Selfless Gaming posted an update announcing that they are disbanding in order to pursue other business opportunities. The update explains how the various Selfless teams will be traded to other sponsors, but for their Melee players Joey "Lucky" Aldama and Hugo "HugS" Gonzalez, the disband means that they have become free agents once again.
HugS and Lucky wrote about the situation on Twitter, but with different tones. HugS has already had several sponsors that were also disbanded or that he was forced to leave after late payments, Frequency Gaming and Dream Team, respectively. He has returned as a free agent several times.
Sad news.Thanks for the incredible support & professionalism!— Hugo Gonzalez (@HugS86) July 7, 2017
With that being said, I'm now a free agent.
Looking forward to what's next! https://t.co/uzfTN8tlRE
Lucky may see this as an opportunity to find a more suitable sponsor for his interests, given his reaction to the update on Twitter.
Officially a free agent as of today! I'm definitely looking forward to the next chapter in my Melee career. Let's do this!— Lucky (@Legend0fLucky) July 7, 2017
It is not a bad time to become a free agent, however. EVO 2017 is just around the corner, and a stellar run from either player on one of the largest stages in the FGC might be all that they need to land a sponsor. The MIOM Top 100 list is about be updated as well, and sponsors may see an improvement in both HugS's and Lucky's placings.
Hopefully both players find a new home sooner rather than later. A sponsor is valuable for Melee players looking to improve by travelling to tournaments. However, it will be up to HugS and Lucky to prove their value to potential sponsors in the coming weeks.
cover photo courtesy of selfless.gg