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Super Smash Bros. player banned from tournaments after slapping opponent

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • January 15, 2023 at 6:08 p.m. PST • Comments: 20

Although fighting games may be all about trading blows on the screen, we really need to keep it to the sets man.

A Super Smash Bros. Ultimate player going by the handle of IS|Oro has been indefinitely banned from competitions in the scene after apparently slapping an opponent during an Italian tournament.

Upon losing the set 3-0 and getting eliminated from Dehscension XII, Oro appears to stand up and slap his opponent, BestMario, across the face (almost knocking his glasses off) before going back to wrapping up his controller while continues to sit and hold his head.

This was all captured on the tournament's Twitch stream where those around the players quickly called out the bad behavior and major rules violation that had just occurred.

Smash Bros Italia organizers released a statement following the event announcing Oro is receiving an indefinite ban from tournaments moving forward with others in the area likely to follow if they haven't already.

It's perfectly natural to feel frustrated after a tough loss, but we really can't be laying hands on other people.

This is common sense to the vast majority of the fighting game community, so it's sad we still have to say this.

Oro had previously won Dehscension XI with a competitive history in Smash dating back to at least 2016.

He was also listed as an admin for Smash Bros Italia's events including this weekend's though that won't be the case in the future.

The now banned competitor has not released a statement on the physical altercation, and BestMario doesn't appear to be active on social media.

You can read Smash Bros Italia's full statement translated through Yandex Translate below.

In light of the unpleasant events that took place today during a tournament, the staff of Smash Bros Italia strongly condemns the actions of the player Oro and distance ourselves from his behavior.

The staff, unanimously, will indefinitely ban the player from all events organized by Smash Bros Italia.

Our priority is to care for and maintain a healthy and safe environment for every player, and to this end, we are committed to prevent the perpetrators of aggressive behavior, and we express our absolute support to anyone who is a victim of the same.

The staff of Smash Bros Italia

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