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MarkMan: 'No one else comes close' to Mike Ross in terms of who should be sponsored in the FGC

Posted by Catalyst
January 28, 2014 at 9:54 p.m. PST

Mad Catz's Mark "MarkMan" Julio knows a thing or two about sponsoring players in the fighting game community.

Through his time with Mad Catz, they've sponsored hundreds of tournaments and an a tremendous amount of players.

Of all of the unsponsored players out there though, MarkMan feels one stands well above the rest, Mike Ross.

While Ross isn't regarded as the best overall player around in fighting games, and his skills are highly respected by many — MarkMan cited different attributes in regards to why he stood out from the crowd.

"He is a great brand ambassador, can speak intelligently and carries himself well," said Julio.

Hit the jump for a bit more.

This may or may not come as a surprise to people who follow the FGC, as it's not uncommon to hear opinions expressed that sponsorships should be purely based on a player's skills, but MarkMan let it be known, at least in his eyes, that there are other things that are very important as well.

Here's MarkMan's entire response from an Ask.fm thread.

If you could pick any 5 currently active unsponsored to sponsor, who would they be?

MarkMan: Number one would be Mike Ross. No one else comes close in my opinion. He is a great brand ambassador, can speak intelligently and carries himself well. There's a reason why he's the people's champion.

Note that this question was asked, and answered, six months ago.

Source: Ask.fm, image from Jason24cf.

Comments

DrDucker said on January 28, 2014 at 10:01 p.m.

easy agreed

maximum human

#1
fuerteva said on January 28, 2014 at 10:02 p.m.

I would say he is right about him being more valuable as a personality who happens to be great at playing than just a player.

#2
Wintry said on January 28, 2014 at 10:02 p.m.

I think Mike Ross would be cool sponsored, but I like him in his sort of free form role. From a sponsor's POV, it ain't a bad move.

#3
Mrb20028 said on January 28, 2014 at 10:02 p.m.

I still believe in Mike Ross!!

#4
OmegaNY said on January 28, 2014 at 10:02 p.m.

so then why isn't he sponsored by madcatz?

it's been six months

#5
ProfessorLester said on January 28, 2014 at 10:03 p.m.

so true

#6
sarif2soon said on January 28, 2014 at 10:03 p.m.

MCZ Mike Ross imminent.

#7
ThaZodiak said on January 28, 2014 at 10:04 p.m.

In other words...you're slacking Mad Catz.

#8
Smorgasboard said on January 28, 2014 at 10:04 p.m.

Then y u no sponsor him?

#9
MarkMan said on January 28, 2014 at 10:05 p.m.

If we sponsor Mike Ross then I can no longer go out on dates with him.

#10
Tectondrio said on January 28, 2014 at 10:06 p.m.

I concur. Mike Ross definitely can rock with the heavy hitters in the FGC/tourney scene, and at the same time always humble and amicable among others.

I'm sure should Ross get sponsored, whoever picks him up will be happy to have him.

#11
Bowie said on January 28, 2014 at 10:06 p.m.

DO IT NOW , MARKMAN

#12
lordrockman said on January 28, 2014 at 10:06 p.m.

Mike"2 options for matchup's 5-0 or 10-0"Ross

#13
Andyman said on January 28, 2014 at 10:09 p.m.

Conflict of interest.

#14
Catalyst said on January 28, 2014 at 10:10 p.m.

If there are unsponsored players out there, people looking to see how to represent themselves and a brand, look at what Mike Ross, among others, has done.

#15
kappademon said on January 28, 2014 at 10:16 p.m.
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I'm sorry but Mike is more of a personality. He's good at SF4, not great. I'm sure he'll do wonders for your brand because he's the most liked person in the FGC but I personally would rather see the best and most dedicated players get the sponsors, like Xian or Infiltration.

#16
blaziner said on January 28, 2014 at 10:19 p.m.

rossy poo would never date you mark

hes my waifu b-baka!

#17
EstOct101990 said on January 28, 2014 at 10:22 p.m.

I like mike ross amd think he is funny as hell and pretty good at Sf but to be honest if anyone should be sponsored it should be Haitani. Why is he not sponsored yet?

#18
hood_ninja said on January 28, 2014 at 10:24 p.m.

You need to read the story a little closer. Mike Ross is not only a good player, but could represent his brand well. Being just a good player isn't good enough or guys like Kazunoko or Bonchan would already be sponsored.

#19
ReddChief said on January 28, 2014 at 10:26 p.m.

