Editorial: Where Do We Go From Here? The Future Of FGC Tournaments

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It seems everywhere you turn, there is a road to EVO tournament or a local tournament streaming. It’s safe to say that fighting games are creeping closer to the spotlight and people are noticing. This leads me to ask this question:”‘What does the future hold for tournaments to stand out from one another?”
The standard pool/bracket formula for tournaments is entertaining on its own, but the stream monsters and spectators love to see rivalries played out through exhibition matches. Cross Counter TV had a tournament that focused solely on exhibition matches in December 2011 by the name of Bar Fights. Bar Fights allowed fans of the FGC to watch rivals such as Viscant & Floe, Mike Ross & Jago showcase their talents and settle the score. Talk about two birds with one hadouken.

Since then there have been more exhibition matches popping up during tournaments and slowly they are becoming just as important as the Grand Finals. Fanatiq Vs RayRay in a first to 10 in UMVC3 at ECT4 is getting a lot of buzz and it’s becoming the main reason to tune in to see what happens. This isn’t just a friendly exhibition, bragging rights are on the line for the East and West Coast as well as a prize pot reaching close to $10,000.
This is something that can easily become standard at tournaments which could go two different ways. Option A would be for these exhibitions to be held before or after the tournaments to give each event heir respective times. This way streamers and spectators can watch these exhibitions if that is their sole purpose to attend/watch the event. The matches could be regulated similar to a boxing event with different ‘classes’ for each game. If people want to bet on the matches, there should be a fair system to make sure fights don’t break out between people due to the salt factor if the person you bet on loses.
With option B,  exhibition matches could become another entity and played after the tournaments are over giving them an underground after-hour vibe. With that situation anything can go down and there is no one to regulate the participants actions. I’m not saying that the FGC are all immature and can’t control themselves, but  sometimes the hype of the game can get you to raise your voice or talk smack to the loser of the match which can lead to fights breaking out and that one guy thinking he is Dhalsim screaming Yoga Flame while throwing a Molotov. If people place bets, it could get out of control if there isn’t anyone to control the whole situation.
This is something I feel the FGC wouldn’t want to be associated with major and local tournaments. If we want to be taken seriously as a real Esport, we have to curb some of our actions but you shouldn’t allow something like that to ruin our tournament experiences. There is a time and a place for everything and if we as a community look professional to the rest of the world they will have no choice but to support us and put their money into something we love to make it better. Keep fighting, everyone.

Team FYR Tournament Update: Mike Makes His On-Stream Debut!

I was on iPlayWinner yesterday, only to notice “FYR Mike vs Kevin Chen” on teamspooky’s recent uploads. Luckily (or perhaps unfortunately), one of my matches from NYU’s Spring Fighter event is immortalized in YouTube history. Granted, I got blown up pretty bad by a super solid Ryu player, but it’s exciting to have people like Spooky and AquaSilk comment on my gameplay and it always helps to have more footage of old matches to help analyze and improve your game. I definitely cringe everytime I watch myself throw an unnecessary elbow drop, but I can only learn from it.

Hopefully, once I have some decent capture equipment, I’ll start my own webseries on my journeys with the art of Bushinryu. Here’s to leveling up!

Mr. Wizard Promising Big News on Tonight’s Cross Counter Live

Joey “Mr. Wizard” Cuellar of Shoryuken fame will be appearing on tonight’s episode of Cross Counter live, and promises “goodies and exclusives” during the broadcast. Mr. Wizard is one of the major minds behind Evo, and with only 2 months until the world’s biggest fighting game tournament, we can only assume he’ll be dropping some major news regarding the event!

Be sure to tune in to Cross Counter Live at midnight EST, 9pm PST!

Redemption – iPlayWinner: Summer 2012 Promo

Check out this beautifully done promo from iPlayWinner featuring some of the world’s best players discussing their greatest losses, and how it affected them going forward. This is a brilliantly put together piece of work, and really highlights why we do this, whether we’re players, commentators, or ambitious, mid-tier loving journalists such as myself.

Cross Counter Live Returns at 9 PST/12 EST Tonight with Special Announcement

After being out of commission for a few weeks, Mike Ross and Gootecks return to Cross Counter live, once again discussing the latest and biggest news in the fighting game community. In addition to recapping the massive tournament weekend we just had, the duo will make a special announcement regarding the future of the show, so this is not an episode to miss.

