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MTG just bought DreamHack for nearly 30 million dollars

DreamHack is a Scandinavian company known for hosting the world's biggest digital festivals. These festivals, synonymous with the company name, occur yearly throughout Europe, and attract leagues of players for various games and medias.

We in the FGC know DreamHack for its representation of titles like Super Smash Bros. Melee and Ultra Street Fighter 4, notably housing two stops on the Capcom Pro Tour this year.

Modern Times Group, a Swedish digital entertainment company, is acquiring DreamHack for an enterprise value of SEK 244 million, (28.2 million USD.)

MTG also recently acquired 74% of ESL, the world's largest eSports company. Jørgen Madsen Lindemann, MTG President and CEO, discusses the company's recent movements,

"Our strategy is to invest in relevant, complementary and scalable digital brands, content and communities. We are creating a digital video entertainment ecosystem and esports is at the very centre of this given its global appeal and huge following.”

Hit the jump to see DreamHack's CEO's statement on the matter.

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Battle of the gods? Justin Wong, Filipino Champ, ChrisG and RayRay have chosen eight-man, fantasy, mega teams for Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3

Following a tweet from PG|Filipino Champ promoting the idea of an 8v8 mega Marvel exhibition, four Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 legends have each compiled a list of players they'd want to have on their side in this fantasy fight.

EG|Justin Wong, PG|Filipino Champ, Tempo|ChrisG and RayRay have thoughtfully gone over the Marvel player roster, and selected seven other players that they'd have accompany them into battle.

There are currently no plans to have such an exhibition, but with all the hype on social media today, as well as such notable players taking obvious interest, we wouldn't be surprised to see something to this effect come to fruition at a major event in the future.

We'll start by giving you RayRay's team:

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Hit the jump to see Chris, Champ and Justin's picks.

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Arturo Sanchez explores Dhalsim in Street Fighter 5 as he takes on Ricki Ortiz and others in these exhibition matches

TS|Sabin, also known as Arturo Sanchez, has been scoring KOs for quite some time now.

Though he spends a ton of his time and energy streaming, Sanchez is still known as a major threat with his Dhalsim in Ultra Street Fighter 4. With Sim returning in Street Fighter 5, we're very interested in seeing what the veteran player can do with him.

We've grabbed a couple of SF5 exhibition videos from Sanchez's channel, including a bout he has with EG|Ricki Ortiz and her Chun-Li.

How does one of the world's best Dhalsim specialists take to the newest iteration of the character? Hit the jump to find out.

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Daigo is like the Michael Jordan of the FGC; Fortune magazine explores how Mad Catz has come to dominate the FGC peripheral market

You'd be hard pressed to find a member of the current fighting game community who isn't familiar with the video game accessory and peripheral development company, Mad Catz.

Mad Catz, and its iconic claw-tear logo, has become a household name in gaming culture, and there's a very specific reason why. To those of us in the FGC, when someone brings up Mad Catz, who and what do you think of?

You probably default to their notable players like MCZ|Tokido, MCZ|Mago and, of course, MCZ|Daigo Umehara. The company name may also bring to mind the Tournament Edition line of fightsticks that have come to be a standard that many judge similar products by.

It wasn't always this way however, as company rep Mark "MarkMan" Julio recalls, “We went from zero market share in the arcade fightstick business in 2008 to owning the space by 2010.”

Fortune magazine has investigated the reason behind the recent boom in Mad Catz's success. Hit the jump to continue on, and discover their lucrative strategy.

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Having trouble finding that 'special someone' on the character select screen? Omni offers guidance with his three steps to finding your main character

This is a question that every single fighting game player must face: "Who will I pick as my main character?"

Surely you know a member or two of your community, maybe it's you, who seem to play character roulette every other week in their respective games. It's not the easiest decision for many, and so today we look to Smash aficionado Omni for guidance.

Though Omni's game of choice is Super Smash Bros., his advice easily permeates through all fighting game titles. His direction: identify yourself, date around and then choose your main.

If you're having trouble coming to rest on a character that feels best with your mind and fingers, give this video a watch, and see if Omni's approach helps you find your one and only. You'll catch the video after the jump.

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Ultra Street Fighter 4 and Street Fighter 5? Melee and Wii U? EVO organizer asks if same-franchise games should coexist in next year's line up

After the recent poll asking which games fans would most like to see on the main EVO 2016 line up, the tournament's organizer Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar took to Twitter once again to prompt followers with a handful of other questions.

