Step aside Counter Strike, a Street Fight is about to take place.
That’s right, it’s been a long time coming for competitive fighting games, but finally it’s their time to shine! TBS is ready to bring back the top-notch eSports action this year, and after a very successful run with Counter Strike: Global Offensive last year via the ELEAGUE, the company is mixing things up a bit this time around, bringing in a brand new title into the fold – Street Fighter V!
Get hype fighters, Street Fighter V will be joining the ELEAGUE via an invitational which will feature 32 of some of the most prominent Street Fighter V players in the world! The players featured will be the entire top 16 from the 2016 Capcom Cup, as well as another 16 which will be invited by Capcom themselves. In case you aren’t familiar with the top 16 players of the 2016 Capcom Cup, they are as follows:
- Team Liquid | Du ‘NuckleDu‘ Dang
- Evil Geniuse | Ricki Ortiz
- GGP Ryota | ‘Kazunoko‘ Inoue
- YOUDEAL’s | Tatsuya Haitani
- Razer’s Keita | ‘Fuudo‘ Ai
- Joe ‘MOV’ Egami
- YOUDEAL | Fujimara ‘Yukadon‘ Atsushi
- HM | Goichi ‘Go1‘ Kishida
- Red Bull | Olivier ‘Luffy‘ Hay
- Razer | Kun ‘Xian‘ Ho
- TP Link | Arman Rabiee ‘Phenom‘ Hanjani
- BST Red Bull | Daigo Umehara
- Meltdown Natan ‘Mister Crimson‘ Massol
- GW | Hiroyuki ‘Eita‘ Nagata
- Panda Global | Ryan ‘Filipino Champ‘ Ramirez.
All 32 players will be competing to earn their share of the $250,000 feature prize pool! The invitational is set to kick off with preliminary rounds on March 27th-30th, with the top 24 players from the preliminary rounds advancing onto the regular season. Matches will be eligible to watch live via TBS and Twitch at 10pm on April 7th, April 21st, May 5th, and May 12th. Each of these weeks, six players will play in every group.
Matches will continue as scheduled up until the playoffs, which will be taking place on May 26th. Live coverage of the playoffs will be broadcasted on Twitch all throughout the day, with coverage of the final stages being live on TBS at 10pm EST that night.
While this is not the first time Street Fighter has been broadcast on Television, it’s definitely the first time it will be broadcast to such a large extent, almost being a sort of series of sorts, rather than just a one-day thing. This is definitely an exciting leap for the Fighting Game Community, as while Street Fighter V may not be everyone’s cup of tea, it’s definitely great for marketing purposes not only for the title, but for the FGC as a whole. Hopefully we see even more fighting games featured as part of the ELEAGUE if this proves to be a success.