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Daigo: 'I think I will be boarding about 40 different flights this year; I plan to win prize money at a level I've never done before'

This past Sunday, on April 19, Mad Catz pro gamer Daigo "The Beast" Umehara made an appearance at the Tokyo School of Anime to give a talk on the subject of "eSports Professional Gamer World" as a special guest lecturer.

MCZ|Daigo's talk is part of a series of lectures that the Tokyo School of Anime is organizing specifically for applicants considering enrollment into their eSports curriculum, a two-year program that will begin in 2016 with four majors to choose from -- including pro gaming, shoutcasting and events management.

4Gamer writer and renowned Tekken reporter Hameko attended the talk on Sunday, and did a report on it. He noted that about half of the 80-strong audience were teenagers, and was surprised to see a male-to-female ratio of 6:4.

After the talk, Hameko also caught up with The Beast himself for a brief interview.

In this interview, which we've translated in its entirety, MCZ|Daigo talks what he'd be like as a full-time lecturer at the school, his thoughts on competing in Street Fighter 5 next year, as well as his plans for Capcom Pro Tour 2015.

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'Vote for the future of SoulCalibur!' SoulCalibur is currently running a character poll, 'preparing for something huge'

SoulCalibur, the long-running, weapon-based fighting game series, is currently running a poll on their Facebook where fans can pick their favorite character.

Character–as in the singular form–should be emphasized here. The poll warns voters that you only get one vote, and also to "choose carefully and wisely".

This is reminiscent of a similar one Capcom ran two years ago. How much will this impact the development of future games? Does this signal major SoulCalibur content coming? The Facebook entry states, "Project Soul is probably preparing something huge... Stay tuned and spread the news!"

The website contains different links for PC and Mobile users. For those of you on PC, you'll want to vote here. Mobile readers will want to vote here

Who do you hope will make a return in the next SoulCalibur? After you vote, let us know in the comments below.

Tip sent in by Nightmaresteam.

Official Jason Voorhees trailer shows first gameplay of the slasher in Mortal Kombat X

This just in: Warner Bros. and NetherRealm Studios have released the official trailer for Jason Voorhees in Mortal Kombat X.

For the first time, we get to see the classic Horror slasher in action. This trailer shows some of Jason's special moves, intro, and a quick glimpse at a Fatality.

Jason will become available to Kombat Pack owners tomorrow, May 5th. Those who didn't purchase the Kombat Pack can pick up the Horror Pack -- that which includes Jason and three horror-themed skins: Vampiress Mileena, Kraken Reptile and Pharaoh Ermac -- beginning May 12th for $7.99 USD. Players will also be able to purchase Jason and the costumes separately for $4.99 and $3.99 respectively.


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Check out the trailer after the jump.

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Rolento's crouching hurtbox may be a problem in the latest Ultra Street Fighter patch... it's so low that Abel's crouching jab whiffs

We may need a 1.06 patch really quickly as Rolento seems to have a ridiculous hitbox when he's crouching.

On his stream today, Japanese Abel player sapporuj0108j came across this while playing. As you can see below, Abel's crouching jab whiffs cleanly over crouching Rolento.

Just to be sure, I went and tested this in the 1.04 version, and Abel's crouching jab does indeed make contact with crouching Rolento. Eternal0star has also discovered that Oni's standing fierce punch whiffs on crouching Rolento. Again, this was not the case in the previous version.

It's likely that this new hitbox will cause problems for a much of the rest of the cast. Hit the jump to see the videos.

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Skullgirls 2nd Encore will add combo trials, challenges, fully-voiced story mode and more to PlayStation 4 and Vita versions

Earlier today, Peter Bartholow over at Lab Zero Games posted a blog detailing some of the features set to be added in Skullgirls 2nd Encore.

The update is set to hit PlayStation 4 and PS Vita this Summer, however, the Skullgirls team is looking into releasing the features as DLC for the PC version down the road.

Among the new facets being added to the game are a fully-voiced story mode, challenges that ask players to complete certain stipulations during the course of a match, survival mode, and much more.

Oh, and there are going to be trials too!

Trials
Trials test players’ skills by having them to perform combos. Trials are built on a new button-by-button instructional system to make learning combos easier and more intuitive than ever.

Furthermore, unlike many fighting game trials, Skullgirls 2nd Encore’s trials include combos frequently used in real play, from basic bread ‘n butter to more advanced combos.

