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Dieminion leaves Broken Tier, joins Empire Arcadia - Rolando Brison talks history of the Video X Games

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • February 26, 2013 at 9:11 a.m. PST
Our friend Jason24cf conducted an interview with Kevin "Dieminion" Landon over at Winter Brawl 7. In this interview Dieminion drops a large bit of news and states that he will no longer be sponsored by Broken Tier and will be joining Empire Arcadia.

Dieminion will no longer be playing alongside such players as BT|Marlin Pie, BT|IFC Yipes and BT|Viscant and will be joining players such as EMP|Sanford Kelly, EMP|Jago and more.

Dieminion will be on the Bifuteki stream tonight at 8 p.m. EST / 5 p.m. PST to talk a bit more about the move to Empire Arcadia.

Hit the jump to check out an interview with Rolando Brison in which he gives us a bit of history on the Video X Games in St. Maarten and how it came to be.

Comments

creamjuice said on February 26, 2013 at 9:16 a.m.

huh

#1
Cleckley said on February 26, 2013 at 9:16 a.m.

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#2
AgeoCapo said on February 26, 2013 at 9:16 a.m.

wtffff my heart broken i love dieminion but why join emp =[

#3
SnakeX said on February 26, 2013 at 9:16 a.m.

Didn't see that coming at all.

#4
xthedeadrisex said on February 26, 2013 at 9:17 a.m.

sponsor flip

#5
h3n0g00d said on February 26, 2013 at 9:19 a.m.

The Empire Strikes Back... They got money now lol

#6
Onislayer said on February 26, 2013 at 9:20 a.m.

I see you out there Mr. Landon, do your thing brah!

#7
RebornNYC said on February 26, 2013 at 9:21 a.m.

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#8
NvhA said on February 26, 2013 at 9:21 a.m.

What... What... what...

You disappoint me, Prince of Darkness.

#9
christianlazo said on February 26, 2013 at 9:23 a.m.

Does this matter? Like at all?
It won't make a difference to anyone watching.
I'm sick of people treating players changing sponsors as if they were star players being traded in a professional sport.

No one cares.

#10
RebornNYC said on February 26, 2013 at 9:24 a.m.

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#11
simmmmm said on February 26, 2013 at 9:24 a.m.

why havent they announced emp infiltration? its so obvious

#12
Stanczyk51deuce said on February 26, 2013 at 9:25 a.m.

WOW i'm shocked. why would anyone want to associate themselves with Triforce?

#13
illness690 said on February 26, 2013 at 9:27 a.m.

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#14
MahvelBaby said on February 26, 2013 at 9:27 a.m.

For the Empire~

#15
SadisticSamurai said on February 26, 2013 at 9:30 a.m.

Team Brotherhood :/

#16
GakoTheChef said on February 26, 2013 at 9:33 a.m.

Darkness sold his soul to the devil :(

#17
koogy said on February 26, 2013 at 9:35 a.m.

It's all good. Nothing happened with BT, just that Kevin got a better offer from VXG EMP. I'm happy to see players taken care of, just like when Latif left for Razer. I'm just disappointed that Kevin didn't actually tell me he was leaving, and I had to find out a few days before hand from 3rd party sources. :/ A bit of professionalism would have been nice.

#18
Orichalkos said on February 26, 2013 at 9:36 a.m.

I can see why this makes sense for him to join

#19
JoeLewis said on February 26, 2013 at 9:37 a.m.

KOOGY PLZ BibleThump

#20
ShaithEatery said on February 26, 2013 at 9:38 a.m.

so he asked kevin what his first tournament was going to be representing emp is, and his only response was vxg, with triforce adding only wgc? would really hope him going with his new sponsor doesn't mean no more fgc run tournies...

#21
Tensa said on February 26, 2013 at 9:39 a.m.

yo I thought this was a troll

#22
DevilMaySpy said on February 26, 2013 at 9:39 a.m.

VXG has a bankroll and big things are coming. You'll all see soon.

@ #21: Triforce said beforehand they will send him to all the majors throughout the year.

#23
Syirine said on February 26, 2013 at 9:40 a.m.

hmm the last guy that said he was back with emp was never seen again...

#24
Zedeyeenn said on February 26, 2013 at 9:44 a.m.

I don't know if this is news either, but I saw Triforce having an animated discussion at Winterbrawl when he pulled aside Knuckledu

Perhaps that might be announced soon :)

#25
lordrockman said on February 26, 2013 at 9:44 a.m.

@#24 if you referring to jago? we saw him just 2 days ago at WB7
Also WOW this is gonna create some waves!!!