Keep glued to this Shoryuken post at 9p.m. PST/12a.m. EST to catch Cross Counter live.

MLG Pro Circuit Winter Championships Stream Schedule

With MLG and NCR both going down, this is a massive tournament weekend for the community. While the fact that MLG’s Winter Championship conflicts with the community-grown Norcal Regionals (which just reached it’s tenth year!), that just means that there’s more high-level fighting goodness for us stream monsters to enjoy! You can check out the MLG action at twitch.tv/mlgfighters, and read the full schedule (Courtesy of MLG) below:

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Friday:

5:00 PM – 5:05 PM Welcome and All Game Pregame Show
5:05 PM – 5:30 PM Dr Pepper Ultimate Access Fighting Games Pregame Show
5:30 PM – 6:00 PM King of Fighters XIII  Winners Round 1 A
6:00 PM – 6:30 PM King of Fighters XIII Winners Round 1 B
6:30 PM – 7:00 PM King of Fighters XIII Winners Round 2 A
7:00 PM – 7:30 PM King of Fighters XIII Winners Round 2 B
7:30 PM – 8:00 PM King of Fighters XIII Winners Round 3 A
8:00 PM – 8:30 PM King of Fighters XIII Winners Round 3 B
8:30 PM – 9:00 PM King of Fighters XIII Winners Round 3 C
9:00 PM – 9:30 PM King of Fighters XIII Winners Round 4 A
9:30 PM -10:00 PM King of Fighters XIII Winners Round 4 B
10:00 PM – 10:30 PM King of Fighters XIII Winners Round 5 A
10:30 PM – 11:00 PM King of Fighters XIIIWinners Round 5 B
11:00 PM – 11:30 PM King of Fighters XIII Winners Round 6 A
11:30 PM – 12:00 AM King of Fighters XIII Winners Round 6 B

Saturday:

12:45 PM – 1:00 PM Dr Pepper Ultimate Access Fighting Games Pregame Show
1:00 PM – 1:30 PM Soul Calibur V Winners 4 A
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM Soul Calibur V Winners 4 B
2:00 PM – 2:30 PM Soul Calibur V Winners 5 A
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM Soul Calibur V Winners 5 B
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM Soul Calibur V Losers 8
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM Mortal Kombat Winners 1 A
4:00 PM – 4:30 PM Mortal Kombat Winners 1 B
4:30 PM – 5:00 PM Mortal Kombat Winners 2
5:30 PM – 6:00 PM Mortal Kombat Winners 3 A
6:00 PM – 6:30 PM Mortal Kombat Winners 3 B
6:30 PM – 7:00 PM Mortal Kombat Winners 4 A
7:00 PM – 7:30 PM Mortal Kombat Winners 4 B
7:30 PM – 8:00 PM Mortal Kombat Losers 6
8:00 PM – 8:20 PM King of Fighters XIII Winners Bracket Finals
8:20 PM – 8:40 PM King of Fighters XIII Losers Bracket Finals
8:40 PM – 9:20 PM King of Fighters XIII Championship Finals
9:20 PM King of Fighters XIII Awards Ceremony
9:30 PM Uncharted 3 – Free-For-All Finals

Sunday:

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Dr Pepper Ultimate Access Fighting Games Pregame Show
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM Soul Calibur V Winners Semis
12:30 PM – 1:00 PM Soul Calibur V Losers 10
1:00 PM – 1:30 PM Soul Calibur V Winners Finals
1:30 PM – 2:15 PM Soul Calibur V Losers Finals
2:15 PM – 3:00 PM Soul Calibur V Championship Finals
3:00 PM Soul Calibur V Awards Ceremony
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM Mortal Kombat Winners 5
4:00 PM – 4:30 PM Mortal Kombat Winners Semis A
4:30 PM – 5:00 PM Mortal Kombat Winners Semis B
5:00 PM – 5:30 PM Mortal Kombat Losers 10
5:30 PM – 6:00 PM Mortal Kombat Winners Finals
6:00 PM – 6:45 PM Mortal Kombat Losers Finals
6:45 PM – 7:30 PM Mortal Kombat Championship Finals
7:30 PM Mortal Kombat Awards Ceremony