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'I'm not competing anymore, for now' - ZeRo announces his hiatus from competitive Smash 4

The world's best Smash 4 player will still be playing, just not attending tournaments

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • January 13, 2018 at 9:45 a.m. PST • Comments: 22

Toward the end of last year, we found ourselves pondering who exactly was the fighting game community's most dominant player. After quite a bit of consideration, our final answer wasn't a player from the Street Fighter or Mortal Kombat arenas, it was the 22 year old Smash 4 champion, Gonzalo "TSM|ZeRo" Barrios.

It's with a somber tone that we report Barrios' recent Twitter announcement stating his hiatus from competitive Smash 4 play.

In a three page statement, ZeRo expresses his need to escape the toxic situation he now finds himself in regarding his relationship to the game he's widely dominated for the last three and a half years. It seems the world class Smasher is not fully sold on the idea of a lifelong career as a competitive gamer.

"I want to allow myself to try and focus on something different," explains Barrios. "I want to release myself from the shackles of fear and prove [to] the little voice in the back of my head that I can succeed in something else."

The young champion notes ambitions of writing a book and learning a third language as examples of other avenues he wants to explore, and while we shouldn't expect to see him in tournaments, he reassures fans that he'll still be playing, streaming and making Smash 4 content.

What's more, while his passions for the most recent franchise title have died down, he mentions that an additional entry to the series (or even an update to the current one) will almost certainly bring him back to the tournament scene.

You can read ZeRo's statement in its entirety via the gallery below.

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We at EventHubs thank ZeRo for his entertaining and inspiring play over the last few years, and wish him the absolute best in his future endeavors, fighting game related or otherwise.

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