Those 2 have already been sponsored by Madcatz and left, most of the best and dedicated players are already sponsored by Madcatz and can't get in front of the camera and entertain you for crap but with gameplay but Mike Ross can do it all so yea he would be the perfect person to sponsor.

#20
ReddChief said on January 28, 2014 at 10:29 p.m.

THIS^^ is this to hard to understand, not many players can do what Mike Ross does.

#21
EstOct101990 said on January 28, 2014 at 10:30 p.m.

Just my opinion on who should be sponsored. But i agree with u 100%

#22
hood_ninja said on January 28, 2014 at 10:33 p.m.

Yeah that makes sense then. I would like to see Haitani sponsored as well. His Makoto is crazy!

#23
msdrakegx said on January 28, 2014 at 10:39 p.m.

I see his point but Mike really isn't at able to compete at a competitive level anymore. If he was consistently placing top 5 or even 10 then it would make sense.

#24
xYomiLord420x said on January 28, 2014 at 10:41 p.m.

I thought Mike was sponsored or had some type of sponsorship with Newegg?

#25
perfume said on January 28, 2014 at 10:53 p.m.

SPONSOR THAT MAN IMMEDIATELY

#26
Sage_Liebert said on January 28, 2014 at 10:55 p.m.

You either have Personality or super high level skill. Is there any player who has both? Daigo has no personality on camera.

#27
HardToSayNo said on January 28, 2014 at 11:09 p.m.

i agree, mike should get sponsored, hes one of the most entertaining players in the fgc hands down. and im a daigo fan

#28
chipndip said on January 28, 2014 at 11:12 p.m.

He's the people's champ because he's a great showman. He's got a casual sense of humor and it strikes home with viewers in the FGC. He's literally the FGC's own character, memed and everything.

So why the hell isn't he sponsored yet, dang it? =_=

#29
ExBipson said on January 28, 2014 at 11:12 p.m.

But Daigo is a minor celebrity in japan and has a lot of presence.
I believe his book was in the top ten best sellers in japan, he doesnt have personality but people like him.

#30
OmegaNY said on January 28, 2014 at 11:12 p.m.

sponsorship has always meant more than just being the best, not just in video games but in sports as wel.

that person also has to be a representative of your company. It doesn't just come down to talent

#31
GodzOfTheArenaTV said on January 28, 2014 at 11:14 p.m.

MCZ Mike "Peoples Champ Cage Crusher" Ross

#32
kappademon said on January 28, 2014 at 11:15 p.m.

Those are just two examples of why I think skill is a more deserving factor for a sponsor than personality, imo. I mean, what message do you to send to potential top players when being the best at your game doesn't necessarily reap you the best rewards nor improve your outlook of having a career in fighting games. At this point, it's a borderline popularity contest for sponsors. The FGC is a rather strange competitive entity. It's not like LoL, Dota2, or CoD.

#33
HooliganComboFTW said on January 28, 2014 at 11:19 p.m.

Sponsorship anywhere isn't just being top level skilled in the respective fields. Charisma is another valued factor. That is what can push product more/get the name out more efficiently. Charismatic people can sometimes ger even more positive attention then a more skilled player with substantially less charisma I.E not popular to the people.

#34
GodzOfTheArenaTV said on January 28, 2014 at 11:31 p.m.

Hahahahahahaha, Good one MarkMan.LoL

#35
Memanruler said on January 28, 2014 at 11:33 p.m.

Those Markman x Mike Ross fanfictions never smelled so sweet.

#36
GodzOfTheArenaTV said on January 28, 2014 at 11:35 p.m.

Daigo and Mike Ross on the same sponsorship the FGC would EXPLODE with too much HYPE!!!!

#37
kingofthesharks said on January 28, 2014 at 11:39 p.m.

Instead of MCZ|Mike Ross, his handle would have to be
Mike "MCZ" Ross. There's no other way

#38
DrDucker said on January 28, 2014 at 11:46 p.m.

daigo doesn't have any personality in english, you mean

i'm sure if he was comfortable with the language, he wouldn't be in a shell or have the barrier of a translator

#39
draw2 said on January 28, 2014 at 11:47 p.m.

Mike Ross Tier Knowledge: 10 - 0!

Dude needs a sponsor!!!

#40
McKiwi said on January 29, 2014 at 12:13 a.m.

But Mike Ross is always 4th.

#41
RagerDaPrince_EH said on January 29, 2014 at 12:13 a.m.

