Cooperation Cup, a long-running Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike tournament, returned to Japan this past weekend. Now in its 15th year, the event again provided the world with some of the best 3rd Strike competition around. This time, Alex player Genki’s winning performance was more than just a personal victory: it was a landmark for the Street Fighter community as a whole.
Cooperation Cup continues to boast impressive numbers for an event solely featuring a game that first launched in 1999. Its longstanding history in the fighting game community has made it an iconic part of the competitive circuit. Players who had nothing to do with Street Fighter III during its original arcade run make time to tune in alongside the diehard supporters, marveling at the fast-paced, parry-centric gameplay and the continued dominance of the release’s strongest characters.
As this year’s grand finals wound down, the fate of both teams centered on two players. Boss, a championship-caliber Yun, came face to face with an Alex player named Genki. Although he had found success in the past, Genki had never made it to this level of competition at Cooperation Cup