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IFC Yipes no longer a part of Empire Arcadia

Posted by Nicholas 'MajinTenshinhan' Taylor • July 15, 2014 at 12:25 p.m. PDT

In a tweet sent out mere minutes ago, IFC Yipes announced that he is no longer part of the New York-based fighting game team Empire Arcadia.

This comes very shortly after another former EMP player, Sanford Kelly, announced his departure, signing a sponsorship deal with Steam Co.

As of yet, there has been no word of IFC Yipes signing with a new team or sponsor.

Image source: IGN.com.

Comments

mogar44 said on July 15, 2014 at 12:27 p.m.

FADC abandon ship.

#1
nusense said on July 15, 2014 at 12:27 p.m.

#Burn it down

#2
Chellblubb said on July 15, 2014 at 12:27 p.m.

Pls go back to BT Yipes! :D

#3
TODABEAST said on July 15, 2014 at 12:28 p.m.

Going back to Broken Tier??

#4
SadisticSamurai said on July 15, 2014 at 12:29 p.m.

The Empire is in shambles....

Was to be expected after Sanford left.

#5
jason24cf said on July 15, 2014 at 12:29 p.m.

Yipes never truly left BT. He still had a deal with them for his apparel line.

#6
kizasoza215 said on July 15, 2014 at 12:29 p.m.

Eh Eww eh Eww eeh eeh eeeeh Finger cramp yipes n TS sanford

#7
mrambitious said on July 15, 2014 at 12:29 p.m.

See what happens when you pop off about your players being greedy and unappreciative. No one wants to be sponsored by a little cry baby who was dumb enough to sacrifice his entire life for a profitless and unrewarding "career" as a fighting game sponsor. Can you even call someone who doesn't have the money to pay his own rent a sponsor? I just call people like that a f%&#ing moron.

#8
WongFactor said on July 15, 2014 at 12:30 p.m.

EMP still has Mew2King and Armada I think their good. Plus Triforce is doing big things over in Jamaica.

#9
disp said on July 15, 2014 at 12:30 p.m.

RIP EMP

#10
wallie said on July 15, 2014 at 12:30 p.m.

Is anyone beside Dieminion, Hiro, M2K, and Armada left?

#11
salindy13 said on July 15, 2014 at 12:31 p.m.

Smugs: TEMP for temporary.

#12
Darc_Requiem said on July 15, 2014 at 12:31 p.m.

You have to wonder how long Dieminion is going to stay around. You can't be a fighting "team" by yourself.

#13
mrambitious said on July 15, 2014 at 12:40 p.m.
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Oh good, glad to see the massive fighting game community from Jamaica will be joining the scene. What are there 3 people in the entire country that can afford a TV? So all 1 of them that plays videogames is joining the scene!!!! YAY!!!

Triforce is by far the worst team leader and by far most financially inept sponsor of all the FGC. Still can't get over him blaming his "love for his players" for losing him his family.... How about getting a PAID job when you are already struggling to pay rent and eat, not taking on MULTIPLE other peoples expenses when you can barely afford your own expenses, and how about growing up and realizing your wife and kids are FAR more important than your love of video games. You think Momochi will drop ChocoBlanka if she wants to settle down and leave the spotlight? NO because hes not a complete and utter moron.

#14
BushidoV1 said on July 15, 2014 at 12:41 p.m.

M2K and Armada or at least the former will be out of emp soon. Dieminion will stay for reasons I can't understand. NuckleDu also plans on staying also, he did turn down that EG sponsorship to stay with EMP.

#15
pxgiredman said on July 15, 2014 at 12:42 p.m.

I dunno why but this gave me a good laugh lol. Regardless I just hope everyone that was and is still in EMP including Triforce have success with whatever is coming next for them. Just hope they all win and achieve their goals

#16
SnakeX said on July 15, 2014 at 12:44 p.m.

Good to see more people abandoning that sinking ship. EMP is toxic, both to players and to the community.

