Winner Stays On to show Balrog on today's live stream at 12:30 p.m. PDT

We're only days away from Street Fighter 5's next update, and although we're getting a ton of content already, the most recent reveal may be the most exciting. Balrog will be made playable this coming Friday, and we'll finally be seeing our first Versus Mode glimpse of him today.

Capcom's Matt Edwards will be showing off Boxer on today's Winner Stays On live stream. Edwards has had some time behind the scenes with the traditional SF character, so he'll be showing us the ins and outs today.

The live stream is set to start at 12:30 p.m. PDT, and you can see the live embed after the jump below.

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Beautiful design, crushing blows and he's got his headbutt back; check out our early impressions from Balrog's Street Fighter 5 trailer

We received quite the surprise last night at CEO when Capcom's Haunts took center stage to reveal that Balrog would be released this coming Friday along with the rest of the proposed June update for Street Fighter 5. After watching his trailer quite a few times, we've broken things down to share what we've noticed thus far.

First thing's first, one of Street Fighter's most iconic stages is back. Balrog's Las Vegas Casino returns in Street Fighter 5, much like Guile's Air Force Base, though with a bit of renovation.

The old "Nin-Nin Hall" has now been changed to "Shadaloo Hall", and "Golden Nugget" has now been changed to "Golden Bullion."

Balrog's Critical Art is a one-hit wind up punch that very much echoes Spencer's Bionic Arm from Marvel vs. Capcom 3. (I wonder which Capcom employee came up with the idea to give boxer a move like this?)

In any case, Rog winds up for a massive blow that he can use mid combo if he chooses. I expect a lot of audience hype to come about as a result of players using this Critical Art in tournament.

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FADC combos / pressure and a lot of DPs: Poongko's Akuma tries to avoid the puddle as he battles Aris in Tekken 7 Fated Retribution

At CEO 2016 this past weekend, the Bandai Namco team was in attendance showing off their latest fighter, Tekken 7 Fated Retribution.

Avoiding The Puddle's own -- and long-time Tekken enthusiast -- Aris went up against Secret|Poongko in a T7 exhibition set. As one would expect, Aris ran with Dragunov throughout the bout, while Poongko battled it out as game's Street Fighter guest character, Akuma.

In this match up, we get to see quite a bit more of what Akuma can do. Poongko does a great job of demonstrating some of the character's pressure and larger combos using FADC, and it looks like The Machine hasn't stopped throwing all of the uppercuts he can wherever he can.

Below is a quick clip to get you started.


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Is Poongko's Street Fighter experience enough to help him beat Aris in a Tekken 7 set? Hit the jump to find out.

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Capcom cites stability concerns as reason for dropping Street Fighter 5's Zenny system, sheds more light on Ibuki delay

As many know, Street Fighter 5's next DLC character was set to drop at the end of last month. However, due to some unforeseen circumstances, Ibuki's release ultimately ended up being delayed.

During our talk with Capcom at E3, Director of Brand Marketing and eSports Matt Dahlgren shared with us more information concerning the unfortunate hold up, as well as their reasoning for doing away with Street Fighter 5's Zenny system.

On the subject of Zenny -- a system that would allow players to purchase in-game currency with real money and use it to unlock costumes, stages, and more -- Dahlgren told EventHubs that stability issues were the crux of its omission.

"The feature just wasn't shaping up to be as stable as we would have liked," Dahlgren said. "We decided to go with a more tried and true formula using the native PlayStation and Steam stores.

"What was most important to us was that our value proposition that we promised to our fans up front still remained exactly the same. Given the instability we had before, we just wanted to go with the safe option for a payment system."

Fortunately, this decision has been well received by the community, and Capcom is confident that this was the correct move as it helps get their in-game store up and running.

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He's nearly 300 pounds and loves bourbon, gold and women; check out Balrog's Street Fighter 5 stats and theme song

The official Japanese Street Fighter 5 website has just updated their page reflect Balrog's details including statistics, attributes and theme song.

Their page is in Japanese, but we've got English speakers covered with all that info right here.

First, check out these high definition screen shots:

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Infiltration contemplating moving to America, will likely have answer after Capcom Cup 2016

BornFree has done it again with yet another great interview with one of the hottest contenders in Street Fighter 5 right now, RZR|Infiltration.

Infil discusses a variety of interesting topics, and reveals that he has four SF5 characters that will be tournament ready by EVO. This list includes Nash, F.A.N.G, Alex and a mystery fighter to keep the community on their toes.

