Gravity Gaming announced that “Bocchi” would join its team as a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate player on July 6. Less than six hours later, Bocchi tweeted that she had already parted ways with the organization.
We are excited to welcome @bocchibelle to the #GRVfam as our new Smash Bros. Ultimate player! Looking forward to working with you and watching you grow as a player! @bocchibelle will be doing an AMA in the press room of our community Discord for 1 hour!
— Gravity Gaming (@GRV_NA) July 6, 2019
Hello everyone. Me and @GRV_NA after further discussion have decided to not sign a contract. It was nothing against their org and just me, as i believe i was too hasty and am willing to wait for another offer in the future. i wish them the best!
— bocchi (@bocchibelle) July 7, 2019
Gravity Gaming initially brought on Bocchi as both a competitor and content creator. The organization plugged her Smash Ultimate Isabelle guide shortly after announcing that she would join the team. Bocchi also held an AMA in Gravity Gaming’s Discord server for an hour following the initial announcement.
However, she later revealed that she had not yet signed a contract with Gravity Gaming. She decided not to sign with the organization. Bocchi stated that she had agreed to join Gravity Gaming too hastily, and that she was willing to wait for a better offer.
Bocchi is currently sponsored by Team Sick Neutral. However, she is looking for a more prestigious esports team that may be willing to sign her. Bocchi took to Twitter to market herself, citing her rapidly growing social media presence and her ability to compete at a fairly high level. She also advertised her charismatic personality and loyal fan base.
Anyways, I am currently a free agent!
I have lots to offer including:
-One of the highest growing numbers on twitter, twitch, and youtube of any smash player currently
-Relatively good results in competition and tournaments
-Ability to travel and create content often
— bocchi (@bocchibelle) July 7, 2019
Bocchi: Smash Ultimate’s latest prodigy
Bocchi rose to national prominence for her performance at AON Smash Ultimate #027. There, she defeated Carlos “Raptor” Vanegas and Elliot “Ally” Carroza-Oyarce in order to place 5th. Many people consider her to be one of the best Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Isabelle mains. She is also recognized for her success at such a young age, as she is only 15 years old.
Bocchi faced criticism as she became more widely known throughout the Smash scene. She considered withdrawing from the Smash Ultimate community on account of the bullying she experienced. However, Bocchi has since resumed competing and making competitive content.
nvm. final tweet from this account. I will either be done with smash or begin competing under a new name to avoid this attention i’ve gained. I will stop streaming and find my path by myself. Do not expect me to be bocchi anymore. I’m done. If i do come back to the community
— bocchi (@bocchibelle) July 3, 2019
Though she has achieved national recognition, Bocchi has not yet competed outside of her home state of New York. As a result, she has yet to pull off a significant major tournament performance. However, she will be attending a handful of upcoming tournaments. Among these are Defend the North, EVO 2019, and Super Smash Con 2019.
Dylan Tate is a student in the School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a gaming journalist with a love for Nintendo esports, including Smash Bros., Splatoon, ARMS, and Pokémon. Dylan also writes competitive guides for Dignitas and Nintendo news articles for Nintendo Enthusiast.