Prepare For A Year Long Street Fighter League Tour
Are you a fan of fighting games and involuntary muscular contractions? Then Twitch and Capcom should be your best friends right about now. Actually, Capcom has no friends but I digress.
Capcom, in partnership with Twitch, has a big year planned for the fighting game community with its Pro Tour. A year-long combination of premier events, rankings events, and online tournaments the Pro Tour will look to establish a foundation for the fighting game community.
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The focus for the pro Tour will be on Street Fighter IV. Earlier parts will feature Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition before transitioning to Ultra Street Fighter IV after its release in June.
The fighting community has always been a huge part of the world of competitive gaming, but has lacked global leagues and structure which other esports communities have benefited greatly from,” said Victor ‘Victheslik’ Denchartphan, Twitch’s FGC specialist. “What Capcom is setting out to achieve by organizing a year-long pro tour in tandem with leveraging the Twitch community, is definitely going to change the face of the fighting game scene.”
Capcom Senior Product Manager Matt Dahlgren, who was interviewed last July regarding the company’s future in competitive gaming, spoke to GameSpot’s sister site onGamers about their new venture.
“Capcom has been increasing its involvement with the competitive scene, ever since we executed the Street Fighter 25th Anniversary Tournament Series in 2012,” said Dahlgren. “Along the way, we have learned a lot and the Capcom Pro Tour is a natural evolution of our plans to get more involved with the scene. The FGC is unique in comparison to other competitive scenes out there, because it was created due to the passion and entrepreneurial spirit of the players themselves. The Capcom Pro Tour is designed to respect this history, and rather than create a structure with the intent of taking the scene over ourselves, our goal is to forge partnerships with existing organizers that will be mutually beneficial.”
“Twitch has been a long-time advocate for the FGC, and we both share the same passion and goals for where we would like the scene to evolve. When they were approached with the opportunity, they jumped on board, and having a partner that understands the community on a deep level helps tremendously. The Capcom Pro Tour could not happen without their help, and we are very excited to work together to grow the competitive scene over the coming years.”
Premiere events in the tour include established fixtures such as the Evolution Championship Series (EVO) in July. EVO is joined by a lineup that includes Final Round, NorCal Regionals, DreamHack Winter, Community Effort Orlando (CEO), The Fall Classic and Southeast Asia Majors.
“The Street Fighter tournament at every premier event will be streamed entirely on Capcom Fighters,” said Dalhgren. “The one exception to this is the Evolution Championship Series, in which only pool play is going to be streamed on Capcom Fighters. One of the goals of the Capcom Pro Tour is to provide opportunities to existing content creators. Everyone that we are hiring to be involved with the Capcom Pro Tour comes directly from the FGC, and Spooky will be streaming some of the events.”
Capcom is excited to bring its tournaments to E3, PAX East and SDCC.
“Trying to incorporate fighting events into trade shows is very exciting for us, as this is a great opportunity to expose the excitement of fighting games to new players. Trade show tournaments will function as ranking events, and the Top 16 will be awarded points which can be used to qualify for the Capcom Cup.”
Marvel vs. Capcom fans listen up because your game won’t be efatured in the pro Tour as the IP is not entirely owned by Capcom.
For everyone else, provided you give a damn about fighting games, keep your eyes on Twitch. For once Capcom is pushing a genuinely good initiative it seems.