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E3 2017

Tekken 7 Player Turns Down Tournament's T-Mobile Phone Prize, Because He Uses AT&T

GIF Tekken 7 player Bronson Tran lived up to his nickname “the mouth of NorCal” this past Wednesday night when he received and rejected the MVP prize at E3’s Twitch Esports Arena invitational. Fans nominated the MVP via Twitter hashtag, and the winner was supposed to get a T-Mobile phone. Except, as Bronson explained while standing on T-Mobile’s stage, he uses AT&T and he’d rather not switch his data plan. Instead, Bronson plans to give his prize to a randomly selected Twitter fan. Bronson did not win the actual tournament, nor did he expect to win. In his player interview he joked about how T-Mobile should offer “participation trophies” for losers, as he expected to be one. Then, he ended up receiving the next best thing: the MVP award, which was more of a popularity contest. He kept the MVP trophy. The phone is still up for grabs. Advertisement For all four of T-Mobile’s tournaments at E3 this week—Street Fighter V on Tuesday, Tekken 7 on Wednesday, then Injustice 2 and Overwatch on Thursday—viewers have been encouraged to vote for an “MVP” on Twitter. Each MVP has gotten the same READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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The New Dragon Ball Z Fighting Game Looks Killer In Action

GIF While we got a glimpse of Dragon Ball FighterZ yesterday, today people are uploading full matches—and the game looks sick. Something about going 2.5D really accentuates the action while sticking true to the anime roots. Developed by Arc Systems, the game looks a bit like what you might expect out of a Marvel vs Capcom title. The whole thing is 3 vs 3 characters, meaning you can pair up some silly combinations to assist each other, if not drop in and out. The fight below plays it pretty straight, though, with Cell / Frieza / Buu on one team, going up against Goku, Gohan, and Vegeta. I love the flashiness of powerful moves: YouTube user PS360HD2 also uploaded some more footage of the demo, with battles taking place across all sorts of maps: All I can say is: HYPE. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


UK Politician Visits Gaming Store, Discusses Esports While Customers Play Tekken

Ahead of the UK’s general election today, Welsh politician Kevin Brennan visited local gaming store Talk & Surf for a quick chat about esports and competitive games. Not the kind of last-minute campaigning you’d expect. Brennan, who has been Cardiff West’s member of Parliament since 2001 and is up for reelection today, delivered his talking points as clearly as he could over Tekken 7 blaring in the background of this video. “I’d like to see a big esports event in Cardiff,” Brennan said. “It’s a great way to bring people together in a friendly and competitive environment. Get them mingling and making new friends.” Behind him, the two Tekken 7 players proved his point by staying focused on the game at hand, which they did leave their homes to play together. “I think anything that brings a community together is a good thing and is positive for mental health,” Brennan said. Advertisement “This is insane,” one of the players in the background whispered excitedly, presumably in response to Tekken 7’s sick mixups. According to Evan Dyke, who identified himself on Facebook as the Tekken player pictured at the far right, Brennan’s visit came as READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Tekken 7 PS4 review – Tekken 7 is with no doubt “the King of fighters”

The King of the” Iron fist tournament” is back with its first outing on new gen. So it’s been six long years since “Tekken Tag 2”, and here we are with “Tekken 7”, and it’s been one hell of a wait. I’ve followed the professional players in the tournaments and sat in awe due to their skill, now my time… READ FULL STORY AT THEGG!


Street Fighter Veteran Mocks Idea Of Selling Out By Selling T-Shirt

The fighting game community has mixed feelings about the term “esports.” For the FGC, the term has come to connote corporate influence and sponsorships. Mike Ross, Street Fighter veteran and co-founder of fighting game-centric YouTube channel Cross Counter TV, addressed the controversy this week in a bizarre video titled “Mike Ross Breaks His Silence About ESPORTS.” A few weeks ago, Mike Ross deleted his Twitter account, leaving fans bewildered. Then, he released this video: It starts out with a grim monologue about how “esports” branding has changed the fighting game scene: “What the hell is ‘esports’? I worked in esports, and I still don’t know what the hell esports really is. But I can tell you what I do know about esports… Esports has allowed big money, brands, et cetera, coming into this game just to buy in because they see a quick fad, a quick opportunity to turn around and make a buck. All at the expense of players, organizers that have been giving their life for this… To me, personally, I feel this is an insult to everything that I’ve done for so long.” It’s not exactly serious, though, and leads to to READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


When Arcades Closed, The Fighting Game Community Built Their Own Battleground

Street Fighter veteran Alex Valle remembers when fighting game players would crowd around arcade cabinets to face off. After the demise of arcades, Valle believed that future generations of fighting game players still needed a way to learn from one another in person. What began in 2009 as a series of meetups hosted in Valle’s apartment has since grown into a weekly training night at the Esports Arena in Santa Ana, California. Compete’s video team headed to “Wednesday Night Fights” to talk to Alex Valle and Jimmy “ShinJN” Nguyen, a longtime tournament organizer who helped the event grow. The video also profiles the players who attend and participate, such as Ryan “Gootecks” Gutierrez, fellow Street Fighter veteran and CEO of Cross Counter TV, as well as SoCal-based Street Fighter competitors Elcid “BushinStyle” Rashid and Frankie “Stupendous” Lee, Jr. Advertisement According to Gootecks, “Wednesday Night Fights” is the most well-attended local fighting games event in SoCal, but there are other local fighting game scenes and training events all over the world. For more, read this story about Yuko and Yusuke Momochi’s Street Fighter training school in Japan. This is the newest episode in our new READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 PS4 review – A really great 2D arcade fighting game

The months of May and June see the releases of some of the best fighting games around, “Injustice 2” and “Tekken 7”. However, another renowned franchise also sees a release, and that’s Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 (quite the mouthful) which has been refined over its previous release and comes packed with new characters and story for fans to enjoy…. READ FULL STORY AT THEGG!