#17
RedRapperSux said on July 15, 2014 at 12:44 p.m.

When was the last time Yipes even went "EMP Yipes"

#18
TheAlmightyVox said on July 15, 2014 at 12:44 p.m.

Mew2King's leaving, he's actively looking for sponsors. Armada's probably going to leave with him.

#19
MadGearMG said on July 15, 2014 at 12:47 p.m.

Man, this is really getting disgusting. When it is bad publicity for EMP you are all in. Triforce was willing to sacrifice everything to support these players. Now everyone leaves giving EMP bad reputation.
Now I can see why this community is not as unified as it once was. Everyone just takes advantage of the situation to make the quick buck but never even show respect for everything Triforce has done for them.
You guys will still bash EMP no matter what, though. Sad...

#20
blzd said on July 15, 2014 at 12:50 p.m.

i was wondering if he was still even part of emp i don't remember him going by emp yipes on streams

#21
MajinTenshinhan said on July 15, 2014 at 12:51 p.m.

As far as I can recall, he always went with EMP|IFC Yipes.

#22
WongFactor said on July 15, 2014 at 12:53 p.m.
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A lot of the reason why Triforce hasn't been quite successful is because of racism.

#23
Teags said on July 15, 2014 at 12:55 p.m.

Their

#24
anon1010 said on July 15, 2014 at 12:55 p.m.

saw this coming from a mile away

#25
TheAlmightyVox said on July 15, 2014 at 12:58 p.m.

What has Triforce done, exactly? Besides be a parasite, of course.

#26
McAl said on July 15, 2014 at 1:01 p.m.

"What are there 3 people in the entire country that can afford a TV?"

You are an ignorant ass to make such a comment.

#27
The_Big_Boss said on July 15, 2014 at 1:03 p.m.

Hope the homie Dieminion leaves. He needs some real opportunity man. Figured when Persia and Sanford left that it was a rap for Yipes. Can't imagine that Dieminion would be the sole member of the "Empire". The smash players are about to leave as well I'm sure. I think they fact that they are associated with EMP is costing them sponsorships. You have to do what is best for you and honestly I have seen nothing positive come from EMP. You've been around this long and you're the "winningest" team in the FGC yet when I see the boxes for the BenQ monitors it has Justin Wong's mug and not Dieminion or Sanford. All these deals and events just can't keep falling through man. If you really wanted to help your players, you would. The fruits of your labor would show by now but I don't see anything being produced.

#28
Snake_Eyes said on July 15, 2014 at 1:03 p.m.

IFC Yipes needs to learn basic grade 3 grammar, its "their" not "there" when you are talking about people

#29
MadGearMG said on July 15, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

Triforce provided shelter, food, trips to tournaments, etc...
It just seems that every Ex-Member was loyal just as long as he paid them. Only in it for the money. Never returning the favor. I don't have a problem with Yipes or Sanford, but the unjustified EMP-bashing is getting out of hand.

#30
RenyNoise said on July 15, 2014 at 1:07 p.m.

Cause he's got a new gig recording to be the announcer for MAHVEL VS CAPCOM 4!!!!!!!

#31
MajinTenshinhan said on July 15, 2014 at 1:09 p.m.

My brain would explode.

#32
TheAlmightyVox said on July 15, 2014 at 1:13 p.m.

Triforce didn't pay people. He took money from the people in EMP, even when he didn't provide anything for them. He's a terrible, terrible manager who doesn't do anything good for his players, to the point of driving away sponsors who could actually do great things for them, because they don't want to sponsor his entire team, despite Triforce himself calling EMP a "development company." So, don't say this is about not being loyal; they shouldn't have to be loyal if Triforce isn't.

#33
nusense said on July 15, 2014 at 1:14 p.m.

Please, providing shelter\food\trips\etc and feeding them the idea of the esports dream does not help the players. Instead of telling them to get a job\education\certification\life skills. He has hurt the players more than help. Look at sanford his in his mid thirties and was going no where fast, until he left. Look at Di3minon, he only can get a crappy job at a bakery. Than triforce told him to quit the job so he can go to vxg.

