Storied Super Smash Bros. organization Most Valuable Gaming (MVG) has picked up Super Smash Bros. for Wii U competitor Andrew "ScAtt" Huntley, one of Georgia's best players.
ScAtt is widely regarded as one of the best Mega Man players within the game, a character which made its Super Smash Bros. debut in 2014 in Smash for Wii U. Over the past nine months, ScAtt has performed increasingly well at major tournaments with the character.
"Being a sponsored player was definitely not on the list of things that I would even imagine being; just playing the game with a character that I liked was more than enough, so getting this opportunity feels so surreal," ScAtt tells ESPN.com regarding his new team. "I'm blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of a growing family in MVG and I hope that we'll be able to grow the scene, ourselves, and others into a place where we can all have the chance to enjoy our hobby the way we want to enjoy it."
While most Smash players use the Gamecube controller when competing, ScAtt uses the Wii remote and nunchuk controller. Despite his atypical controller preferences, ScAtt has proven to be a top player within the Smash for Wii U scene. He placed 25th last year at Community Effort Orlando 2015, then improved significantly later in the year, placing seventh at the Major League Gaming World Finals and fourth at Tipped Off 11. This year, he's taken second at Final Round 19 and 13th at Pound 2016.
ScAtt is joining an organization that has a rich history of managing top players and running Smash tournaments. The team is best known for working with Super Smash Bros. Melee legend Jason "Mew2King" Zimmerman, who is often called a "god" of the competitive arena, but it also works with Smash for Wii U players Tommy "Ryo" Janky and Darius "CherubiKnighT" Gotay. The organization has also produced several tournaments, including the recent Shots Fired 2 event in New Jersey.
"With his abilities as a player, and as a person on/off the controller, ScAtt was an individual that became increasingly harder and harder to resist for us," Most Valuable Gaming management tells ESPN. "His mentality to always 'Aim a little higher,' mixed with his relaxed demeanor, meshes perfectly with the type of player we wanted as an addition to our current roster. He has a certain level of poise that we believe is essential to our team."
The pickup comes as the sixth Smash for Wii U signing in the last week, alongside the likes of Counter Logic Gaming's signing of James "VoiD" Makekau-Tyson, Dream Team's acquisition of Samuel "Dabuz" Buzby and Jason "ANTi" Bates, eLevate's pickup of Larry "Larry Lurr" Holland, and Panda Global welcoming Albert "Trela" Miliziano.
Like many of his fellow fresh signings, ScAtt's first competition under his new organization will be this week's Community Effort Orlando 2016. This tournament will feature nearly every high-caliber Super Smash Bros. for Wii U player in the world, so ScAtt -- and many others -- have their work cut out for them if they want to take home the trophy.