Street Fighter 5 is set to be released on February 16th, 2016, so we'll undoubtedly see Capcom's upcoming title on the main stage at next year's EVO. But what about Ultra Street Fighter 4? Should the new franchise installment squeeze its predecessor out of the line up?

It looks like the EVO TO is considering the possibility of only having Street Fighter 5. Not only that, but he also asked fans if Super Smash Bros. Melee and Wii U should coexist as main games next year, posting two poll questions: the first asking if there should be one or two Smash games in the line up and the other asking which of the two people would most like to see.

Mr. Wizard clarifies that these polls aren't the final say by any means. Instead, these are just being used to collect data and see where the community stands.

You can check out all three Twitter polls and the results after the jump.

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Zangief can combo into air SPD after a full V-Trigger, Combofiend says hit-grabs for all grapplers in Street Fighter 5 could change

This past weekend, IGN sat down with the associate producer on Street Fighter 5, Peter "Combofiend" Rosas, to run through some of the new tricks returning fighter Zangief has. Though we shared this video previously, there are a couple of intricate details that we'd like to talk about today.

One of the most interesting things that people might not know about Zangief in Street Fighter 5 is that he can actually combo into his air SPD.

'If you see [V-Trigger] hit, just keep it going and get maximum damage," Rosas explains. "That actually combos into air SPD. You can combo it, [but] it's up to you to land it."

We see later in the video that Combofiend actually does land the aforementioned combo. To connect the air SPD successfully, players will have to use an instant air SPD input, meaning you'll have to jump and perform a 360 motion fairly quickly.

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Ten moves in Street Fighter 5 that we're really scared of right now

Let us throw you a disclaimer right off the bat, this is not a list of the 10 best moves in Street Fighter 5, this is a list of 10 very strong moves that could be contenders for the best.

We also take into account that many or all of these attacks could change before the game drops in February of next year. When it's all said and done, we're a little scared that these moves might give the characters that perform them a bit too big of an advantage.

Laura's Medium Punches

Our first move isn't incredibly flashy, but it surely gets the job done for Laura. Looking at some of the footage from a recent WSO Sessions, we see that Laura can get a lot of potential mileage from her crouching medium punch.

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Not to be outdone, her standing medium punch is even better. It's +3 on block, +4 on hit, has a six frame start up and lunges forward. Obviously it's a great normal by itself, but that's not why we're scared of it.

During beta play, it seemed Lauras could just spam this move, and its hitbox was good enough to beat out most everything we tried. If it hits, she can go into her target combo, then V-Trigger cancel into more pain.

Alternatively, she can stop and go for the command grab reset if she chooses. Essentially, she gets a lot from this, it's got good range, high priority and not very risky.

Hit the jump for the rest.

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The Street Fighter 5 line of statues from Pop Culture Shock kicks off with Cammy, and they're already selling out

Just yesterday, Pop Culture Shock officially made their first Street Fighter 5 statue available for pre-order. This figure depicts Cammy White as she performs her trademark Cannon Strike, crushing a stone Shadaloo symbol.

Cammy appears in her traditional green garments, blue and white alternate or in a third option featuring all pink. Her 3D model comes directly from the game, thus making it a very accurate representation. You can check out a few images below:

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If you're interested, you'll want to hurry as in just one day the pink option is already sold out. Her base model runs at $409.99, while the alternates range from $414.99 to $420.99 due to the fact that they offer interchangeable faces.

This figure won't actually drop until September of 2016, so it'll be a bit of a wait before you can actually get your hands on it. Thus far, Nash is the only other SF5 statue confirmed by PCS, though we're sure more are to be announced in coming months.

Head over to Pop Culture Shock for more details, images and to pre-order. Thank you to BornFree for contributions to this story.

Best of Three to discuss Street Fighter 5 censorship, EVO lineup and welcomes Valmaster on today's live broadcast at 5 p.m. PST

Efren and Danke are back for another weekly dose of fighting game news.

This week they welcome one of the best Chun-Li's in the world, repeat competitor at Capcom Cup and one of France's top players: YP|Valmaster.

Also, on the list of topics to discuss are the recent censors Capcom has made in Street Fighter 5. Is their removal of more overt sexual images a positive or a negative?

We'll also hear about next year's EVO lineup, home tournaments and more. Hit the jump to see the live stream.

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Jamie Lee Curtis brings up EVO on national television

It was quite a pleasant surprise for the FGC when we discovered that famed actress Jamie Lee Curtis secretly attended EVO this year.