#34
big2033 said on July 15, 2014 at 1:16 p.m.

Let's get serious here.

I'm black. That's ridiculous. The main reason is he's about forwarding his creation and not the players. People see that, and have disdain for him because of that. He's NOT helping his players. He's helping himself and his EMP brand.

Expecting people to buy in and support a team that barely pays for the betterment of a project that isn't their own is foolish and delusional.

His head is so big, he expects people to jump on to his idea and help HIM push it forward. Ultimately, at the detriment of their own career.

He wants commitment to the brand and pushing it forward. He's not really about pushing his players forward individually. Generally if you realistically want that from someone, you have to hire them. It's like having a franchise, if you want someone to commit to pushing your franchise, you have to pay them to buy in. He's trying to do it for free, and use his players to make the money to in turn pay them.

That's working in reverse. And when players get wise to that they leave. That simple.

#35
nusense said on July 15, 2014 at 1:23 p.m.

Exactly, he only cares about that dumb Guinness world record. The last couple week's he has been putting down his players and former players(sanford\m2k). M2k want on redit, saying he wasn't paid the last 2 months. Than triforce goes on his stream talking about how m2k does not deserve to get paid because his not putting in work and he only promotes p4k in interviews.

This dude is two face. He only cares about Triforce and Nintendo...

#36
Echo01 said on July 15, 2014 at 1:27 p.m.

GG

#37
Raiden365 said on July 15, 2014 at 1:29 p.m.

Oop ahh...oop ahh...oop ahh....

#38
GirlsOfGaming said on July 15, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.

Gaming sponsors are seeming to be more like the nfl. Everyones expendable and constantly getting traded/leaving

#39
DrDevice said on July 15, 2014 at 1:31 p.m.

So glad all these guys are finally leaving EMP. They deserve better.

#40
SnakeX said on July 15, 2014 at 1:35 p.m.

Well said.

#41
utumno said on July 15, 2014 at 1:38 p.m.
#42
SnakeX said on July 15, 2014 at 1:44 p.m.

I would ask how much Triforce is paying MadGearMG to spread his propaganda but we all know Triforce doesn't pay people.

#43
MadGearMG said on July 15, 2014 at 1:51 p.m.

Come on man. I'm not pro-EMP or anti-Yipes or anything like that. I just want people to stop being that hateful in general. But whatever... I guess I will be labeled a Troll or brainwashed by the FGC just because I don't participate in bashing EMP. That's all. No hard feelings.

#44
TheAlmightyVox said on July 15, 2014 at 1:54 p.m.

We're not "bashing EMP," we're just not putting up with this abusive, scummy stuff that Triforce is constantly pulling.

#45
InternetHandle said on July 15, 2014 at 1:54 p.m.

You dont know much about Triforce, huh? EMP didnt get a bad rep beacuse of these players leaving it had that a long time ago because of Triforce's actions or lack there of.

#46
IareBeStayDrunk said on July 15, 2014 at 1:58 p.m.

All kinds of stupid in this comment.

#47
SnakeX said on July 15, 2014 at 2:05 p.m.

I'm all for people not being hateful, but if there's anyone that deserves negative attention, it's a con man like Triforce. Staving off hate is one thing, but you can't honestly believe that he's been ultimately beneficial in any way to these players. The man is a parasite in the community, and has been one for years.

#48
Blackoshinomi said on July 15, 2014 at 2:09 p.m.

I don't really speak on trifroce that much but too me he does seem like a ass! I get that vibe off him when he takes the time to bust on event hubs just to Say a few negative words to the people on this site ..

#49
lordgootecks said on July 15, 2014 at 2:20 p.m.

there's a reason players would leave brokentier and take their chances with ravioli-glove man is all I can say

#50
ChainsXII said on July 15, 2014 at 2:24 p.m.

