Aziz "Hax" Al-Yami has announced in an update video that he is working on a controller that is meant to help with hand issues that he and other Smash players face.
In the 43-minute video, Hax explains his time seeking help for his hand injuries, the discovery of new injuries, and his participation in the continuing development of the Smashbox.
His account details how doctors were unwilling to help him by doing surgery which would remove one of the two tendons in his wrist, making certain types of movements very difficult. Eventually he found one doctor who was willing to perform the surgery, but was shocked at the actions that melee players use on a Gamecube controller, calling it "the worst thing [for the thumb joint] he had ever seen."
After a successful surgery, Hax outlines his use of the "smashbox" controller, a controller that features only buttons. Seeing improvements in his health while playing, he further attempted to help the designers in their development of the smashbox product. However, Hax became increasingly frustrated at the slow progress, and branched off to develop his own version.
Dubbed the "B0XX," Hax teamed up with two engineers from Rutgers University to quickly develop an updated version of the all-button controller meant to help players such as himself who may suffer from these hand issues, or want a preventative measure against these brutal injuries.
Originally a Fox player, Hax was constantly a force in tournaments with a very technical playstyle. He had sat out many tournaments because of his injury while he sought a solution to his hand problems. Hax is not the only player who may be helped by this news. Daniel "KoreanDJ" Jung is another player who retired due to injury issues while playing Melee.
Gabriel Zoltan-Johan is a News Editor at theScore esports and the head analyst for the University of Toronto League of Legends team. His (public) musings can be found on his Twitter.