The Super Smash Bros Ultimate community is often a tight-knit one. That’s why the sudden retirement of Elliot “Ally” Carroza-Oyarce last week shook that community to the core.
The reason he announced his retirement was yet another gut punch. The Smash Pro, better known as Ally Ultimate, announced he was stepping away from esports competition because several years ago he had dated a fellow competitor who was apparently just 16-years-old at the time.
Ally started off his announcement with “sorry I’m late” and then immediately moved into the news that he won’t be active on Twitter anymore and is retiring from Smash “as of now”. He went on to explain the issue centers around another Super Smash Bros Ultimate player Captain Zack.
Sorry for the wait, I only got home yesterday night from CEO. Here are both my statements for everything that I had to address. I won't be active on Twitter and I'm retiring from Smash as of now. I'm extremely afraid but it has to be done. I'm really fucking sorry to everyone. pic.twitter.com/goxFbpRo3T
— Ally (@AllyUltimate) July 4, 2019
The older Smash Pro, who is 27-years-old, said the main reason he was making the statement is that he had lied about the relationship previously. It appears he finally felt it was time to come clean. It doesn’t appear that coming clean is going to be putting the situation behind him.
Kotaku reports that just two days after Carroza-Oyarce announced his retirement, an organization that sees itself as a kind of governing body for the Super Smash Bros community said the Smash Pro should have a lifetime ban placed on him.
While Ally apologized for his actions and appears to be ready, if a little scared, to be stepping away from the community, the other Smash Pro at the center of this controversy was ready to return to the public eye.
“Hi guys im back <3. Thank you to everyone who reached out to me I love you all. Regarding that ‘situation’, please don’t bring it up to me! It’s been taken care of, and I would like EVERYONE to move forward. Thank you!”
It’s a safe bet that those who are most invested in the Super Smash Bros community are looking forward to moving past this situation and returning focus to the tournaments and pros that make it one of the best in the world.