I'm hoping ALL of them can leave EMP soon.

#51
nusense said on July 15, 2014 at 2:25 p.m.

You mean like broken promises like VXG. Billion dollar investors like MVG\Rothwyn Consulting\Lofton Global, who triforce says now back stabbed him......

#52
DarkCyclone said on July 15, 2014 at 2:36 p.m.

Their*

Lrn2Grammar @Yipes

#53
BlackOnyxThunder said on July 15, 2014 at 2:39 p.m.

I'm not quite shocked.

#54
imnotbeastgief said on July 15, 2014 at 2:39 p.m.

(This user was banned.)

#55
Phlownominal said on July 15, 2014 at 2:41 p.m.

I need some sources on what Triforce did that made people has such a strong dislike for this guy. I'm new to all this fighting game stuff and I don't know why this guy gets antagonized so much.

#56
VulcanHades said on July 15, 2014 at 2:54 p.m.

triforce going down. RIP EMP the wannabe empire that never became one.

#57
FADCTAUNT said on July 15, 2014 at 3:08 p.m.

That's the most generic thing you can say when leaving a sponsor, lol.

#58
nyhman78 said on July 15, 2014 at 3:12 p.m.

Ive talk to Triforce before and he is nowhere what ppl say about him,glad i took the time to get to know him

#59
imnotbeastgief said on July 15, 2014 at 3:14 p.m.

(This user was banned.)

#60
RonaldRogan said on July 15, 2014 at 3:18 p.m.

Crazy Joe has left too. Pretty sure JRosa as well.

#61
stormblazer said on July 15, 2014 at 3:20 p.m.

You obviously don't know anything about how much a scumbag triforce is.

#62
nyhman78 said on July 15, 2014 at 3:26 p.m.

when ppl talk negative on Sanford and JR,i took the time to get to know them and they are awesome cool ppl but ppl just wanna hate for fun or cause they enjoy hating

#63
GoldenTrophy said on July 15, 2014 at 3:43 p.m.

As a Jamaican(born and raised) I take offence to your ignorant statement. 3 people in the country that can afford a TV really? every country has it's fair share of poverty but if you are really that naive or dense please do us a favour and go educate yourself.

#64
RoundhouseRob said on July 15, 2014 at 3:47 p.m.

a part

#65
TwoBears77 said on July 15, 2014 at 3:47 p.m.

Finally the players are getting wise to the scam that this EMP thing was. Not sure what took some people so long.

#66
DevilMaySpy said on July 15, 2014 at 3:52 p.m.

LOL, not for long!

#67
LavellUp said on July 15, 2014 at 3:54 p.m.

When did he do that? And if he what a wasted opportunity

#68
Wardog said on July 15, 2014 at 3:55 p.m.

Sound like you just describe DSP.lol

#69
GoldenTrophy said on July 15, 2014 at 3:59 p.m.

Kreymore(Dieminion's twin) has announced he's leaving emp as well.

#70
WongFactor said on July 15, 2014 at 4:18 p.m.

What I don't get is why EMP is essentially the same thing as Team PIE and everyone hates EMP but loves Team Pie they are both just a collection of gamers. They aren't sponsors so they ask for donations yet everyone happily gives to team pie. Another thing I don't get is how everyone accuses Triforce of all these terrible things but there is literally no proof of any of it. All there is is just some stupid "To Catch a Predator" thing that Triforce already said was fake.

#71
mrambitious said on July 15, 2014 at 4:19 p.m.

I really can't disprove that because I have never heard about it at all, only his childish rantings about players.

I will say that since the worldwide scene is made up of Asian players it is hard for me to believe the big bad racist Singaporeans chose not to sponsor his team because he's black. Every time I've ever seen his rantings its always just "f this guy f that guy, they should never leave my team even when offered a once in a lifetime offer and actually have a chance to make it"

#72
TheAlmightyVox said on July 15, 2014 at 4:30 p.m.