Everybody Loves Mike

#42
shekeib said on January 29, 2014 at 12:14 a.m.

he's a likable guy who is a character loyalist at the highest level. He seems really nice too.

Imagine if he played marvel like Fchamp and still acted like Mike Ross. I think complexity would love him.

#43
Gurpwnder said on January 29, 2014 at 12:15 a.m.

Sure, "Evo champ" sounds good and all, but can it compare to the "Undisputed People's Champ", a title that Mike has held onto for years?

#44
TheTHCGamer said on January 29, 2014 at 12:24 a.m.

Mike might not be top 10 or 20 great however he's still a great player. Don't forget when focused he placed high at EVO and he's beaten some of the top players. I guarantee you that a good majority of the top players have been playing fighting games competitively a lot longer than mike and train a lot more than him. Just because he isn't serious all the time and just plain has fun playing doesn't mean he's not a great player. Mikes Honda is still vicious.

#45
TheTHCGamer said on January 29, 2014 at 12:26 a.m.

Then again not everyone is the same maybe Daigo has a more reserved personality nothing wrong with that.

#46
TheTHCGamer said on January 29, 2014 at 12:35 a.m.

Like him or not your bringing him up which means he's still a well known personality in the FGC. Not everyone has to be like Mike to also be known for there personality. People rip on F Champ and Chris G however we're always bringing up the things they do besides playing fighting games. I say be who you are don't try to act fake just because there's a certain way the community expects you carry yourself. Better to be known a jerk to a community than a fake in my opinion. Besides fighting games can bring out the best and worst in us some of us just hide it better.

#47
Smorgasboard said on January 29, 2014 at 12:38 a.m.

If you think Daigo has no personality then you don't know him at all. Look up all his Japanese interviews especially those with his best friends around. Or did we all forgot the Akuma is weak comment?

#48
SrAbuguet said on January 29, 2014 at 1:22 a.m.

Seriously amigos, saying Mike is not an elite player is just wrong. Like someone up here said, when he focuses and dedicates himself to the game only, he is definitely top 10. Couple days ago lost a set to Xian 7-4 which by any means sounds like total defeat. Using Honda since 09 and always competitive.

#49
UCLAplayer said on January 29, 2014 at 1:44 a.m.

Mike Ross is not a top10 player LOL. He's really good, but sorry, that statement is disrespectful to the actual top10

#50
RJF1214 said on January 29, 2014 at 1:49 a.m.

I believe!

#51
caruga said on January 29, 2014 at 2:11 a.m.

What's wrong with his EA (Excellent Adventures) sponsorship?

#52
irrenmann said on January 29, 2014 at 2:40 a.m.

These words are accurate. Ross has put effort into carrying himself in a generally PG-rated, enthusiastic way, and would seem ideal for sponsorship...if anyone was making enough money off these sponsorships to actually want to expand them, that is.

#53
GripsyChungTing said on January 29, 2014 at 2:42 a.m.

I believe in Mike Ross (and Miek Russ Plz)

#54
Kelshou said on January 29, 2014 at 3:07 a.m.

Tokido.

#55
GodPride said on January 29, 2014 at 3:08 a.m.

Mike Ross definitely has that squeaky clean uncle sam personality and unlike Sherry he's definitely top 4 material in the hearts of thousands.

#56
SelamatPagi said on January 29, 2014 at 3:20 a.m.

And yet figures like Tokido are fine even with poor English. Hell, even Infiltration has a personality on camera. Language barrier isn't enough of an excuse.

#57
UnTi said on January 29, 2014 at 3:30 a.m.

I'd sponsor Mike "Mike Ross" Ross!

I watched an interview in ESPN these days and they talked about this matter. When you think about a sponsorship, you have to think about how much this person is willing to be sold, and his skills do be sold, not just his skills in field! That's why Ronaldo has a better "image contract" than Messi, that’s why Beckham had one of the 10 biggest salaries/incomes of the soccer world until last year (playing on MLS with almost 40 years), and that’s why they think Neymar will be a beast in 3 to 4 years (hell, this guy could make an diapers advertisement with 20 years and make it sounds legit lol).

#58
DORMWORM said on January 29, 2014 at 3:37 a.m.

OK so what if Honda is buffed In ULTRA

MIKE ROSS FOR THE VICTORY VICTORY VICTORY!!!!!!!

then what Markman ...huh big guy

#59
Sasuga said on January 29, 2014 at 3:41 a.m.

Mike can make the FGC look good!