#26
ShaithEatery said on February 26, 2013 at 9:46 a.m.

@23: we will have to see if that ends up being the case, i enjoy watching him play and I don't want this decision to mean less playtime for him in the spotlight, as that's where he deserves to be with his godlike guile.

#27
DevilMaySpy said on February 26, 2013 at 9:46 a.m.

@ #24: Jago was at Winterbrawl and NEC. You don't see him often because he's focused on Bboying and college.

#28
MrCrockett said on February 26, 2013 at 9:50 a.m.

LOL @10 its funny how they make it out to be some big deal

#29
KineticPoet said on February 26, 2013 at 9:53 a.m.

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#30
DORMWORM said on February 26, 2013 at 9:55 a.m.

Guile joins Shadaloo

But he was brainwashed 1st

#31
TrishThreesome said on February 26, 2013 at 9:59 a.m.

Wow this news is huge cuz this means EMP REALLY has the money + credibility now. Brokentier is still cool too

#32
DivinePhoenix69 said on February 26, 2013 at 10 a.m.

@31 Brainwashed Dieminion cosplaying as Cammy confirmed!?

#33
Bowie said on February 26, 2013 at 10 a.m.

*****

You can see how Dieminion is so happy in the video......big smile and everything XD

Geez, they looked like a puppet show to me.

Good luck Dieminion.

*****

#34
TrishThreesome said on February 26, 2013 at 10:01 a.m.

@30 Kineticpoet

no way man, Brokentier is NOT dmg. BT still has real money rolling in from all the cool shirts they sell, plus there honest with there players and there roster is still full of legit players that are also popular on stream

#35
Echo01 said on February 26, 2013 at 10:05 a.m.

inb4 EMP IFC Yipes?

#36
Deth_Garcia said on February 26, 2013 at 10:07 a.m.

Nobody saw that coming, with all respect to Koogy, but BT is just for Marvel players more than Street Fighter players.
Dieminion is more a Street Fighter player than a Marvel player imo.

#37
scytheavatar said on February 26, 2013 at 10:07 a.m.

Anyone else kind of feel bad for that Rolando guy? He seems like a nice guy, and him giving Dieminion a better deal than BT so that he can go out to more events should be something that's praised. Instead because he has associated himself with the snake that's Triforce everyone now is calling him a scum and someone that stole Dieminion from BT. And all he had to do was to tell Dieminion to leave BT professionally, instead of letting Koogy know from some third person.

#38
skitz0phrenic said on February 26, 2013 at 10:08 a.m.

Booooooooooooooooooooo

Fck EMP.

#39
Foolio said on February 26, 2013 at 10:10 a.m.

West Coast division of EMP inbound?

#40
The_Big_Boss said on February 26, 2013 at 10:10 a.m.

This looks so random. Also, Dieminion is very awkward on camera. Looked weird doing this interview.

#41
RunningWild said on February 26, 2013 at 10:14 a.m.

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#42
Tensa said on February 26, 2013 at 10:15 a.m.

Triforce and Rolando got quite a lot of things planned, triforce was talking about this awhile back they got money to send players out now even though EMP isn't a sponser but I believe vxg is

#43
Aqua said on February 26, 2013 at 10:27 a.m.

nooo.. i barely got used to BT|Dieminion, why change so soon? :D

#44
Caliban said on February 26, 2013 at 10:41 a.m.

lol, who cares about this. EMP Dieminion watch out now..

#45
Jookey said on February 26, 2013 at 10:42 a.m.

@13

I'm trying to figure out that myself.

#46
wBENDERw said on February 26, 2013 at 10:48 a.m.

the video seems very weird K does not look comfortable at all very uneasy

as long as there more epic matches that's all that matters

#47
Bustahwurf said on February 26, 2013 at 10:56 a.m.

That Tri Force NTR tu stronk

#48
Janitor4290 said on February 26, 2013 at 10:56 a.m.

He just trying to go to the beach. I don't blame him.

#49
Emp_tri_force said on February 26, 2013 at 11:06 a.m.

YO EMP!!!

#50
DORMWORM said on February 26, 2013 at 11:06 a.m.

Did anyone see ARGO?

#51
Emp_tri_force said on February 26, 2013 at 11:08 a.m.

Dieminion will no longer be playing alongside such players as BT|Marlin Pie, BT|IFC Yipes and BT|Viscant and will be joining players such as EMP|Saltford Kelly, EMP|DJago Unchained and more.

#52
Teags said on February 26, 2013 at 11:10 a.m.

Rolando Brison plays Rolento Bison in SFxT. LETS GO TO DA BEACH!

