In June of last year, the gaming community was rocked by allegations of sexual misconduct and assault, the allegations were widespread with many different communities having their own MeToo moment, but out of all, it was the fighting game, and specifically, the Super Smash Bros community that had the most serious allegations levelled at some of its biggest personalities.
One of which was Nairoby " Nairo" Quezada, who was accused by Zack "CaptainZack" Lauth of engaging in a sexual relationship with him when he was a minor. Nairo would have been 20, while CaptainZack, 15, at the time of the alleged incident.
The aftermath of the incident saw Nairo banned from Twitch and dropped from NRG Esports.
Nairo was dropped by sponsors and banned from Twitch after the allegations came to light. (Picture: NRG)
Initially Nairo made a public apology but would later recant this, launching legal proceedings against CaptainZack, accusing him of sexual assault and blackmail.
In September Nairo had this to say about the incident:
"The cold, hard truth was that Zack had raped me and blackmailed me with that this entire time because I didn’t understand what happened to me,” the statement adds. “I never imagined I could be a victim of rape and never even thought of what sexual assault looked like to a male victim.”
After initially apologizing, Nairo accused Zack of blackmail months later(Image: NRG)
Now, Nairo says he is planning to return to the community and hopes to begin streaming again, claiming that a "legal agreement" had been reached and that the matter is now "fully resolved".
In a video posted to his YouTube channel on 19th February Nairo said:
"As many of you know I have been handling things legally for the last half-year and I want to announce now that we have reached a legal agreement. As of now, everything is fully resolved and I am now able to move forward with my life."
Nairo also revealed his intentions to return to streaming.
"I would like to try to stream again. I would like to go back to playing games and having fun with the community that we built and to try and move forward but I also know the reality of the situation and that people will probably be hesistant[...] but I want to try and move forward."
Where Nairo will stream is up in the air, in his statement, the Smash pro revealed that while he did appeal his permanent Twitch ban, he remains suspended from the platform that he calls "home".
Nairo also took the time to thank those fans, friends, and community that stuck by him.
"I don't know what happens from here on out, all I know for sure is I do miss hanging out with my community. I do miss being able to help out various causes and charities and I wish I could provide for my family again because they relied on me."