That's because Team PIE isn't shady, and isn't run by a guy who takes money from everyone else. When people donate to Team PIE, they know that it's going to the players, instead of into one guy's pocket. They're also good personalities, as opposed to Triforce, who is constantly blowing things out of proportion, causing drama, and acting narcissistic.

#73
getsaltier said on July 15, 2014 at 4:36 p.m.

The one thing I will never understand is what EMP actually does (for their players) beside keeping them broke and unable to send them to the biggest event of the year.

I know Triforce has all sorts of grandoise ideas about EMP but wtf do they actually do?

#74
thisonesabus said on July 15, 2014 at 4:36 p.m.

read this if u want to know , what these players are dealing with
http://www.reddit.com/r/Kappa/comment...

where there is smoke there is fire guys

#75
mrambitious said on July 15, 2014 at 4:37 p.m.

Relax dude I just was trying to make the point that even if there is a scene, there can't be much of one based on weath per capita. In layman's terms obviously. Its the Internet so I see why you would immediately assume the worst but personally I think the pc craze is getting a bit out of hand.

This is about fighting games not politics or head hunting for ignorants. My opinion is Triforce is doing a bad job and pursuing unobtainable endeavors. I personally would assume it would take millions to create/expand a scene in Jamaica. Fuel costs are high and the majority of international players play for the majority of the year in or near their home country's. So most of the internationals will not be anywhere near Jamaica.

#76
nusense said on July 15, 2014 at 4:38 p.m.

Not the same. Cityofbrass runs tournaments for the NY scene(defind the north\Kony). Triforce openly hates the fgc and wants it to "burn it down". Team PIE doesn't go on the OBS week after week sh*ting on evo\fgc\madcatz\alex valle\EG\etc. He also sh*tted on the french fgc, after they exposed him.

#77
sweetmonkeylove said on July 15, 2014 at 4:42 p.m.

thier theyerre theer thar

#78
edrigo said on July 15, 2014 at 4:44 p.m.

Another thing is with most organizations you never or very rarely hear from the top dog but you hear from triforce all the time.

#79
TheAlmightyVox said on July 15, 2014 at 4:50 p.m.

Hell, right now, Triforce is live on Twitch, probably going on some other insane tirade about something that's 85% lies.

#80
TheMasterPlayer said on July 15, 2014 at 4:57 p.m.

First off, wrong grammar. 'a part', not 'apart'; 'their', not 'there'.

And to others, it's 'than' not 'then' (i.e. Daigo is better THAN no name; not Daigo is better THEN no name.

#81
Tragedy said on July 15, 2014 at 5 p.m.

Mmmk. Just waiting on the announcement that The Steam Co picked up Yipes too.

As far as product promotion and brand exposure goes, there's damn near no one better in the FGC to pick up.

#82
Blackoshinomi said on July 15, 2014 at 5:12 p.m.

wow! After reading this I have to say I see why people hate this guy! My question to event hubs why was that story not top front page news? This man is scum when i called him a ass I see that was complement -_-

#83
TrinityGod said on July 15, 2014 at 6:12 p.m.

Trifroce is somewhat a ass, but I have to admit he does make good points at times.

#84
oldboy said on July 15, 2014 at 6:13 p.m.

I could never figure out if Triforce was an incompetent manager or a competent con artist. After reading I got my answer. Definitely con artist!

#85
mag44 said on July 15, 2014 at 6:53 p.m.

"Triforce is by far the worst team leader and by far most financially inept sponsor of all the FGC. Still can't get over him blaming his "love for his players" for losing him his family.... How about getting a PAID job..."

only a sucker works a 9 to 5.

it's true.

#86
SrAbuguet said on July 15, 2014 at 6:55 p.m.

IMO EMP still exists because theres no real assets to lose, theres no real investment except fixed costs, rent of the house where they live or stay when needed.

