GVN Summer Jam 6 Recap

This past weekend we ventured out to Philadelpha for Big E’s annual Summer Jam event, which was an absolute blast as I expected. One of the highlights was the Dead or Alive 5 pre-release tournament, which was not only a great chance to try a near-final build of the game, but also an introduction to how passionate the DOA community is. We got to speak to some top players, casual fans, and Team Ninja creative director Tom Lee, who all gave the general impression that the newest installment of Dead or Alive 5 is meant to be a seriously competitive game.

Other than that, Summer Jam 6 took all of the hype I’ve come to expect from Big E events and expanded it tenfold, especially during Marvel. The spirit of rivalry swirled through the room, especially during a pool match between Long Island’s Moons and Maryland visitor DJ Huoshen. Seeing the primarily NY-based crowd go absolutely nuts when Moons upset the more well-known Huoshen was awesome, as was seeing the shift in momentum when Moons had to then fight Marvel legend BT IFC Yipes. A cross-country battle suddenly shifted to NYC versus Long Island, which reminded me how exciting these friendly rivalries are during major tournaments. Props to Yipes of course, for finally taking a UMvC3 major. It’s about damn time.

Check out our playlist from the event below. Enjoy the videos!

FingerCramp Hosting New Bi-Weekly Tournament Series

Think you have what it takes to compete with the best Street Fighter and Marvel vs. Capcom talent in New York? FingerCramp‘s new Fight Circuit tournament series is your chance. Held at the Friction Hookah Lounge in Brooklyn, the Fight Circuit will allow gamers to compete in Super Street Fighter 4: AE and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 throughout a season of bi-weekly events.

The first round will begin on August 4th, and will feature an exhibition match between Marvel heavy-hitters MH Alukard and Winrich. Venue fee is $10, while registering for each game will cost you $8. For those at home, Fingercramp will be streaming the event, and will be producing a weekly YouTube show analyzing the matches of each tournament.

After watching tons of Level Up Live events on the west coast, I always felt that NY was in dire need of some sort of ranking battle. Big Two will surely remain our premiere event in New York, but it’s awesome that the community has another tournament series to look forward to, especially one that welcomes up-and-comers.

For more information on the Fight Circuit, check out the official page. Think you have the skills? Bring it!

FYR Invades MashFest 6 NYC


This past weekend in Astoria Queens, fighters gathered together to compete in the Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3 tournament and walk out with a free movie ticket to see the new Amazing Spider-Man movie. The FYR staff had a great time and we got a chance to catch up with some top players (Sanford Kelly, Golba) spectators competitors and organizers. We have a ton of video footage from this event so we created a playlist with all the videos in one neat package for your viewing pleasure. Thank you for watching guys and remember….Keep Fighting.


Midtown Comics’ Mashfest 6 UMVC3 Tournament Hits NYC This Sunday

Marvel heads in NYC – don’t miss out on Mashfest this Sunday! For those who don’t know, Mashfest is series of casual fighting game events hosted by Midtown Comics with help from some FGC friends. The Mashfest tournaments are free, while the bi-weekly Monday Night Mashfests costs $3 for all-night casuals. Best part is, all events are hosted at cool bars and lounges. What beats sipping on cheap drinks while playing MvC?

This Sunday’s UMvC3 tournament will be held at Break Bar and Billiards in Astoria, Queens, which is a short train ride from Manhattan. Winner gets free tickets to the Monday night showing of Amazing Spider-Man! There will also be a Marvel 2 side tourney for all you OGs.

While these events are free and fun, don’t be surprised to find NYC killers such as Chris G and DragonGod in the facility. Practice up kids, IT’S MAHVEL BAYBEE!

For more info, check out the FB event here.

Fight Your Rival: Episode 5!

Welcome to episode 5 of Fight Your Rival! This week, we talk about the recent partnership between CBS, MLG, and Twitch.tv, talk about even more Tekken Tag Tournament 2 console features, and even do some time travel to 94! What are we doing there? You’ll just have to watch!

Chinatown Fair Reopening May 5th

Photo Credit: NeoGaf

While it was revealed last month that legendary Manhattan arcade Chinatown Fair was being restored by new owners, Bowery Boogie has revealed a few new details regarding its rebirth. The once grimy enclave where the best virtual warriors in NYC once battled it out is now being repainted with a bright, Easter-esque color scheme. The new CF is meant to be a “family friendly” location, and will feature some brand-new machines as well as a card-swipe system that will replace tokens and quarters. Finally, it’s only a matter of weeks until we can step foot in the venue, as the supposed opening date is May 5th.

While CF was once a vortex for the best talent in the fighting game community, the new vision for the arcade might not attract too many top players. Let’s just hope a few classics like 3rd Strike and Capcom vs. SNK 2 get salvaged.

We’ll be at the all-new Chinatown Fair as soon as it reopens, so stay tuned for tons of coverage!

EVO Registration Open Now!

Registration for this year’s Evolution Championship Series is open! Register before May 1st to save an additional $2o, and don’t delay, as there is absolutely no on-site registration for the country’s biggest fighting game tournament.

Entrants to the KOF XIII tournament will receive a free T-Shirt from Atlus publishing co.

Start grinding, get ready and most of all get hype!


Register Here! http://evo.shoryuken.com/evo-2012-player-registration/

Namco Hosting $10,000 Soul Calibur V World Championship on April 10th

Namco Bandai just announced that they’ll be hosting an invitational world championship for Soul Calibur V on April 10th, featuring 8 of the game’s top players from around the globe. No Face Killer and Keev, respective champions of this past weekend’s NCR and MLG events will be on hand, as well as 6 of the biggest killers in the entire Soul Calibur scene. Team Spooky will be handling streaming duties for the event (honestly, who else would stream something so hype?), while Namco’s FilthieRich and MadCatz’ MarkMan will be providing commentary. All of the action will be going down at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas and appears to be open to spectators.

The competitors are as follows:

  • NoFaceKiller (USA)
  • Rob The Destroyer aka RTD (USA)
  • Keev the Nightmare (France)
  • OmegaDR (Dominican Republic)
  • Hyrul (United Kingdom)
  • Toilet (Japan)
  • SHK (Japan)
  • Akire (France)

Check out the facebook page for the event for more info!

Source: http://shoryuken.com/2012/03/29/namco-bandai-announces-soul-calibur-v-world-championship-for-april-10th/