Daigo's beautifully inescapable unblockable, Bonchan's brutal beat down and Kazunoko's heartbreak; Red Bull Kumite highlights part two

If you missed Red Bull Kumite 2016, you missed out. Luckily, we have highlights of our favorite moments for those of you We kicked part one of our highlights off with a double knock out, and so it seems fitting that we do the same for part two.

At the nail biting end of the third round of the third game between Kazunoko's Cammy and RZR|Xian's F.A.N.G, the life bars eek dangerously close to empty. Poison and chip damage seem to be the name of the game until the two clash in mid air with this surprising result.


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Players express distaste for way latter brackets were run at Texas Showdown 2016, tournament organizer and PR Balrog comment further

Texas Showdown 2016 was the most recent stop on the Capcom Pro Tour, and though the event was a success, some players expressed a bit of distaste in the way latter brackets were run.

The most common way tournaments transition from pools to latter brackets is to simply go down the list, pitting the winners and losers from pool 1 against pool 2, pool 3 against pool 4 and so on. This has become the unofficial standard, though nowhere have we found it to be in writing as law for Capcom Pro Tour events.

Texas Showdown has a different way of going about things, and this caused a bit of grief with some of the contenders. For the Street Fighter 5 top 32 bracket, the tournament organizers played pool 1 against pool 16, pool two against pool 15 and followed that pattern instead.

Players like EG|PR Balrog, who wanted to prepare for their matches by watching footage of their opponents, found it particularly hard to find the brackets, and many were surprised to discover the uncommon format for top 32.

We spoke with both PR Rog and Texas Showdown tournament organizer, Javier Moreno, to get a clearer picture of exactly what went down.

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SNK Playmore simplifies company name to 'SNK', reverts slogan back to 'The Future is Now'

Time for a brief history lesson. SNK started back in 1978, closed its doors and was essentially assimilated by Playmore in 2001. Noting the SNK brand's popularity, Playmore became SNK Playmore in 2003.

According to SNK's official Twitter, the company is changing its name yet again by nixing the latter portion to effectively return to 'SNK.' They've also re-adopted their old company motto, "The Future is Now."

While SNK has a long list of notable gaming contributions, the latest King of Fighters is surely the most immediate association with company here in the fighting game community.

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Killer Instinct Season 3 review: Gameplay is the best it's ever been, new fighters are all welcome additions

Killer Instinct Season 3 has been in the hands of Xbox One and Windows 10 users for a few weeks now. For the first time ever, PC players get to strut their stuff in the realm of KI, and both platforms have been brought together by the game's cross-play function.

Season 3 comes equipped with new game mechanics, eight more playable characters, new stages, and more. The alterations and additions made in the latest iteration aim to improve match flow, game balance, and the overall Killer Instinct experience.

So, how does Season 3 stack up to its predecessors? And is Killer Instinct still the strong modern fighting title we've come to know and love?

Hit the jump to check out our Killer Instinct Season 3 review.

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'Please don't see this as an end to me doing what I do' - Spooky discusses his new job in Asia as Program Manager for XSplit

By day he's known as Victor Fontanez, but we all know him as one of, if not the, most well known streamers in all of the fighting game community: Spooky.

Though based in New York, Spooky travels the globe as the technical backbone behind a great many of the major fighting game events we all watch throughout the year. In many ways, he has paved the way for FGC streaming, having started into the business even before its popularity boomed.

We recently noticed a post from Spooky, stating that he's landed a job with XSplit, and will be headed to the other side of the world as a result.

"I will be working at Split Media Labs as the Program Manager for XSplit Broadcaster. I will be spending a lot more time in the Philippines and Asia region as a part of my new role."

We were able to conduct a quick interview for a more details on the matter to get a better idea of what this means for the FGC's most notable stream producer.

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Mira will join the Killer Instinct roster on April 27th; see her official trailer here

Update: We just received news, via Killer Instinct's Twitter, of Mira's official release date.

Earlier: Mira's official Killer Instinct trailer has been released, giving us another look at the vampiric femme fatale.

Iron Galaxy was kind enough to give us a preview of Mira at PAX two days ago, and so we've already gotten to see some of what the new character can do.

Mira specifically identifies Maya as her sister in this trailer, though we already heard rumors that these two were siblings some time back.

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Sako sparring with one of Japan's best Chun-Li players - high-level match footage with key display

Last week, we translated an interview that the Famitsu editorial team with Hori|Sako. In it, he talked about his change in Street Fighter 5 mains from Karin to Chun-Li, his favorite "Sako Combo" (for now), and his plans for the year -- his first tournament outside of Japan will likely be EVO 2016, in July. That's over two months away.

Fortunately, we won't have to wait that long to see more of Hori|Sako's high-level play in action. Some of you may already know this, but in SF5, he plays under the tag "Option9". Today we have for you some replays of Hori|Sako sparring with two of Japan's finest: NPB_ken (Chun-Li) and kyo_anton (Nash).

In the first video, Hori|Sako even takes a perfect round against NPB_ken's Chun-Li in the mirror match. Between the two top Chun players, you'll get to see many examples of high-level techniques, such as a cr.LP, standing LP into Spinning Bird Kick.

Here's a snippet to get you started:


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Bison hits three EX Psycho Infernos in one combo, Nash plows through V-Reversal, and more - the latest CMV from Desk is noodle-themed

Desk is back once again with another epic Street Fighter 5 combo video. The theme this time around is... noodles.

