With competitive gaming, the age of professional players is getting younger by the minute. It’s like the sponsors have a Spider-Man complex or something. But the 15-year-old Smash Bros. sensation Zack “CaptainZack” Lauth has become the third player in the game to sign with Phoenix1.
Smash Bros is one of the most competitive games on the tournament scene and perhaps one of the most fast-paced. For him to get picked up by the multi-platform team means that he’s something special. Even though he’s ranked 20th in the world, that’s impressive compared to how many people play.
His main character, Bayonetta, is a witch who kills angels in her self-titled game, but in Smash she can either be your best or worst character. He’s gotten further than anyone who uses Bayo in the competitive circuit, placing in the top-8 in tournaments. At such a young age in a competitive esport, he has a lot more to worry about than pressing buttons.
He has to remain focused and dedicated to the game now more than ever because you have a whole team watching you. It’s not like the locals where you show up, do your own thing and leave. You’re representing a whole group whose goal is to win. I hope that he can handle the pressure and not break, and let’s also not forget about school. All I had to worry about as a kid is getting pimples and wasting stuff on my clothes at lunch.
Sidenote: for those who don’t understand gaming, it is almost likely that males are going to use female characters and vice versa. With him and his main getting signed and now having more time to play, is the formula that newcomers should follow.
CaptainZack is now professionally in the ranks of Gonzalo “ZeRo” Barrios, Elliot “Ally” Carroza-Oyarce and Ramin “Mr. R” Delshad. The advantage that he has over them is he has a lot more time to grow in the game.