Zack "CaptainZack" Lauth, a 15-year-old Super Smash Bros. for Wii U player, has signed with multigame esports organization Phoenix1, making him the third Smasher to join the team.
The Bayonetta main joins Smash 4 player Gavin "Tweek" Dempsey along with Melee player James "Duck" Ma.
"I'm very excited to have this opportunity to perform under an organization. I will not let the team down," CaptainZack said in a news release.
CaptainZack is considered the second-best Bayonetta solo-main in the world, and is ranked 20th on Panda Global Rankings v2. But he's more known for his Bayonetta-inspired dance moves he performs after a win. His moves have both caught the adulation and ridicule of Smash fans. But Phoenix1 is embracing CaptainZack's personality.
"If he's acting in a way that is fun for the fans and doesn't harm the competitiveness of the sport, we're all for it," said Michael Moore, managing partner for P1.
Now that the 15-year-old Smasher is backed by a top professional organization, he'll have the financial support to dedicate more time to practicing and competing.
"By bringing CaptainZack into the Phoenix1 team, it means he earns a salary and also that we will be covering all the travel and hotel expenses so he can focus on his gameplay, and his dance moves," said Charlie Lipsie, director of business development at Phoenix1.
CaptainZack has had a strong 2017 overall, placing top eight in multiple tournaments. His highest, most recent placing was second at Glitch 3 in May. He also came in fourth this past March at 2GGC: Civil War in which almost every top Smash 4 player was in attendance.