Luminosity Gaming has signed Yuta "Abadango" Kawamura, the organization announced Saturday.
Abadango, ranked fifth in the world on the Panda Global Smash 4 rankings, is considered the best Mewtwo player in the Super Smash Bros. for Wii U scene, and one of the top players from Japan. He's also known for his deep character pool, as he broke out onto the Western scene with his Pac-Man and Wario play that led him to a fourth place finish at EVO 2015.
Abdango went on to pick up a strong Meta Knight and Rosalina and Luma as he played in Japanese events between EVO 2015 and The Big House 5, where he placed seventh. Abadango swapped characters again ahead of Pound 2016, taking on the then-newly buffed Mewtwo as his main. Abadango place first at Pound, becoming the first foreign player to win a North American Smash 4 major.
"We have always had our eye on the FGC community, and have been actively looking at players and possibilities in the scene," Luminosity founder Steve Maida stated in a press release. "After meeting with Abadango, getting to know him and his history within the competitive scene, it was clear that he was someone we wanted on Luminosity.
"This is just the beginning of our journey into FGC and there is surely more to come. The community is unlike any other in gaming and one we hope to be a welcomed, contributing member of for years to come!"
Abandago's first tournament with Luminosity will be the Big House 6, taking place this weekend.
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