With regards to his potential move to America, Infil says he'd still like to represent Korea, but it seems the most fruitful next step for him would be to move to the States. He'd like to have rivalries with players like EG|Justin Wong, and be a leader in the West Coast scene.

Please don't be scared off by the video's 43 minute time span, Born included all of Infiltration's responses in Korean so as to capture his body language and such, and so that Korean speakers can hear what he has to say first hand.

There are time stamps for those who wish to quickly hear the English answers, shortening the interview considerably.

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Capcom counts down their top five Street Fighter 5 moments from CEO 2016

With events like Final Round 19, Red Bull Kumite, Stunfest and Combo Breaker, just to name a few, there's been no shortage of amazing and hype Street Fighter 5 play this year.

With WWE level drama, complete with actual professional wrestlers on site, an incredible production value and an insane finish to Street Fighter 5, CEO 2016 may very well have taken then figural cake.

Capcom Fighters has gathered their top five moments from the tournament, and put them in a countdown video. Here's part of the countdown, RZR|Infiltration's suplex spree:

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White House responds to eSports visa petition; declines to address matter

Earlier this year, a petition was created in hopes of taking a first step towards getting foreign eSports competitors visas to come compete in the United States.

This petition met its 100,000 signature goal back in May, ensuring a response from the White House within a time frame of 60 days. Said response has come back, but it's not what much of the community was hoping to hear. Below is an excerpt:

"Consistent with the We the People Terms of Participation, we decline to address such matters that are properly within the jurisdiction of federal departments or agencies -- in this case, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a component of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)."

You can read the full response from We the People after the jump.

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'It's understandable that people are back lashing a little, it's because they care about the game' - F-Word and Logan Sama talk the state of SF5

Acclaimed commentators Femi "F-Word" Adeboye and Logan Sama joined Best of 3 last week, sharing thoughts on the state of Street Fighter 5, and Dreamhack summer in particular.

BX3|Phenom's recent win at Dreamhack shook things up as far as the Pro Tour standings go. F-Word points out that it had been quite some time since a European player managed to take down several of the Japanese threats. "I think it just reiterates that the gap isnt as big as people assumed it was," he says.

When it came to how Street Fighter 5 can be improved moving forward, Logan Sama feels that the game is lacking something to keep people interested. He goes on to state: "Give us a reason to spend hours and hours a week, and hundreds of dollars on it, rather than just the initial $60 and the season pass."

F-Word seems to have similar feelings as well, going on to state that he feels as though Capcom hasn't been doing quite enough with an IP that is as large as Street Fighter.

You can check out the full interview and much more in the video below.

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Third time's the charm - Tokido secures Capcom Cup spot by defeating Infiltration at CEO; ends grand finals with a perfect

If you've been following the Capcom Pro Tour since the start of the 2016 season, you're probably aware that one player in particular has had quite the interesting journey so far.

In Street Fighter 5, Infiltration has been the player to beat. His nearly unstoppable Nash has led him to a first place victory in almost every event he's entered this year, and there's a good chance that nobody knows this better than Tokido.

The former Mad Catz squad member has been on the verge taking home the premier event gold and grabbing a spot on the Capcom Cup line up several times this season, and each time victory has remained out of reach because of Infiltration.

These two players first locked horns in the Final Round 19 grand finals where Infiltration defeated Tokido 3-1 and became the first player to qualify for the Capcom Cup.

The very next weekend, Infiltration eliminated Tokido in grand finals again at NorCal Regionals 2016, preventing the Ryu player from qualifying once more.

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Balrog costumes revealed, Juri and Urien artwork; new Karin Summer stage and outfit also unveiled and coming this Friday

Capcom has released a blog this morning providing us will all of the details about the next Street Fighter 5 update.

Firstly, the next patch is set to roll out on July 1st at 12:00 midnight in all territories. This will be prefaced with the standard server maintenance we usually see before an update, which will begin at 2 p.m. PDT on June 30th.

As we learned last night at CEO 2016, the update will add Ibuki to the roster and the cinematic story expansion, as well as Balrog as a playable character. Additionally, we will be getting new stages and costumes, which we will discuss now.

Balrog's story and premium costumes, and his classic Las Vegas stage, will become available for purchase when the update drops. Additionally, to honor the Summer time Capcom is making available a brand new stage and costume for Karin.

The Kanzuki Family Private Beach will become available this Friday for 70,000 fight money, and Karin's premium Summer outfit can also be purchased from the PS Store and Steam for $3.99 / €3.99 / £3.29.

To round us out, we also get a look at Urien and Juri's official artwork.

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For more information and screenshots of Balrog, including details on his V-moves, be sure to hit he jump.