#53
lovelessLP said on February 26, 2013 at 11:13 a.m.

@25 knuckledu has been EMP for a hot minute tho

#54
JIHADJOE said on February 26, 2013 at 11:16 a.m.

EMP|Infiltration
EMP|Daigo

Let's go!

#55
kara said on February 26, 2013 at 11:21 a.m.

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#56
umeshoryu89 said on February 26, 2013 at 11:26 a.m.

yoooo EMP COMING BACK?!

#57
SteadiestShark said on February 26, 2013 at 11:43 a.m.

I'm glad that I get to see his masterful Guile play at even more tournaments.

#58
corpsedust said on February 26, 2013 at 12:07 p.m.

Get your Dieminon Shirts While Supplies Last!!!!!!!!!

#59
Despicable_Jay said on February 26, 2013 at 12:22 p.m.

Does anyone feel like there should be some kind of contract or at least a verbal agreement to have things like this eliminated? If koogy already knew it wouldnt be a big deal but the fact that it was brand new news makes it look like a publicity stunt for EMP.
Regardless, its a win for EMP and VxG, money talks.

#60
ZeuX said on February 26, 2013 at 12:28 p.m.

Kevin pls, no

#61
ShinOwen said on February 26, 2013 at 12:36 p.m.

Muh, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha. Joining the Dark Side, Excellent.

#62
Augusta said on February 26, 2013 at 12:45 p.m.

LOL @ THAT TRIFORCE INTRO THEME.
WOAH EMP DYNASTY IS BACK IN FULL FORCE.

TRIFORCE
SANFORD
DIEMINION

#EMPDYNASTY2013

#63
disp said on February 26, 2013 at 12:50 p.m.

Dieminion doesn't seem to be too confident with the decision.

#64
DivinePhoenix69 said on February 26, 2013 at 1:03 p.m.

@37 i dont think thats really the case, Viscant played alittle AE and he's currently playing SfxT, and Marlinpie was originally a Guilty Gear player prior to his Marvel fame aswell as currently playing a little of Persona,and he won GG at Winterbrawl this past weekend iirc. So i dont think BT is relegated to just Marvel players. Not sure about Yipes and Clockwork, but they all play a good variety of games, even Koogy himself.

#65
Cinderkin said on February 26, 2013 at 1:38 p.m.

Laugh Out F'n Loud when Triforce entered with that Theme music!

#66
Spaghetti_Time said on February 26, 2013 at 1:42 p.m.

EMP Likeadoorknob

#67
koolersama said on February 26, 2013 at 2:05 p.m.

i think it was a good move. EMP is getting mad money now since VXG is most likely getting money from the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau. so he can go to almost every major on their dime.

#68
massi4h said on February 26, 2013 at 2:06 p.m.

If you think about it, Dieminion hardly went anywhere last year. He couldn't even defend his title at WGC last year. If another sponsor offered to send him around everywhere so he could make every major, it's only best for him as a competitor to join them instead.

It's a shame that he's going to get alot of false hate just for having EMP in front of his name though.

#69
lordgootecks said on February 26, 2013 at 2:22 p.m.

it reaffirms what I thought about bt especially trashing him on social media after the fact, calling him unprofessional

#70
Maxoplata said on February 26, 2013 at 2:23 p.m.

@53 YES! LMAO!

#71
Tiso said on February 26, 2013 at 2:49 p.m.

KOOGY PLZ BibleThump

#72
Tiso said on February 26, 2013 at 2:53 p.m.

Dieminion is goins to da beech

#73
grabityfree said on February 26, 2013 at 3:13 p.m.

I tought dat the reason why Dieminion left EMP was the drama because of the drama with tougeki 2011 qualifiers.

#74
doublef said on February 26, 2013 at 3:15 p.m.

TriForce is just robbing VXG blind and will burn this bridge in under a year, guaranteed. He's gonna blow all the money they give him. Even if he genuinely thinks he's doing something good here, it will go nowhere.

Think about it: HOW IS ANY MONEY GOING TO BE MADE? VXG hands over money to TriForce, who spends that money on fighting game players. That's it. No merchandise is being sold. No content is being produced (except for that ridiculous 15 minute trailer for VXG which apparently thinks a bunch of broke-ass gamers can afford to fly out to St. Maarten).

this whole thing is a giant black hole. This is the luckiest break TriForce has ever caught in his life, but there's nothing to sustain it (unless Rolando has an endless trust fund to burn)

#75
grabityfree said on February 26, 2013 at 3:26 p.m.

@75 Dont forget we are talking about St martens, i am sur some people need to clean some drugs money, if u know what i mean.I am sure they dont need merchandise or content LMAO.

