Chia, formerly known as Chibo, is an American smasher from Pennsylvania who mains R.O.B.. Chia started her Smash career while attending Drexel University in Philadelphia, though also spent about half of her time in the New Jersey smash scene while living there after college. Chia is known as one of the best R.O.B. mains in Brawl. She is, however, mostly known for being the owner and founder of CLASH Tournaments, both one of the largest tournament organization and streaming companies in Smash. She was formerly ranked 15th on the Tristate Smash 4 Power Rankings and is currently ranked 4th on the Philadelphia Project M Power Rankings.
Early Smash career and sponsorships
Chia has been a fan of the Smash series for a long time, dating back to Smash 64, however she did not get into the tournament scene until November of 2006. She spent her time playing Smash playing against players such as GOTM, Scar, Cactuar while in Philadelphia, where she attended Drexel University. Chia began as a Young Link and Mario main in Melee, though soon switched to Samus as she advanced in competitive play.
Chia was in the crew Titans of Smash with other players such as GOTM and MexiMadnez. Since the creation of the crew, she recruited plenty of good players and friends such as AlexanderTriad, Vex Kasrani, and TenNoTensai. The crew lived on for many years, stretching from Melee back in 2007, up through multiple years after the release of Brawl. The crew eventually grew quite large, with many members split between the Philadelphia and South Jersey areas. She has also been sponsored by two different teams previously - FYC eSports, and vVv Gaming. While she was an active professional player at the time (both sponsorships started in 2010), Chia also joined these organizations for her skills in tournament organization and media production, as a means of getting exposure for these companies. She is known to say that skill isn't the only factor in becoming sponsored, and feels she is proof of this, and often says this when people ask her for advice on becoming sponsored. Before the departure of Smash from vVv Gaming, Chia was their Brawl Division Manager.
CLASH Tournaments and recent years
In 2011, Chia decided to bring all of her efforts in the community with tournament organizing and live streaming under the common name "CLASH Tournaments". As time went on, CT became more focused specifically on live streaming and media production, and the sponsoring of players, though Chia had still worked as tournament organization staff for many events, such as the Apex Series. The first players sponsored by CLASH Tournaments were Mew2King and ZeRo, as a way for Chia to take her profits from CT and give back to the community, and enhance the image of both professional players. CT is now a leading media provider for the Smash community, as Chia actively travels the country on a near weekly basis to stream events.
Chia also worked with Major League Gaming to help run MLG World Finals 2015 in a beneficial manner to the community. She is now the Director of Smash Bros. with ProGuides, a website focused on creating video and learning guides to help people improve at a variety of esports.