#60
I_Are_RaBBiT said on January 29, 2014 at 3:47 a.m.

Well it pushes top players to make sure that they hone other admirable qualities. Yes it's great to be a top player at the peak of your field but you're also now in the spotlight. You need to be able to conduct yourself well, have integrity, agreeable morals etc. You need to remember that in becoming sponsored, you are now representing that company. Imagine you have an amazing player but he is a complete and utter dick. His skill is undeniable but its unlikely he'd be sponsored because it could hurt the image of the sponsor. Sponsors need to look further than "Is he/she a good player?"

#61
WinstonChurchill said on January 29, 2014 at 4:09 a.m.

Someone hurry up and sponsor Mike!

#62
akaisora said on January 29, 2014 at 4:21 a.m.

Translation to what you said about Mike Ross:

Mike Ross is top sponsorship material because he is marketable, thus improving our revenues.

#63
akaisora said on January 29, 2014 at 4:22 a.m.

Translation to what MarkMan said about Mike Ross:

Mike Ross is top sponsorship material. He will improve any sponsor's revenues significantly.

#64
trinispartan said on January 29, 2014 at 4:27 a.m.

I must say that Mike "mike Ross" Ross is definitely some one who all of us in the Fgc should aspire to be like. He can body almost every nay Sayer and still be a really great personality. This man is a very important part of our community and we should take care of him the way he takes care of us. Mike Ross for Fgc president!!

#65
hewhay said on January 29, 2014 at 4:50 a.m.

Sponsorship aren't about helping someone's career. Sponsorship are about advertisement and brand recognition. You don't get sponsored in any field because you are the best. You get sponsored because you will give the brand a good image and a huge amount of exposure. Top players are chosen because they are well known and being in Daigo's t-shirt, for example, is a better ad than 300 tv spots. But if you don't represent the image that a company wants to project it doesn't matter that are the number 1 player in the universe. That's what happened to Tiger Woods after his sex scandal. After his sex addiction went public he got dropped harder than a ChrisG combo. A Mike Ross sponsorship makes sense from a brand advancement point of view. He is well known and liked, he handles himself well and although not the best he is really good at the game.

#66
alfarin said on January 29, 2014 at 4:56 a.m.

MczCC| Mike Ross?

I can see Mike in that Mad Catz T-shirt..!

#67
ForTheViolence said on January 29, 2014 at 5:06 a.m.

Mike would be a huge asset to any company.

#68
PzychoNimz said on January 29, 2014 at 5:09 a.m.

"While Ross isn't regarded as the best overall player around in fighting games, and his skills are highly respected by many"

Something weird about that sentence. Shouldn't the 'and' be removed for it to make proper sense?

#69
Smorgasboard said on January 29, 2014 at 5:28 a.m.

Mike "the people's champion" is a lot like Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. The Rock wasn't the best technical wrestler but he was the best actor with the most charming personality. Both traits that Mike Ross can claim to have in the Fgc.

But since when did the FGC become like WWE? I though it was a tournament to find the best not the most entertaining.

Someone brought up David Beckham but did you know that he was released from Man United because he was putting fame over the game according to Alex Ferguson?

#70
OhYouDontSayThat said on January 29, 2014 at 5:28 a.m.

one time I approached Mike Ross and he headbutted me on reaction #TrueStories

#71
BoozerX said on January 29, 2014 at 5:30 a.m.

.... and he is white. Kappa

#72
deus said on January 29, 2014 at 5:31 a.m.

yeah, lets talk about MarkMan sponsoring players straight after he has axed Evo champion Xian n Gackt.

#73
goldengol said on January 29, 2014 at 5:37 a.m.

Mike ross can beat all your asses , guys

#74
disp said on January 29, 2014 at 5:39 a.m.

Would still be kind of a dick move to sponsor Mike after kicking Xian off the team a few weeks ago.

#75
jason24cf said on January 29, 2014 at 5:55 a.m.

This is the god honest truth. Its not just about placing well at events. You have to help the community grow and gain a audience and more. Mike has all those abilities. While he may not be sponsored by Mad Catz at the moment, he is sponsored in someway because he is, "I assume" hired for promotional purpose.

Mike was at the Mad Catz event in Japan as well as others. Mike is a smart man and HIGHLY marketable. When have you ever seen a negative or dumb post from Mike on Twitter/FB? He is all about business. I also forgot to mention, before IPL closed down, Mike was hired to represent the FGC events. Oh yeah Mike is also the host for all of Capcom events as well. Most recent ones that is.

