Professional Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo Wii player Gonzalo “ZeRo” Barrios has announced that he is taking a break from the game. The news came after being declared the top-ranked player in the Panda Global rankings.
In his letter posted on Twitter he explains that he “just don’t have that ‘fire’ that I used to have for Smash 4.”
Along with the release of PGRv4 I am also announcing the future of my competitive journey in Smash 4. I've attached 3 more pictures to this tweet which contain my letter to the Smash community.
I did my very best for as long as I could.
Thank you so much for all your support. pic.twitter.com/JVNBh3rqRW
— 『 ZeRo 』 (@TSMZeRo) January 12, 2018
At 22 years old, Barrios has been dominating the Super Smash Bros scene holding a 78% win rate. This is especially impressive when you remember that he plays against opponents which make up the top 50 players in the world.
While ZeRo confirmed that he isn’t retiring altogether and stated that he does anticipate returning to the scene sometime in the future with suggestions that it could come when Nintendo releases the next in the series. Until his return to professional play, he will still be streaming and will be making YouTube videos.
Super Smash Bros. is available now on the WiiU.