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Poilon Software has welcomed Shephard “Fiction” Lima as its newest Super Smash Bros. Melee player. Fiction announced that he had joined the organization in a tweet on Feb. 10.
Poilon Software was founded by a former Super Smash Bros. Melee player from France, Paul-Armand “Poilon” Assus. While the company is primarily focused on software development, Poilon has also used it to support competitive Smash players.
Fiction is the first American player to join Poilon’s esports team. Previously, Poilon had only sponsored European players. Most notable among these is Álvaro “Trif” García Moral. Fiction noted that this is only intended to be a temporary sponsorship and that he’s still searching for better opportunities.
This is the second in a string of top-level Melee player sponsorships. Fiction’s Poilon sponsorship follows that of Zain Naghmi, who joined the Golden State Warriors’ Golden Guardians on Feb. 6. Currently, Cody “iBDW” Schwab is the highest-ranked free agent in Super Smash Bros. Melee.
Happy to announce that I am now sponsored by @Poilon!
The owner is a veteran smasher with a sick falco. He made a successful web/app development company and wants to invest some of it into smash!
Very thankful for this opportunity! pic.twitter.com/yj0xKhGWZG
— Fiction (@FictionIRL) February 10, 2020
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Fiction’s road to a sponsorship by Poilon has certainly been a long and arduous one. He first debuted in Melee’s top 100 back in 2013, when he finished as No. 31 in the world. On the 2014 rankings, he climbed up to No. 17. After dropping down to No. 38 in 2015, Fiction went on an extended hiatus due to a hand injury.
However, his attendance significantly ramped up in 2018, as he made a return to the rankings at No. 28. Last year proved to be Fiction’s best yet, as he finished 12th in the world on the 2019 MPGR. He had wins over the likes of Justin “Wizzrobe” Hallett, Justin “Plup” McGrath, Cody “iBDW” Schwab, and Jason “Mew2King” Zimmerman.
Already, Fiction’s 2020 is off to a fantastic start. He placed 5th at Genesis 7 and 1st at Saving Mr. Lombardi 2. In the process, he has accrued an impressive résumé of wins, boasting wins over Edgard “n0ne” Sheleby and Griffin “Captain Faceroll” Williams, as well as a 4-0 record over iBDW. His partnership with Poilon Software marks another exciting development in Fiction’s Melee career.
Dylan Tate is an alumnus of the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a gaming journalist with a love for Nintendo esports, particularly Super Smash Bros. and Pokémon.