Hungrybox DQs himself from Super Smash Bros. tournament after throwing up blood and still attending

Backlash surrounding his decision to attend the event has also popped up.

While the main focus of the final day of Double Down 2022 was the top cut for both Super Smash Bros. Melee and Ultimate, a secondary narrative surrounding top Melee player Hungrybox has also popped up.

Prior to the days competition starting, Hbox tweeted that he woke up in the morning and threw up blood, prompting him to visit an urgent care facility at 6am. 

The health professionals at the urgent care facility informed him it was most likely COVID-19 or a bacterial infection in his throat/uvula. Hbox confirmed in the same, now-deleted, post it was not COVID and he received a shot of antibiotics and steroids.

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However, instead of opting out of competing in the top cut losers bracket for Melee at the event in totality, Hbox noted he would still attend and compete. This started a widespread conversation regarding not only the top players health but an apparent disregard for attendee safety by staff for allowing him to compete. 

According to multiple players and attendees at the Double Down venue, Hbox not only attended the event to compete, but also was not wearing a mask at several different pointsincluding live on-stream while playing. He did eventually self-disqualify from the event and escorted himself out of the venue, but only after playing several games and eliminating SFAT from the bracket. 

The fact he stopped SFAT from getting into top eight through the losers bracket on a double DQ, following Arjun “Junebug” Rao DQing to go watch a magic show after making top 16, has already become a meme. But the bigger focus is on Hbox making the decision to DQ after already being present at the venue rather than someone from staff stepping in ahead of time. 

Hbox deciding to DQ himself and leave, regardless of what made him change his mind, is better than simply playing out the entire event under the circumstances, but the community is still calling attention to the fact this somehow happened in the first place; especially the fact he was allowed to play maskless, even if it was due to breathing issues or other symptoms of his non-COVID illness.

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