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Balrog Street Fighter 5 trailer, playable this Friday - Urien and Juri also shown

This evening at CEO 2016 Capcom announced that Balrog would be a playable character in the latest update for Street Fighter 5, coming this Friday, July 1, 2016.

Urien and Juri were also briefly shown during Balrog's trailer, along with the Las Vegas stage, which Balrog fought on in the Street Fighter 2 series.

Balrog will be joined by Ibuki, the story mode update and daily challenges, and new costumes and stages that made up the June update for the game.

You can find the trailer below, along with some images of the newly revealed fighters.

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Heart breaking time out, air throws from half screen away and a champion dethroned with a perfect; CEO 2016 highlights

One of the most hype Street Fighter 5 events of all time, CEO 2016, has come to a close, and we've got a round up of our favorite plays from the finals to relive with you.

Before we dive into the top eight action, we have to acknowledge this heart breaker of a time out between Stupendous and CBZ|Nuki.

At the end of their first match, Stupendous brought Nuki's life down to what seemed to be about one hit point. The following 40 seconds would see Nuki whittle away at his foe's life, but Stupendous expected to still be ahead when it was all said and done.

One too many blocked fireballs somehow brought the Zangeif player's life bar even closer to zero than his opponent's. You'll see the time out, and the subsequent reactions below.


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Still, hats off to Stupendous for taking Zangief into the top 16 of CEO 2016.

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CEO 2016 results ft. Infiltration, ZeRo, Momochi, Tokido, SonicFox

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend might only have one major event going on, but it's a big one. A very, very big one. CEO 2016 is taking place, as always, in sunny Orlando, Florida, and there's a huge amount of players set to attend.

Games featured at this event will be Street Fighter 5, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Mortal Kombat X, Pokkén Tournament, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Tekken 7, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, Killer Instinct and Ultra Street Fighter 4 as well as exhibitions in Tekken 7: Fated Retribution and King of Fighters 14.

Players attending include RZR|Infiltration, TSM|ZeRo, EG|Momochi, Tokido, cR|SonicFox, Liquid|Hungrybox, EG|Justin Wong, Liquid|Nairo, Mago, MJS|Haitani, GGP|Kazunoko, FOX|Mew2King, Mr. R, BST|Daigo, CBZ|Nuki, Qanba|Xiao Hai, PxP|A Foxy Grampa, FOX|Julio, PG|Filipino Champ, PG|Plup, Tempo|Westballz, dT|DaBuz, cR|HoneyBee, Tempo|Axe, EG|K-Brad, PG|Esam, KaneBlueRiver, PG|MarlinPie, Chris Tatarian, cR|Dragon, Ally, Selfless|Lucky, CLG|SFAT, Liquid|NuckleDu, RSZ|Abadango, Marn, PG|RayRay, HM|Dogura, F3|Sleep, SPY|MacD, EG|PR Balrog, HM|Eita, Secret|Poongko, RN|Alex Myers, EG|Ricki Ortiz, Melty|Will2Pac, Brenttiscool, cR|WoundCowboy, COG|Wizzrobe, IFC Yipes, TS|Arturo Sanchez, RB|Snake Eyez, NVT|Flash Metroid, UA|Jan, PIE|Smug, MTL|Hayatei, PAG|PinkDiamond, pH|Nando Tovar, Circa|LPN, Hsien Chang, PandaTV|Dark Jiewa, YP|FilipinoMan, UA|Bass, Flux, Wolfkrone, WFX|801 Strider, F3|Alucard, GS|Gllty, LI Joe, Perilous|Packz, BJ Unchained, NOS|Tampa Bison, GnarlyFeats, TS|NerdJosh, DL|FourWude and many, many more.

Streaming is being handled by Capcom Fighters, CEO Gaming, VGBootCamp, MVG League, Pokkén Tournament, FunkyP, Villain904, Polarity GG and Tekken.

Hit the jump to check out the action in full.

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Stop worrying about input delay and start focusing on making yourself faster; Julio Fuentes talks Street Fighter 5, Ken and more

BornFree caught up with Mr. FOX|Julio Fuentes at E3 last week to talk Street Fighter 5 both inside and out, and Fuentes' excited and positive personality set the stage for a both exciting and informative interview.

Fuentes offers some pretty insightful commentary on the way the community looks at the game. He talks about general views of Ken, specifically how they've evolved and some misconceptions that those quick to judge are prone to.

He goes on to discuss the way he and his fellow Ken players have been putting forth a group effort to develop their character a bit more quickly than others.

The two cover a multitude of topics, ensuring that there's something for everyone in this very interesting discussion.

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