ZeRo

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ZeRo at GENESIS 4
Player Information
Name:
Gonzalo Barrios
Nationality:
Born:
April 17, 1995 (age 29)
Years Active:
2012 - 2017,
2019 - 2020
Approx. Total Winnings:
$159,367
Super Smash Bros.
Current Mains:
Fox
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Current Mains:
Fox
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Current Mains:
Meta Knight
Former Mains:
Ice Climbers
Project M
Current Mains:
Pit
Fox
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Current Mains:
Diddy Kong
Former Mains:
Sheik
Secondaries:
Cloud
Lucina
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Current Mains:
Cloud
Secondaries:
Diddy Kong
Wolf
Mario
Links
Achievements
PM:
CEO 2014 Zenith 2014 The Big House 4
Wii U:
Apex 2015 CEO 2015 EVO 2015 Super Smash Con 2015 The Big House 5 GENESIS 3 2GGT: Abadango Saga The Big House 6 KTAR XIX UGC Smash Open 2GGC: Genesis Saga 2GGC: Midwest Mayhem Saga Frostbite 2017 CEO Dreamland DreamHack Austin 2017 Royal Flush Smash 'N' Splash 3 2GGC: Nairo Saga CEO 2017 2GGC: SCR Saga Shine 2017 PAX Arena at PAX West 2017 2GGC: West Side Saga
History
2014-06-05 — 2014-11-02
2015-08-01 — 2018-11-07
2018-11-07 — 2020-07-04
For the 64 Captain Falcon main, see Zero (TX).

Gonzalo "ZeRo" Barrios is a former Wii U Diddy Kong main from California and originally from Chile; he is also a former Melee Fox and Brawl Meta Knight player. While ranked 35th and 3rd in the world on SSBMRank and SSBBRank 2014, respectively, he dropped the two games in favor of Wii U upon the latter's release. He is universally regarded as the best Wii U player of all time, being ranked 1st on the PGR100.

Biography[edit]

ZeRo was born in Chillán, Chile and frequently traveled to the United States to compete in tournaments. Originally competing and becoming one of the best at Melee in his home country, he switched to mainly competing in Brawl when traveling to the United States. He returned to competitive Melee after Brawl's community died down during the summer of Melee and has been frequently attending tournaments since then. He is famous for wearing a short white scarf at tournaments. He wears it as a tribute to his mother, who gave him the scarf when he left Chile.[citation needed]

ZeRo decided to focus on playing Super Smash Bros. for Wii U upon its 2014 release. He was quick to find success, eventually 56 tournaments in a row; he was picked up by Team SoloMid in the midst of it. This streak started from the game's release and ended when he was defeated by Nairo at the 2015 MLG World Finals in New Orleans. This achievement was recognized in the Guinness World Records 2017 Gamer's Edition.[1] [2] Because of this, he is considered the undisputed best Wii U player in the world. While his dominance is no longer as absolute, ZeRo has continued to win numerous Major and Premier tournaments.

On February 19, 2015, ZeRo announced on Twitter that if he won the Wii U event at EVO 2015, he would focus on Melee exclusively for at least one year, citing Leffen as his inspiration.[3] However, despite winning the tournament without dropping a single game, ZeRo stated his intention to continue focusing on Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, as he felt that his motivation for playing Melee would not be for his fans as opposed to himself.[4]

On January 12, 2018, after being ranked 1st for the fourth time in his career, he announced that he won't be competing in tournaments for the near future.[5]

Later that year, he was invited to the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Invitational at E3 2018, which he won playing Mario, Sheik, and Ike.

On November 8, 2018, ZeRo announced that he would be returning to competitive Smash and will compete in future Smash Ultimate tournaments. He also announced he would be leaving Team SoloMid for Tempo Storm.[6]

Shortly after the first Smash Ultimate Summit, he stopped attending Smash Ultimate tournaments for good, as he focused on his YouTube content and streams, which he changed platforms from Twitch to Facebook Gaming.

Controversy[edit]

On July 2, 2020, community member Jisu accused ZeRo of showing her pornography and harassing her when she was 15.[7] Later that day, he apologized to Jisu and said that he did not remember ever showing her pornography.[8]

On July 3, 2020, another accusation was issued by an anonymous source under the name of "Katie". In her statement, she covered incidents of ZeRo manipulating her, and described that he had also asked her to send him explicit pictures of herself.[9] The conversations that they had were documented in Skype logs from September 2014 to January 2015, when she was 14 and ZeRo was 19.

