Pro Smash player Ally retires after admitting to dating underage boy

By Olivia Richman


Jul 5, 2019

Reading time: 2 min

A tweet from Elliot Bastien “Ally” Carroza-Oyarce has shaken up the competitive Smash Bros community. 

“Sorry for the wait, I only got home yesterday night from CEO. Here are both my statements for everything that I had to address. I won’t be active on Twitter and I’m retiring from Smash as of now. I’m extremely afraid but it has to be done. I’m really fucking sorry to everyone.”

In the tweet, Ally admitted that he had been dating a fellow pro Smash player, Zack “CaptainZack” Lauth, when CaptainZack was 16 and Ally was 27. This was something Ally had previously denied, even after Smash player Tamin Omary had accused Ally of the act just a few months ago. 

Despite the controversy dying down after Omary’s initial accusations, it appears that it’s been weighing down on Ally over the past few months. He called the time mentally rough, one in which he’d constantly wondered if things would turn out okay. According to his tweet, they didn’t. 

“I’m going to admit I dated Zack. I didn’t do him any wrongs but it was a stupid mistake regardless and I’m really sorry for not saying it until now. I was really scared. I’m sorry Tanim for lying to you about dating him,” Ally said. 

The Smash community seemed disturbed by Ally’s admission. Many accused Ally of “grooming a minor,” since CaptainZack was underage at the time of the incident. Others felt the situation was ignored because of Ally’s talent in Smash, since many in the game’s community didn’t want to stop Ally from competing. 

Shortly after Ally’s admission, CaptainZack also addressed the issue. 

“Regarding that ‘situation,’ please don’t bring it up to me! It’s been taken care of, and I would like EVERYONE to move forward. Thank you!” CaptainZack tweeted. 

Ally was well known in the Smash community, especially in Canada, since he is from Quebec. Ally was most admired for his talent with Solid Snake. He was also considered one of the best Smash Bros 4 players of all time, usually compared to Los Angeles’ Gonzalo “ZeRo” Barrio.

Ally placed third at CEO just days before announcing his sudden retirement.