Genesis 9, a major fighting game tournament, took place this weekend. There were stellar combos and massive upsets as the super major event for Super Smash Bros. Melee and Ultimate ended on January 22. Unfortunately, while the tournament was underway, one of Kazuya’s top Canadian players, Michael “Riddles” Kim, sparked heated discussions in Ultimatearound “best player privilege” and “ego issues” when he threw away his controller after losing a match.
Considered one of the best Kazuya and Terry dishes in Canada, Riddles is ranked ninth throughout North America. A member of the Team Liquid esports organization, Riddles has placed in the top 10 at almost every tournament he has entered, his last first place being at the November 2022 Path to Glory tournament in Saskatchewan where he won approximately $11,000 alongside first place. In short, the Super Smash Bros. the community sees Riddles as a goat. So knowing he was entering Genesis 9, a California tournament stacked to the brim with top talent such as player Steve acola and principal MKLeo de Marth, its ardent fans and interested spectators had been expecting it to happen. He did, but not to the level he, or the gaming community, might have hoped for.
Riddles found himself in the losing group after losing a tight set to Palutena player Chase. Riddles would win the next two games in that bracket, only to find himself facing Lucina’s French principal Nassim “Leon” Laib. The fight started off strongly in favor of Riddles. However, Leon had Riddles’ number on the speed dial, as Leon switched to Chrom and gave Riddles little room to breathe.
It all came to a head when, in the last fight, Leon absolutely bodied Riddles in spectacular fashion. Riddles lost that match. After sitting in his chair for a moment, frustration clearly visible on his face and his opponent no longer onscreen, Riddles harshly threw down his controller before leaving the arena.
People were puzzled by the upset because Riddles was a top seed, meaning he had to rank pretty high. Leon, however, is ranked 77th. The odds were still in Riddles’ favor, as evidenced by the faces of those around the two players. Besides congratulating Leon on his victory, most people were stunned by what happened. There were a few taking pictures of Riddle sulking in his chair, but most everyone else in the immediate vicinity was shaken.
It was that brief moment that ignited the Super Smash Bros. community in the discourse on popping off in a professional setting.
“You throw the controller,” one tweeter dit to uppercase puzzles. “Do you know how much you make people suffer? You lost [and] was dominated by a neutral character. You only cheese people at 0 so [fuck] disabled.”
“It’s called holding people accountable,” another tweeter said. “Something this community actually needs more.”
“No matter how humble he is, he still had this moment,” a third tweeter said. “If you give him a pass now, 9 out of 10 times it will happen again. Just stop fam lmao. Everyone has those moments, we understand, but doing it like that just goes to show why MVP is a thing.
The comments on the YouTube video above aren’t much better, with some agreeing that Riddles “has no right to be salty or mad” and that he’s “a little baby” who needs to “get back on his feet.” “. Others laughed at the incident, while a few people memorized his name, calling him “Shittles” instead. One person even said that Riddles had “insane ego issues” for reacting that way. Hush.
This is because Riddles directs Kazuya Mishima, one of tekkenprotagonists, the 81st fighter being part of Super Smash Bros UltimateFighters Pass Vol. 2, and a notorious character in the game scene. Kazuya is a combo-heavy fighter in Ultimaterelying mainly on its electric wind god fist to stun opponents and rack up heavy damage. Kazuya, and this chilling movement in particular, have been thorns in the side of the community, with Ultimate players regularly asking for Kazuya (as well as Steve from Minecraft) to be banned from using the tournament. In short, Riddles gets a lot of hate because of the character he plays, and his loss to Leon and the resulting outburst on camera was an excuse to pile on, to the point that Riddles ended up deactivating his account. Twitter.
my city contacted Riddles for comment.
In Twitter DMs with my city, Leon said he was both scared and motivated by Riddles, ready to face him in the Genesis 9 competition. Leon didn’t expect to beat Riddles, however, saying he was “very surprised and shocked to do so with his secondary character, Chrom. He also wasn’t totally surprised by Riddle’s reaction to the upset afterwards, though he didn’t completely agree with his opponent’s behavior.
“[Riddles’ reaction was] completely [unwarranted] in any type of major competition. It’s easy to see,” Leon said. “Launch your own controller at [release] frustration is not the best solution, but it concerns only him and himself. As long as he respects his opponents (which I did), there’s nothing gross about it. [about what he did]. I would also be sad and frustrated to leave the tournament so soon.
Not everyone is trolling Riddles for how he popped up in Genesis 9. Several top players, from former contestant Yonni to renowned player Justin Wong to Aaron Wilhite of Moist Esports, defended Riddles’ actions. It’s a little ironic when you think about it, because a few days before the launch of Genesis 9, an Italian To break the player was banned from future tournaments after literally slapping his opponent during a livestream. For his part, Riddles took out his frustration on an inanimate object and announced that he would take a long break from his Discord. I’m not entirely sure what the community expects of Riddles, or top players in general, but asking them to be robots and show no emotion is just not that. I mean, I still occasionally throw my controllers away because video games make me angry. It’s human nature, right? At least Riddles didn’t go after his competitor.