#76
jason24cf said on January 29, 2014 at 6 a.m.

Its still a business. If the FGC just says with its "hardcore" fan base, that only accounts for about 5% of profits. Maybe a little more. You still have to grow the community for these companies so they can make a profit so they can continue to support the scene but also make new games. Our beloved Capcom has taken a hit financially because the scene isn't growing. Plus SFxT didn't sell to well and a lot of money was invested in that project.

#77
Drfunk said on January 29, 2014 at 6:05 a.m.

No one can deny the intangible effects of having a likable personality to push the brand. Mike Ross may not be the best or become the best sf4 player, but any events with him in it is just a thousand times more entertaining. Seeing him cause some random upsets while giving the "Mike Ross Staredown" is just priceless.

Speaking of unsponsored people, I'd like to give a shout out to my 2 favorite commentator with UltraChen. Seeing the hype happen is one thing but having the commentator to back it up is what makes these events. I realize that they've stated they get paid "something" to be there. Would love to see Capcom themselves sponsor them to insure it's worth their time/money to travel there to give us their very best.

Lastly, from a pro player perspective, I'm still baffled how Infiltration is still unsponsored. I heard many rumours though none of them have been substantiated. If anyone has hard evidence on this issue instead of a "i heard from a guy who knew a guy" it would be incredible insightful.

The theory goes Infiltration isn't sponsored because:

1. He wants to keep all the prize money from tourneys. Apparently if you're sponsored you need to split your winnings? Is this true? If so what is the % between player and sponsor to the extent he'd choose to gamble his travel fees every time?

2. In the past Laugh and Infiltration were in a joint venture regarding the manufacturing of arcade sticks? Which would have been in conflict with Madcatz (which is why they left WW), but then nothing happened since the fallout between them.

3. Infiltration has had plenty of offers but declines them because he's holding out for a "better deal"/

4. Infiltration comes from a wealthy family, so shelling a couple of grand to fly around the world isn't a big deal for him.

5. His lack of English makes it hard for him to push products for companies, therefore making him less enticing to offer him a contract.

Anyways, these are all the things I read so far, not sure which one if any of it is true. Would love to see a response from people in the know!

#78
kac1010 said on January 29, 2014 at 6:16 a.m.

While he doesn't win much (4TH PLACE) he usually makes a good showing at tournaments he actually shows up to, and from what I've seen from all the youtube videos/tourney interviews he's a standup guy that would be a great pick for any sponsor. Secretly hoping for MCZ/EMP or something.

#79
d_snug1 said on January 29, 2014 at 6:37 a.m.

I honestly feel this is true. I see so many people wearing Broken tier goods and I believe a big reason is for Yipes and Marlin. So many people love the dudes and look up to them in FGs and it's not just because of their play. Especially Yipes, who does a great job at promoting BT with not just his gameplay, but also with his personality. The same goes for marlin.

#80
MCZ_Ryu said on January 29, 2014 at 6:40 a.m.

I noticed some people whom are curious as to why some players are not sponsored.

Sometimes the answer is, they simply do not want to be sponsored.

#81
Remondo02 said on January 29, 2014 at 6:41 a.m.

Oh boyz...

#82
Evorgleb said on January 29, 2014 at 6:42 a.m.

I do not understand your comment. If he would be great for a brand then he should be sponsored. Companies do not sponsor players based off of who they think other people think should be sponsored, they sponsor players who can be ambassadors and bring attention to their brands. Additionally, Mike Ross has said that he has been offered several deals and has turned them down citing reasons such as "I dont want to have to wear somebody's t-shirt".

#83
Teags said on January 29, 2014 at 7:04 a.m.

Bromance Collusion

#84
TheDrowsie said on January 29, 2014 at 7:19 a.m.

Mike "The Mad Cat" Ross for new Evo Champ

#85
KIDGoggles said on January 29, 2014 at 7:20 a.m.

In listening to the mike ross documentary, you can tell that hes also a very savvy and intelligent business person. So that probably has a lot to do with it to. Because a lot of these people out here are just so desparate to have letter in front of their names that they will accept cruddy terms to get it. And im pretty sure Mike isnt bout that life

#86
djm0001 said on January 29, 2014 at 7:24 a.m.

Ross Da Boss

#87
machorhombus said on January 29, 2014 at 7:45 a.m.

SnakeEyez has both.

#88
SAMURAI said on January 29, 2014 at 7:49 a.m.

Haitani, Bonchan

#89
xShonuffx said on January 29, 2014 at 7:49 a.m.

