Acola is one of the biggest players in Smash Bros, and he’s been on a fast rise over the last few years. That rise has culminated in becoming arguably the best active Smasher. He’s just gotten some great recognition for that, winning the Japan esports player of the year award.
Esports is a growing industry and one with more than one set of awards to honor those who excel. We’ve got the western Esports Awards, which took place for 2023 in November. However, there’s also the Japanese esports awards. In fighting games and Super Smash Bros, they can be particularly important, with so much of the driving force behind these games coming from that region. Acola winning the Japan esports player of the year award is a great example of how far he’s come lately.
Acola Wins Japan Esports Player of the Year
In 2024, there are a few names who stand out as the very best Smash players. At the top of that list for a lot of fans is acola. He’s a Japanese Steve main who has dominated Ultimate. Some players have been calling for his character to even be banned, but acola has shown is takes real skill to excel even as Steve. Acola has only been active in pro Smash since 2022 though, rising fast to win Japan Esports Player of the Year award.
Acola had a swift rise through 2022, by 2023 he was already regularly winning Majors. He got 2023 off to a great start winning Umebura SP9 just at the start of January, going on to win Kagaribi, Karisuma, Smash Ultimate Summit 6, tamasuma kyokkan, and maesumaTOP later in the year. Some of these victories have definitely helped to cement his spot at among the very best Ultimate players. In the latter half of the year, he won huge international events too like, like Super Smash Con.
In 2024, Acola is beginning the year as something close to a reigning champion in Smash. This Japan esports player of the year award is a fantastic showing of how far the player has come this year too.