Juan “Hungrybox” Debiedma had just come off a long tournament run of beating some of the best in Super Smash Bros. Melee when he took to the stage for a winner’s interview. Debiedma used the opportunity to hold an impassioned rally for the grassroots that makes Smash happen, with choice words for a “certain company.”
Coming off a strenuous grand finals at Smash ‘N’ Splash 3, his opponent from the loser’s bracket, William “Leffen” Hjelte, took him to the final set, where Debiedma secured a 3-1 win. It was a late night in the Wisconsin Dells, and when he took the stage, Debiedma had some things to say about the Smash community.
“I’m happy for ya, but now we gotta nuke the VOD because you said the F-word twice,” said the host. Debiedma took the mic back.
“Listen, we’re not supposed to be this friendly old esports community, we came here from the gutter ourselves. We can say whatever the damn hell we want,” said Debiedma.
Riling up the crowd further, Debiedma calls out the lack of support the game has supposedly received from its publisher. Nintendo doesn’t support the Smash scene like other publishers (Capcom, for instance) do, and even creator Masahiro Sakurai has been slow to accept his game has a competitive following.
“A certain company that acknowledges us but refuses to push us, I hope you’re listening right now, because I want you to hear this,” said Debiedma. “I want you to hear the amount of people who support this league, the amount of people who want this to be a lifestyle for people. This is not just a video game, this is a lifestyle.”
The winner closed out his speech by thanking those who came out to watch and play Super Smash Bros., and the community who had backed the event.
“If you go 0 and 2 in events, if you come just for the idea, the fact that you love watching this, you mean the fucking world to me,” said Debiedma. “You’ve changed my life. Thank you.”