ZeRo responded to the accusation made by Katie later that day, acknowledging that he did talk to her on Skype during that time.[10] He said that he did not know that she was underage until she came forward and said she was 14, which he claimed was the last time that he talked to her. ZeRo did not comment on the accusations of him asking for explicit pictures until July 4, 2020, when he admitted that everything Katie had said in her statement was true.[11]

ZeRo was removed from Temo Storm shortly after his confession.[12]

Results[edit]

Ultimate[edit]

Wii U[edit]

Recent Notable Wins

Wins over players ranked in PGR v3:

Rank 2 - MKLeo
Rank 3 - Nairo
Rank 4 - Dabuz
Rank 5 - Ally
Rank 6 - Larry Lurr
Rank 7 - CaptainZack
Rank 8 - komorikiri
Rank 9 - Mr.R
Rank 10 - Abadango
Rank 11 - Salem
Rank 12 - Tweek
Rank 13 - VoiD
Rank 15 - Fatality
Rank 16 - KEN
Rank 17 - Ranai
Rank 18 - ESAM
Rank 19 - Kirihara
Rank 20 - Zinoto
Rank 21 - ANTi
Rank 24 - Samsora
Rank 25 - Elegant
Rank 26 - Tsu
Rank 27 - Kameme
Rank 29 - MVD
Rank 30 - Mr.E
Rank 33 - Shuton
Rank 34 - Raito
Rank 36 - HIKARU
Rank 37 - Ned
Rank 44 - Javi
Rank 48 - JK

Melee[edit]

Recent Notable Wins

Wins over players ranked in SSBMRank 2013:

Rank 10 - SFAT
Rank 31 - Fiction
Rank 45 - Darc
Rank 46 - Darkatma
Rank 47 - HugS
Rank 77 - aMSa
Rank 79 - Swift

Brawl[edit]

Project M[edit]

Rankings[edit]

Wii U[edit]

Panda Global Rankings[edit]

Ranking SeriesRank
PGR1001
PGR v41
PGR v31
PGR v21
PGR v11

SoCal[edit]

Ranking SeriesRank
May to June 20160
January to March 20160

New Jersey[edit]

Ranking SeriesRank
July - December 20161

Melee[edit]

SSBMRank[edit]

Ranking SeriesRank
SSBMRank 201435

Brawl[edit]

SSBBRank[edit]

Ranking SeriesRank
20143

RetroSSBBRank[edit]

Ranking SeriesRank
20143
20133
20127

Tristate[edit]

Ranking SeriesRank
March 14th, 20132

Interviews[edit]

2019[edit]

2017[edit]

2016[edit]

2015[edit]

2014[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Ian Faletti (2016-10-10). "ZeRo featured in Guinness Book of World Records Gamers Edition". ESPN. Retrieved 2017-05-17.
  2. ZeRo (2016-10-06). "ZeRo on Twitter about his world record". Retrieved 2017-05-17.
  3. "If ZeRo wins EVO 2015 Smash 4, he will focus on Melee". ZeRoSSB. Retrieved 2015-02-22.
  4. ZeRo on his future in Melee and Smash for Wii U
  5. ZeRo announces he won't compete in Smash 4 tournaments
  6. Jacob Wolf (2018-11-07). "ZeRo returns to Smash, signs with Tempo Storm". ESPN Esports. Retrieved 2018-11-07.
  7. Jisu (2020-07-02). "Jisu's Allegations Towards ZeRo". Retrieved 2020-07-04.
  8. ZeRo (2020-07-02). "ZeRo's Response to Jisu". Retrieved 2020-07-04.
  9. Katie (2020-07-03). "Katie's Allegations Towards ZeRo". Retrieved 2020-07-04.
  10. ZeRo (2020-07-03). "ZeRo's Response to Katie". Retrieved 2020-07-04.
  11. ZeRo (2020-07-04). "ZeRo's Confession". Retrieved 2020-07-04.
  12. Tempo Storm (2020-07-04). "Tempo Storm severs ties with ZeRo". Tempo Storm. Retrieved 2020-07-04.