With the start of September, we’ve officially reached the fall tournament season for the Fighting Game Community. There’s about 3 months left in the season and with that I’d like to highlight some of the upcoming tournaments in the lead up to Capcom Cup.
CEOtaku is an anime-centric tournament run by Alex Jebailey and the fine folks behind CEO. This is the event’s second year and last year’s tournament had some excellent highlights from the American airdasher scene. Alex Jebailey has done good work for Orlando’s fighting game community and CEOtaku is a fantastic tournament that caters exclusively to the anime fighting game community, a community that shows off some of the most skillful execution and unbridled enthusiasm in the community.
Dates: September 1-2, 2016 in Orlando, Florida
Featured Games: Blazblue: Chronophantasma, Guilty Gear Revelator, Melty Blood: Actress Again Current Code, Catherine, King of Fighters XIV
The Fall Classic
The East Coast’s Fall Classic is essentially the fighting game tournament equivalent of a super group. The tournament was founded by East Coast Throwdown’s Joe “LI Joe” Ciramelli and John Gallager, Big E Gaming’s Eric “Big E” Small and Final Round’s Larry “ShinBlanka” Dixon in an attempt to unite the East Coast tournament scene. Last year’s tournament had a lot of heart including some excellent grudge matches and there is always a wealth of vintage arcade machines available for freeplay throughout the event. The event is also a Team Ninja sponsored stop on 2016’s Dead or Alive Battle Royale.
Dates: October 7-10 in Raleigh, North Carolina
Featured Games: Street Fighter V, Guilty Gear Xrd: Revelator, King of Fighters XIV, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Killer Instinct, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round
Hosted by Level Up Productions, SoCal Regional is the largest tournament in the Southern California areas. SoCal is one of the most densely populated areas for the FGC and the competition is fierce. The event is hosted in the legendary eSports Arena and SoCal’s finest will be in attendance.
Dates: October 14-16 in Santa Ana, California
Featured Games: Street Fighter V, Mortal Kombat XL, Tekken 7, Guilty Gear Revelator, Super Smash Bros WiiU, King of Fighters XIV, Killer Instinct
Canada Cup is the country’s biggest fighting game tournament. The event houses some of Canada’s finest including personal favorite, Chi-Rithy. The tournament has a wealth of different games and is the second to last Premiere event before the Capcom Cup finals in December. Alongside the Capcom Pro Tour Premiere status, the event will also be hosting a Namco Bandai sponsored Tekken 7 tournmant with the company adding a $3000 prize bonus.
Dates: October 28-30 in Toronto, Ontario.
Feature Games: Street Fighter V, Tekken 7: Fated Retribution, Guilty Gear Revelator, Killer Instinct, Super Smash Bros Melee, Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3
This year’s Red Bull Kumite was probably one of my favorite events and I have high hopes for the Red Bull Battle Grounds. The event is the Capcom Pro Tour North American finals and it is the last chance to qualify for the event.
When: November 4-6 in Seattle, Washington
Featured Games: Street Fighter V
Going forward, my portion of The Game Haus’s fighting games coverage will be showing up on Sundays. Also, I promise at some point Combo Theory will be back. Promise.
Seth Hall has been playing fighting games for the last four years and writing for the last two. He can be found on twitter @themanseries and will be competing at The Fall Classic in Raleigh, North Carolina.
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