#76
TrishThreesome said on February 26, 2013 at 3:26 p.m.

Triforce doesn't need to sell anything, he just needs to promote VxG or Saint-Marteens whenever there's a camera, at an event or talk show he participates in.

Rolando is hired by St-Marteens to promote tourism there, so he throws an FGC event to get viewers to tune in, see what St-Marteens has to offer and consider it next time they plan to travel.

Rolando needs contacts in the US, so he chose Triforce, a guy who knows how to promote. That's it. Rolando is not a clueless person, he knows what's he's doing. Like him or not, Triforce has received a lot of worldwide coverage due to his weird name and being the first guy in line to buy nintendo stuff.

#77
Cinderkin said on February 26, 2013 at 3:48 p.m.

@75

I can agree that people don't have the money to just fly down there. Also I can see what your saying about the money as I don't know where the money is coming from or going. The players are going to get the best out of this deal right now.

Hopefully we see Triforce actually make this work as this will be huge for the FGC.

#78
BlankaBeast said on February 26, 2013 at 4:02 p.m.

EMP IS BACKKK!!!!!!!!!!!

TRIFORCE MAKE A COOL VIDEO MAN!

EMP_4LYFE

EAST COAST is now #1 in SFXT

#79
Emp_tri_force said on February 26, 2013 at 4:06 p.m.

@75 well, i think its also to promote St Maaten, before this i had never heard of St.Maarten, from the video it looks nice, makes me wanna go there someday

#80
doublef said on February 26, 2013 at 4:58 p.m.

@77
Well then i think Rolando picked the wrong demographic. Most people in the FGC can't even afford alternate costumes, let alone a trip to St. Maartens.

Did you see last year's VXG event? The only American players competing there were Sanford and Perfect Legend (because they came down with TriForce). Sanford won UMVC3. Then Combofiend and Gootecks (who came because of Col. CC) made a video with a dog or something, and that was about it.

#81
yoshisixtyfour said on February 26, 2013 at 5:57 p.m.

Idc,but dat Beech commericial. #TriHard

#82
Boogityboy said on February 26, 2013 at 6:01 p.m.

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#83
TrishThreesome said on February 26, 2013 at 6:01 p.m.

Well, between paying a TON of $$$ to go to Evo during july 4th week-end like last year, or going to a more affordable place like St-Marteens that also has casinos plus is a fun resort place with beaches and all that. They are just trying to bring exposure to their area.

FGC people also buy plane tickets to compete in a lot of places, and FGC has proven that they are willing to spend a lot of money on donation drives for breast or DLC fundraising. so FGC is a demographic with a lot of money to spend ( $400k spent in 6 weeks!!)

So VxG is kind of saying: if you're gonna buy a plane ticket to travel and compete, why not come to st-marteens? We have a tourney with lots of top players and also a lot of nice extras, you'll have fun. and if u enjoy yourself obviously youre gonna tell your friends and show them pictures, etc

VxG also sponsored SoCal Regionals too. I don't know why some people (not anyone here) are saying that VxG will be an East Coast major, not true, its a tourney for everyone. I think winners of SCR for sf4 and marvel received plane tickets to st-marteens, maybe winners of WNF season too.

#84
throughsilence said on February 26, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

Is VxG still sponsoring Cross Counter Live too? If so, man they have money.

#85
yomaaaahval said on February 26, 2013 at 9:37 p.m.

koogy can make his powerplay and get omgitzandre.

#86
xShonuffx said on February 26, 2013 at 11:26 p.m.

@55 If EMP gets Daigo, im gonna jump off a cliff and record it!!!

#87
Unk_Br said on February 27, 2013 at 6:19 a.m.

BIFUTEKI? NO NIGGA SHOULD SUPPORT THAT SPOILED BRAT!!!

#88
JRXP2011 said on February 27, 2013 at 2:55 p.m.

this whole thing..... Rolando seems like a nice guy, but getting mixed up with the crap crowd. #fackbifuteki #fackemp #facktriforce

#89
YanDaMan said on February 27, 2013 at 8:17 p.m.

Terrible decision Dieminion. You're too good for EMP.

#90
Mattyfu said on February 28, 2013 at 5:57 a.m.

After watching the j.wong documentary, how can anyone think tri force is anything but unstable? The guy is just not right in the head.

#91
drasticfyre said on March 7, 2013 at 6:49 a.m.

At work listening with headphones in i yanked my headphones out of my ear after hearing the constant smacking during the interview. *Dont Chew Gum while interviewing* GEEZ

#92


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