Last night, Justin “Wizzrobe” Hallett secured his legacy as one of the greatest all-around Super Smash Bros. players of all time, qualifying for top eight in both Smash Ultimate and Melee at Smash’N’Splash 5 before winning the latter over a deeply stacked field. Despite these plaudits, however, Wizzrobe has been a free agent since January 3, when he was released from Excelerate Gaming in a cloud of controversy.
Wizzrobe, a member of Melee’s top 10 since 2017, is also one of the world’s strongest Smash 64 players, leaving many observers baffled as to why he has remained unsponsored for so many months.
Wizzrobe’s reserved personality may make him an unappetizing prospect for top-tier esports organizations. In an era of esports that is increasingly defined by influencers, Wizzrobe’s relatively quiet social media presence leads him to fly under the radar compared to more outgoing players with inferior tournament results. For example, both Larry “Larry Lurr” Holland and Jason “ANTi” Bates scored lucrative sponsorships with T1 in April despite lackluster results in Smash Ultimate.
But Wizzrobe is undoubtedly a prominent force in the world of Smash—it’s just that his popularity is drawn from his immaculate play within the game itself, not a curated social media identity. He may not tweet as often as the other guys, but viewership of the Smash’N’Splash 5 Ultimate stream still dropped by nearly 10,000 viewers following Wizzrobe’s elimination at the hands of Samuel “Dabuz” Buzby.
With Wizzrobe poised to become the next “god” of Melee—and with his star rising in Ultimate—he is a prime pick for any organization looking to dive into the Smash community. And if the chanting of the in-venue crowd following Wizzrobe’s Melee victory is to be believed, the Florida native brings legions of fans to whichever organization chooses to pick him up.