Players leave EMP when they get sponsors after good performances, and they always do it in good terms. I think some of them even returned to the team after finishing their contracts (Yipes).

Sometimes I wish there was no sponsorships or groups tryin to make a living by winning ALL tournaments there are.

#87
WongFactor said on July 15, 2014 at 7:27 p.m.

Just read this article about Triforce check it out and understand why you are all wrong about him:

http://www.tehfamine.com/blog/video_g...

#88
Dark_summon said on July 15, 2014 at 7:32 p.m.

So many people look at Triforce as the big bad villain when they cannot provide proof of anything. I'm sorry ,but unless you can provide factual evidence that he does half the things he is criticized for, the guy is not as bad as most of you make him out to be.

It just seems like some sort of hivemind to hate on the guy....Just my two cents.

Edit : Yipes probably has his reasons for leaving so, all the best to him and I wish for him great success in the future.

#89
WongFactor said on July 15, 2014 at 7:42 p.m.

Hating on Triforce all started when some troll wrote that To Catch an Emperor nonsense. After that it became the cool thing to make fun of Triforce who was once a well respected pillar of the FGC.

#90
Dark_summon said on July 15, 2014 at 8:09 p.m.

So what you're saying is due to work of one person's immaturity, it swayed an ENTIRE community to treat the guy like a leper.

I apologise if i offend anyone, but this community has some maturing to do...

#91
TehFamine said on July 15, 2014 at 8:24 p.m.

Thanks for the good look.

I'll say this, many people are looking from the outside-in on Empire Arcadia and Triforce. There is a lot going on behind the scenes that includes a lot of sacrifices on all ends that we don't know about.

While you can go out there and say, "Oh, EMP ain't doing nothing. They just keeping people broke. They not able to keep players. Blah, Blah, Blah." You have to understand, the scene does not yield a lot of sponsors or cash flow. It doesn't matter if your EMP or not. It's hard to make a team work period. Due to that, it's going to be hard to succeed and please people.

Just MY opinion.

#92
TheAlmightyVox said on July 15, 2014 at 9:42 p.m.

It amazes me how people are still willing to defend Triforce. Anyone who does has obviously never watched any of the livestreams where he goes off on idiotic rants about things that are barely true to make others look bad, or his hundreds of tweets where he blames everyone but himself for what has been going on in his life, or heard any of the stories from former EMP members regarding Triforce's actions towards them while they were there. EMP is a cancer to this community, it does nothing but harm the players that are a part of it, and for people to defend that is just not right.

#93
KamfPudding said on July 15, 2014 at 11:11 p.m.

smart decision. BT will take good care of you

#94
DontTaseMeBro said on July 15, 2014 at 11:36 p.m.

Not sure why your comment was disliked so much. Because I really don't see any lies in your comment.

#95
chaoslimits said on July 15, 2014 at 11:42 p.m.

You don't need to apologize. Some people will have legitimate grievances with the guy but the majority of his detractors have not even met him. So why do they hate him? Group think; a symptom of weak, undeveloped minds. Unfortunately, this kind of behavior is not limited to the FGC.
Now whether EMP deserves to live or die? I couldn't care less; It has nothing to do with me. But if the basis for that is driven by the "community's" hatred, that speaks more about the community than it does Triforce. But who cares. Right? #Kappa

#96
qqqq said on July 15, 2014 at 11:44 p.m.

These random accounts defending trifore...probably are triforce...

#97
chaoslimits said on July 15, 2014 at 11:45 p.m.

Case in point.

#98
TheAlmightyVox said on July 16, 2014 at midnight

Case in point as to what? Your inane previous comment? It's not weak minded to have problems with a person because they are causing harm to other people. The people in EMP are hurting, all sources can attest to that, and the reason for this is because of Triforce's complete ineptitude when it comes to management, as well as his knack for driving away possible sponsors by flipping out each and every single day.

#99
BloodBurger said on July 16, 2014 at 1:16 a.m.

If EMP ain't news, why is this a headline?

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