Curtis guest starred on CBS' The Talk today, and during her time there, she briefly brought up her trip to the world's largest fighting game tournament. EVO tournament organizer, Joey "Evil Mr. Wizard" Cuellar captured this and tweeted it out.

As a fan of gaming culture and the like, Curtis has actually been to multiple events this year, including BlizzCon most recently. Hit the jump below to see her segment on The Talk.

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Dhalsim's V-Trigger can actually benefit his opponent; find out how, along with an analysis of all his other moves in VesperArcade's breakdown

Since he was introduced in Street Fighter 2, Dhalsim has always been a cut from a different mold when compared to the other Street Fighters.

His long reaching normals, slow movement and ability to teleport made him incredibly unique, and though other characters have since shared some of his abilities, he still stands as one of the most idiosyncratic figures in the series.

The Street Fighter 5 version of Sim may be the most complex yet, making him a puzzle piece that we're honestly not quite sure where to place. His V-Trigger, Yoga Burner, has some obvious perks in that it traps the opponent into taking gray damage, and can potentially be a great tool.

Despite its advantages, if a player is not able to score a hit and thus collect on this gray damage, they essentially will have swapped V-Meters with their opponent. Sim's very different fireball, Critical Art and V-Skill only add to our inability to place him.

Surely we'll get a better picture as players become fluent with him, but in the meantime we have VesperArcade's breakdown. Hit the jump to check out everything we've seen thus far with Sim in SF5.

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'One of my first tournaments was EVO... and I won' - 'Cultivation' season 1 premieres with Snake Eyez's rise to prominence

Red Bull has debuted the first episode of a new series entitled Cultivation. These videos will tell the stories of different professional eSports players and follow their journey to success.

The first season will focus on Red Bull's own Darryl “Snake Eyez” Lewis, known best for his amazing Zangief in Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo and Ultra Street Fighter 4.

Below is a quick summary from the official Cultivation press release.

Darryl “Snake Eyez” Lewis is not only the best up and coming Street Fighter player in North America, he’s also the best Zangief player in the world. The core of Cultivation’s narrative revolves around Darryl’s humble beginnings and his choice to play video games professionally as an outlet.

After a devastating loss at the hands of MCZ|Daigo Umehara at 2015’s Evolution Championship Series (EVO), Darryl realized he needed to level up his skill set if he wanted to achieve his dreams of being the best player in the World. To do that, Darryl would need to travel to Japan and train with the Japanese players who currently sit atop the Street Fighter rankings.

The first season of Cultivation tells the story of Darryl’s journey over five episodes slated to appear weekly on Red Bull TV. Episode One “The Call to Adventure” debuting today focuses on Darryl’s early life growing up in Compton, what drove him to choose a life of a professional eSports athlete, and why Zangief – an uncommon character choice in most professional competition – is Snake Eyez’s fighter of choice.

Hit the jump to check out a release schedule for the rest of the season, along with episode 1.

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Tekken moves in real life: Prepare to feel out of shape watching this guy perform all of Hwoarang's attacks

Eric Jacobus is a stuntman from the San Francisco and Los Angeles areas. You might recognize him as Stryker in Mortal Kombat Legacy.

Today, we have one of his videos in which he takes on the role of another fighting game character: Tekken's Hwoarang. This time, however, Jacobus simply performs the fighter's move list from what appears to be Tekken Tag Tournament 2. Well, I shouldn't say "simply;" these attacks look hard as Hell to pull off in real life.

What's most impressive is the quick multi-kicks that don't utilize a return to standing position. The following GIF is a quick preview of what you can expect to see here.

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You can check out Jacobus' full video of "The Tekken Workout" below, although we don't recommend trying this at home.

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Nintendo Direct makes its return this Thursday

Nintendo Direct is a video series in which the company takes the time to share some of their upcoming projects and latest news with their fans. These broadcasts were most often led by former Nintendo President Satoru Iwata, but due to his unexpected passing back in July, the streams have been on an indefinite hiatus.

The series will be returning this week, however. Fans who are wondering what Nintendo has coming down the pike will certainly want to tune in this Thursday at 2 p.m. PST / 5 p.m. EST.

As it stands right now, we are uncertain who will be taking Mr. Iwata's place as the host of the broadcast, and what exactly the company will be unveiling is also a mystery.

What we do know is, the official Super Smash Bros. character ballot ended a month ago, and we still have yet to see any information on which characters were voted for most or any other DLC plans for the game. We can only hope that we'll be seeing some Smash Bros. news later this week, and we'll be watching live in anticipation.

Via Kotaku.

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