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Our First Impressions Of Tekken 7: Satisfying, Difficult

Tekken 7 Early on in Tekken 7’s story mode, I’m told to throw Heihachi’s five-year-old son off a cliff. It’s canon in the Tekken series, typically a drama saved for cut scenes. Here, it’s flippant—push the square and triangle buttons and, buh-bye, kid. Tekken 7, which will release on June 2nd, entices players who, like me, who fell off after Tekken 3. You get caught up on the lore. Most—but not all—beloved heroes make an appearance. And, of course, the skill ceiling is miles-high. Everything about Tekken 7 is sharply on-brand, but because the series has seasoned, its audience is split: it was time for a Tekken that appealed to pros and novices. It is still deeply gratifying to duck under Heihachi’s high kick and uppercut his face. And, now, there’s a cat girl named Lucky Chloe who, as Kotaku’s Mike Fahey says, looks like she fell out of Harajuku in 2006. Yes, Tekken 7 is very much still Tekken. It’s a great homage to the series’ 20th anniversary, but offers little in the way of its single-player mode. Our early impressions are below. Tekken 7 Story Mode So far, Tekken 7’s story mode is an READ FULL STORY AT…

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Popular Smash Bros Flash Game Gets Huge Update, New Characters

GIF Super Smash Flash 2, a fan-made browser-based Super Smash Brothers tribute by Mcleod Gaming that features anime characters like Naruto and Goku alongside Nintendo heroes like Mario and Samus, just pushed out a big new beta featuring tons of new heroes. Many of these new additions hail from previous Smash franchises but are new to the world of Super Smash Flash. Here’s the full list of characters featured in the latest SSF2 announcement trailer: Isaac, Princess Peach, Bowser, Mr. Game & Watch, Mega Man, Luigi, Pikachu, Jigglypuff, Pac-Man, Wario, Falco, Bandanna Dee, Luffy, Sonic, and Tails. According to the game’s development forums, Sheik is also on the way, which will round out the full roster to 39 characters. Super Smash Flash 2 has been in development since 2007. Its 2006 predecessor, Super Smash Flash, was also a browser-based Smash clone that took its inspiration from SSB: Melee. Previous versions of Super Smash Flash 2 more closely mimicked the style of Super Smash Brothers: Brawl, since that was the popular iteration of Smash when the game began development. In the past few years, however, the game has taken a turn towards mimicking the mechanics of Smash READ FULL STORY AT…

Digital Crafter

New deities has joined the “Fight of Gods” rooster

Sif, Athena, Guan Gong and Anubis playable at MCM Comic Con. Press release: PQube (London, UK) May 24, 2017 – After weeks of fan speculation over “Which God’s Next?”, developer Digital Crafter is pleased to announce the latest additions to the FIGHT OF GODS roster. Ancient Egyptian god of the underworld Anubis, legendary Chinese warrior Guan Gong, Norse earth goddess… READ FULL STORY AT THEGG!

Digital Crafter

New deities has joined the “Fight of Gods” roster

Sif, Athena, Guan Gong and Anubis playable at MCM Comic Con. Press release: PQube (London, UK) May 24, 2017 – After weeks of fan speculation over “Which God’s Next?”, developer Digital Crafter is pleased to announce the latest additions to the FIGHT OF GODS roster. Ancient Egyptian god of the underworld Anubis, legendary Chinese warrior Guan Gong, Norse earth goddess… READ FULL STORY AT THEGG!


Injustice 2 Sets the Standard for Fighting Game Stories

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Poll: Japan's Favorite Fighting Games

For a country that has made a whole bunch of fighting games, you better believe that Japan has its favorites. A recent survey revealed top twenty beloved titles, according to Weekly Famitsu readers. Advertisement Between April 13 and April 19, the magazine asked 2,461 readers to name their favorite fighting games. Ninety-two percent of respondents were men, while the remaining 8 percent were women. Six percent were in their teens, 43 percent in their 20s, 42 percent in their 30s, 8 percent in their 40s, and 1 percent in their 50s. As with the previous action game poll, each person was allowed to vote for up to three titles (though people could only vote for one or two if they wanted). Famitsu then calculated these votes as “points.” While the game titles have been localized for clarity, the hardware platforms are as listed by Famitsu. Advertisement 20. SoulCalibur V (PS3/Xbox 360) – 98 points 19. Dead or Alive 5: Last Round (PS4/PS3/Xbox One/PC) – 109 points 18. Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st] (Vita/PS4/PS3/Arcade) – 111 points 17. Garou: Mark of the Wolves (Vita/Switch/PS3/PS2/Xbox 360/Neo Geo/DC/PC/iOS/Android/Arcade) – 124 points READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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ESL is to host Blazblue centralfiction PSN community cups

Press release: PQUBE (London, UK) May 10, 2017 – PQube is excited to announce that BLAZBLUE CENTRALFICTION will be joining the ranks of some of the most popular gaming titles in the Tournaments section of PlayStationTMNetwork (PSN). Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe and ESL, the world’s largest esports company, will begin hosting weekly online European Community Cups on PSN for BLAZBLUE… READ FULL STORY AT THEGG!