No doubt if you’re part of the Super Smash Brothers community you will have heard of Gonzalo “ZeRo” Barrios. Barrios has announced today that he’s retiring from the competitive scene after years of wins. Game Informer says that Barrios has a world record for most consecutive tournament wins in the game, at 53 wins in a row. Here’s what he has to say about why he’s decided to take a step back from the competitive scene for the time being.
“I love this game, I really do,” Barrios posted on Twitter. “However, I just don’t have that ‘fire’ that I used to have for Smash 4. I used to be able to push myself so easily and without effort back in the day . . . but nowadays, I pretty much have to force myself to do it.”
“I anticipate I will want to participate once again in tournaments once the next iteration of Smash Bros. is on the horizon,”
“I will stream Smash and make Youtube video [sic] and all that fun stuff. It’s strictly competing, like in highly stressful tournaments and super competitive rankings that I’m moving away from.”
“I want to write that book I always dream about,” he said in his statement. “I want to learn a third language and allow myself to experience a different world. I want to take care of my body the way it deserves to be treated as I age more moving forward.”