“Tempo Storm” S2J
Interesting news recently for Chu and S2J. S2J is someone I thought would never get signed. (I guess the reality is that Smoke2Jointz won’t get signed but S2J will)
He was a good enough of a player to get signed, just didn’t have enough exposure to getting signed for a long time. (Similar to Lucky or Silentwolf, both who are signed currently) Interestingly Westballz went to G2E and Axe stayed at Tempo Storm. This allowed for a slot to be open and S2J apparently claimed it.
(Clip made by Mike Haze)
Chu has notoriously been dropped from multiple teams and picked up as well. Mortality Esports, Root Gaming, and now has been picked up by VGBC.
It is difficult for a person from the documentary but few results to get a sponsor. Ken, KDJ, Chillin, and others all got sponsors very quickly and retained them. Finding Chu a sponsor is similar to finding Azen a sponsor, or Isai. His lack of amazing placings leaves him in a situation where sponsors may support him, but drop him later.
Back in the PM days I asked why Pink Fresh was not sponsored by VGBC. His PM days are probably over, but he was pretty good almost taking out M2K in bracket.
What does this mean?
It helps legitimize Melee as an Esport and Smash 4, and shows the scene’s growth as a whole. Pretty much all of the top 20 have a legitimate sponsor now. Some notable top names without sponsors are:
Hopefully we see other teams pick up a smash player.