquidHbox) April 21, 2019
This is how the organizers feel about it: Even during the scene, the moderators of the event were indignant and called on the fans to show a little respect. It would not work to throw a dead crab.
The launcher was identified shortly afterwards and excluded from the event. The organizers did not want to make the name public, but to share it with other eSport organizers.
We will be perma banning the guy btw. Probably will not be releasing his name publicly but will be submitting it to other Tournament Organizers. We will make an official statement from the Pound Twitter sometime this week so everyone knows this was handled immediately.
— Aposl @ summer of smash (@VGBC_Aposl) April 22, 2019
They want to achieve that the crab-thrower is locked permanently for any event, to show that this is reacted to.
How would you deal with the crab-thrower?
While such scenes appear in the US, eSport is still growing in Germany: