Luminosity enters Smash Melee by signing Ice

Internationally renowned Super Smash Bros. Melee player Mustafa “Ice” Akcakaya (right), formerly unsponsored, has been signed by multigame esports organization Luminosity. Provided by Robert Paul

Multigame esports organization Luminosity has signed Mustafa "Ice" Akcakaya, making it the latest top organization to enter Super Smash Bros. Melee.

Following an impressive third-place finish at The Big House 6, Ice will be representing Luminosity at Eclipse 2 in Jessheim, Norway, this weekend.

In a statement to ESPN, Luminosity CEO Steve "Buyaka" Maida said, "Ice has been on fire lately, and after talking to him in depth, it was clear that with some support from us he would be able to focus on becoming the best he can be. We're thrilled to have him on board and further solidify our footprint in the Smash scene."

Ice is elated to be part of Luminosity. "I am feeling like it's a new step into a more successful future as an esports athlete," he said.

Hailing from Germany, one of the biggest issues facing Ice had been travel, as most of the competitive Melee scene is in North America. But with this new sponsorship, Ice feels that not only will he be able to attend most major tournaments, but that his skills will improve as well.

"The sponsorship will help me be even more focused on Smash, which in return will end up in an increase of the quality in my game play," he said.

Ice has been playing Melee full time since mid-2015 and is currently ranked 17th based on Melee it on Me's global ranking. Because the German scene is so small, it has been difficult for Ice to improve as a player. For the most part, he has been practicing alone against level-one computer opponents as provided by the game itself. His ability to take on top talent without the same amount of top-level practice is no small feat.

This isn't Luminosity's first foray into Smash. Earlier this month, the organization picked up Super Smash Bros. for Wii U player Yuta "Abadango" Kawamura.

With this new sponsorship, Ice now wants to move to the United States. All he has to do is begin his athletic visa application, which is not a simple process. But for Ice, "If I get all that stuff, I move ASAP."