As many know, there is a unique feature to the Bustling Side Street stage in Street Fighter 5 that allows you to drop a bowl of noodles on your opponent's head if you KO them in the right spot. In Desk's video, every character executing combos wears the noodles for a "Noodlehead combo party reloaded: dubstep edition."

Though the title may be a bit strange, don't let that fool you. The combos featured here are as impressive as ever.

Towards the end of the video, we see a couple of combos featuring non-noodle-headed characters, and the Bison sequence is just awesome. Check it out in the GIF below, and catch the full video after the break.


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Infiltration juggles Tokido with Sonic Boom into Critical Art, Justin scores a clutch time out: Red Bull Kumite 2016 replays

Red Bull Kumite 2016 took place over the weekend, and this event brought together some of the best Street Fighter 5 players on the scene today together under one roof.

If you didn't get a chance to catch all of the action, fear not. Red Bull eSports has uploaded a slew of matches over on YouTube.

These replays include the winners, losers, and grand finals sets, along with bouts featuring players such as MCZ|Daigo, EG|Justin Wong, EG|Momochi, RZR|Xian, and more.

To get you started, check out this GIF in which RZR|Infiltration scores a sick juggle on Tokido in grand finals.


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King of Fighters 14 gets 2 new trailers, will be released in August for Japan and the US, Classic Kyo shown as a DLC costume

King of Fighters 14 has just gotten two new trailers featuring a bunch of new characters as well as a release date.

The first banner goes through the game modes that will be present in the eventual game, and gives a quick glimpse at each team of playable characters you have to look forward to when the game launches.

The second trailer is more like the ones we've seen so far, and gives some brief action from previously-revealed characters, as well as some more focused screentime on one's we haven't seen until now, in this case Nakoruru and Shun'ei. You can find some images below.

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King of Fighters 14 live stream on a build featuring 24 playable characters

Today, King of Fighters 14 is being live streamed for 3 hours, starting now, from eSports Square in Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan.

This playable build of King of Fighters 14 has a whopping 24 characters playable, so you can expect to see some true variety during the festivities.

You can see the playable roster below.


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Hit the jump to check out the livestream in all of its glory.

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Texas Showdown 2016 results ft Rico Suave, ChrisG, PR Balrog, Sleep

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend, Texas Showdown 2016 is taking place in ... Well, Texas.

This is a Capcom Pro Tour event, so points are on the line for Street Fighter 5, but you'll also get to see tournament play of Killer Instinct, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Mortal Kombat X, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Pokkén Tournament, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike and Street Fighter 2: Super Turbo.

As for players attending, you can expect to see UA|Rico Suave, NYChrisG, EG|PR Balrog, F3|Sleep, Julio, UA|Bass, WFX|801 Strider, Wolfkrone, Brenttiscool, F3|Alucard, DL|FourWude, WT|Hamad, PandaTV|Dark Jiewa, DM|El Cubano Loco, CH|BrolyLegs, GS|Gllty, UA|Jan, UA|Showtime, Nacer, VGP|Integra, TFA|OmgItzAndre, ThrashHeavy and many more.

Streaming duties are being handled by LevelUp Live, PandaxGaming, Smash United, Texas Melee and BeastChan23.

Check out the full action below.

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Daigo and Tokido trade comebacks, Kazunoko throws caution to the wind and Momochi redefines the term 'Hail Mary'; Red Bull Kumite highlights, part one

Red Bull Kumite 2016 has come and gone, and it truly was one of the most exciting events we've seen this year.

There were a ton of incredible plays today, and so we've put together two highlight posts for this one event. This is part one of our collection of our favorite moments from this year's event.

The best place to start is usually at the beginning, and Red Bull Kumite absolutely kicked things off with one of the most explosive match ups they could have arranged. MCZ|Daigo vs. Tokido is rarely a first round fight, but these two top players got it on early, and they didn't disappoint.

The tournament's very first round came to a climactic finish when both competitors took turns narrowly whiffing normals that would certainly KO on hit. After a very tense sequence, these two Japanese gods end things with a double knock out.


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Smash Summit 2 results ft. Armada, Hungrybox, Mango, Mew2King

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Running Thursday through Sunday this weekend, a whole bunch of top Smashers are holed in with one another inside one house - enter Smash Summit 2.

This event has a bunch of different Super Smash Bros. Melee action going on, all weekend long, so make sure to tune in.

Players featured are Alliance|Armada, Liquid|Hungrybox, C9|Mango, COG|Mew2King, PG|Plup, Tempo|Westballz, Tempo|Axe, WFX|Shroomed, CLG|SFAT, Secret|Silent Wolf, PG|Esam, CLG|PewPewU, mYi|Ice, MIOM|S2J, Duck and PG|Wobbles.

Check it out below.

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Colors, cages, cameras and competition; why Red Bull Kumite 2016 was one of the most outstanding FGC productions we've seen to date

With 16 of the world's greatest Street Fighter players in attendance, this year's Red Bull Kumite may have been the most exciting Street Fighter 5 tournament we've seen thus far. From the game play to the event production, everything about RBK 2016 was absolutely top notch and professional.

Given the UFC style setting, complete with caged ring and entrance theatrics, it goes without saying that a company like Red Bull has the financial means to put all the bells and whistles on a production. Click the image below to see a few shots that highlight this.

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While the added theatrics and such certainly aid in bringing the hype, RBK also paid very close attention to the smaller, and more accessible to the everyday tournament organizer, details.

For starters, the stream station had every color unlocked for every character. When we reached out to Rachid Koga, the event's main behind-the-scenes man, he informed us that they had one staff member play through Survival Mode on each difficulty to attain said colors.

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