A lot of fighting game tournaments will insist on a mandatory distance between the competitors and the audience during a game, in order to stop any kind of interaction while matches are going on, as well as preventing coaching from other players or any kind of physical distraction from disturbing the event.
The distance between the audience and the players didn't stop one obnoxious attendee at the Pound 2019 tournament, as a dead crab was flung at Juan "Hungrybox" Debiedma during the Super Smash Bros. Melee event. (via. Polygon)
Hungrybox was playing in the final match when a dead crab was thrown at him from a person in the audience. Hungrybox naturally lost his temper and started to yell at the people in the audience in an effort to find the perpetrator.
Hungrybox later took to Twitter to apologize for his reaction, even though many in the community feel it was justified.
Sorry for losing my temper. Someone threw a fucking raw crab at me. After a 5 set losers run. Barely missed my head.— hungrybox (@LiquidHbox) April 21, 2019
What the fuck man
Anyway GGs, no clue how I won that
The person who threw the crab has been identified and will be banned from all future Pound tournament events. The person's identity will also be revealed to other tournament organizers in an effort to get them banned from as many events as possible.
We will be perma banning the guy btw. Probably will not be releasing his name publicly but will be submitting it to other Tournament Organizers. We will make an official statement from the Pound Twitter sometime this week so everyone knows this was handled immediately.— Aposl @ Pound 2019 🤜🤛 (@VGBC_Aposl) April 22, 2019
Hungrybox is considered to be one of the best (if not the best) Super Smash Bros. Melee players in the world and his overly defensive style has led to a backlash against his success. Hungrybox uses Jigglypuff's amazing aerial mobility to devastating effect, which often means that matches turn into lengthy battles of attrition.
A person's opinion of a Super Smash Bros. player's playstyle is irrelevant, as there is no excuse to throw something at them during a gaming event. There is a basic level of decorum and human decency that has to be shown when attending public events and it's never acceptable to throw a dead animal at someone, regardless of the situation. It's moments like this that make esports and the Super Smash Bros. community look bad and the person who threw the crab deserves to be banned from every gaming tournament in the future.