Question, IF you did sponsor him, would he have to stop doing his Gootecks and Mike Ross shows and Excellent Adventures to do more tournaments? Or would exposure from that be good as well?

#90
jason24cf said on January 29, 2014 at 7:51 a.m.

1. that depends what team he joins. But it is true that some teams ask for a small % of your winnings to put aside for you to cover your next event.

2. Correct, it would have been a conflict of interest. Just like with EG currently. They are sponsored by Razer, so the players cant use MCZ products at events. It was the same when MCZ sponsored my former team. The player were not allowed to use products from other companies.

3. NA

4. NA

5. Very possible, its not about placing. It helps, but you have to still give something back to the fanbase. Like streams, videos tutorials, and things of that nature.

This was one of the hardest things I dealt with when I was running my former team. Getting the players to produce content for our sponsors. They felt like "well we placed high and gave them a shoutout on the stream", its not just that. You have to do more because outside of tournaments how do you keep a fans interest up?

#91
nusense said on January 29, 2014 at 7:54 a.m.

Sponsorship is more than being a top player. Look at fanatiq\sherry\etc, it's all about selling your brand\product. I Agree mike is a person who should be sponsored, base on his content. He does get odd jobs here and there. To all the people naming top Japanese players that don't have sponsorship. Outside of weebo\Nippon knob slobbers, no body knows them and they have no marketability\personality or huge content creator.

#92
edrigo said on January 29, 2014 at 7:56 a.m.

that's not necessarily true fergie said he didn't like the facet that he wanted to be famous. Fergie is an a-whole who also dissed his captain roy keanein his book who was the bed rock of most of his success. Beckham is actually respected for his work ethic everywhere he has played. Mike Ross is in a very similar if not smaller boat.

#93
rudiano said on January 29, 2014 at 8:02 a.m.

First Sherry, and now Mike Ross will get sponsored by MCZ -_- where players who actually do well in tournaments like Poongko have no sponsor...ever wondered why we havent seen Poongko for a while? That is why, he has no sponsor and cant afford the travel costs...and no, cafeid is not his sponsor. So sad that such an entertaining player in AE and SFXT is nowhere to be seen

#94
DORMWORM said on January 29, 2014 at 8:04 a.m.

the main point thats being missed here is the fact what would happen if the peope champ did win evo in a heavy concentrated year.
It would cause a riot ....maybe its best for ross to stay the underdog til then and have sponsers at his feet

#95
Skode said on January 29, 2014 at 8:10 a.m.

All fgc fans know mike, tourny placements means jack when sponsors do so to expose their brand. Put say ultra David in a t shirt and more states fans will see it if compared with if it was your magos or gamerbees etc not to mention better places to give shout outs.

Too few top Asians would be worth paying the expenses for if honest as they are adored more by hardcore fans than the much bigger casual fan markets.

#96
Drfunk said on January 29, 2014 at 8:17 a.m.

Thx for the reply. At least there is some truths to the stuff floating on the web i guess. The sad thing is had he stayed with Laugh, #5 would have been solved. Just like there's quality commentators, there's also great translators. Every time Laugh came on and translated for Infiltration it was highly accurate (instead of a summation of what they said in their own words etc..). Kind of sucks they had a fallout, when they both greatly benefited from this partnership.

On an unrelated note, since you ran a team in the past, do you feel that "random joe pro" could live off playing these games from sponsorships/prize money? I don't mean living the high life, but earning enough to get by (sort of like poker grinders). It just seems that the FGC's main opposition to growth is the lack of real financial support.

So if we go by that argument, if Capcom were to host a million dollar event (like what Riot does for LoL). Will there be a growth in events/players? Or is fighting game just too niche to ever compete with the LoL/Dota/SC2 etc..?

#97
EnsignHiro said on January 29, 2014 at 8:18 a.m.

Well yea that is the point of a company sponsoring you to help them out in the process of you getting their aid too.

#98
DarknessFallz said on January 29, 2014 at 8:28 a.m.

When I first read this title I was like "someone is smoking some pcp" but when I read it was more for personality than results I totally agree but throw in some Gootecks from time to time with him and that's Where it's at

#99
cikame said on January 29, 2014 at 8:36 a.m.

Lies have blurred the meaning of being sponsored, a car company doesn't sponsor a football team to help them, it's because that football team is watched by millions on tv.

Mike Ross is one of the most visable fighting game players around, any other good aspects of the sponsorship are coincidental.

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