You can check out the full list of Skullgirls 2nd Encore features over on the official Skullgirls website. Sent in by HooliganComboFTW and Shinkuu_Kikoken.

Rage quitters lose their temper and their heads in this Mortal Kombat X Quitality compilation from LiangHuBBB

LiangHuBBB is back with some entertaining Mortal Kombat X footage. Instead of the funny and cool moments we're used to, this compilation focuses on players being served with Quitalities -- a new feature in MKX that causes a head explosion for online players that rage quit.

While the end result is the same for all of these rage quitters, it's interesting to see that the Quitalities sometimes follow certain attacks. Takeda is the star of this compilation, and I dare you to try and not get hype when he slams the opponent into the ground with his whips and their head comes off.

The latter portion of the video features some mid-match combos, set ups, and funny sequences that you won't want to miss. If you're a Takeda fan, be sure to stay tuned to LiangHuBBB's channel as he promises to release more tech and tutorial videos shortly.

Hit the jump to see the righteous Quitalities in action!

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Manny Pacquiao and his team rep Street Fighter 5 in the latest 'Rise Up' trailer

Manny Pacquiao is currently training for his upcoming fight with Floyd Mayweather this weekend set to take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

To give a glimpse at how the champ prepares for a bout, Capcom has paired up with Pacquiao and his team for an exclusive Street Fighter 5 "Rise Up" video. We get to see Buboy, Manny's trainer, and the Kayote Boyz in action as they get ready to face their strongest opponent yet.

Additionally, the guys talk about their upcoming challenge, their humble beginnings, and how they intend to rise up and walk away victorious. Oh, and if I didn't mention this before, nearly the entire team is sporting some slick Street Fighter 5 gear.

You can check out the video after the jump.

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Super Smash Bros. Wii U takes the lead over Ultra Street Fighter 4 in CEO 2015 entrants - check out these early numbers

Community Effort Orlando 2015, one of the largest major fighting game events of the year, is drawing ever nearer.

Last week, CEO tournament organizer Alex Jebailey took to Twitter to release the early entrant numbers for this year's event.

While Ultra Street Fighter 4 generally draws in the largest crowds, as it stands right now, the Super Smash Bros. Wii U tournament at CEO has the highest number of participants, coming in at a whopping 97 registrants. Not only that, but Super Smash Bros. Melee has the same number of entrants as Ultra Street Fighter 4, and both are tied for the second highest number of players competing.

You can check out the current entrant numbers for the games at CEO 2015 after the jump.

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Mortal Kombat X PC patch causing save data loss, update removed until issues are resolved

Earlier today, a patch for Mortal Kombat X on PC went live that was set to address a number of bugs and issues that made the game nearly unplayable at launch. While today's update did apply corrections, it came packed with an all new issue, and a rather large one at that -- save data loss.

Numerous Steam users have reported save data loss after applying the nearly 16GB-sized update. Fortunately, Steam has already pulled the patch and is working on addressing the issue.

"We are temporarily removing the patch until we can pinpoint the cause of save data loss. We are actively working on this and will keep everyone posted as we work towards a fix. We sincerely apologize for this disruption," said a Steam developer over on their forum.

For a full list of patch notes, be sure to check out this post. Once things are working as intended, we will update our story.

Source: Steam. Via TestYourMight.

Boon talks big changes for the Mortal Kombat X online experience, mobile Android release slated for tomorrow; pot bonuses for Combo Breaker and CEO

There were a ton of Mortal Kombat X announcements during the Kombat Stream today. Much of the content revolved around the newest character, Jason Vorhees, but series creator Ed Boon jumped on and had some pretty interesting announcements of his own to add.

Probably the most intriguing was his addressing of online issues. Since the release of Mortal Kombat 2011, the franchise has garnered a reputation of having one of the worst netcodes in the fighting game realm. Netcode is something of a broad term that relates to the synch between servers and clients. In layman's terms, Mortal Kombat has been notorious for their latency problems online.

Boon announced that there will be a patch for the PC version of MKX tomorrow, May 5th, that will bring it up to par with the console versions' online experience. That wasn't all when it came to web corrections though.

Hit the jump to see more!

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East Coast Throwdown makes Mortal Kombat X its headliner this year

As it stands right now, Ultra Street Fighter 4 reigns supreme in tournament popularity. Capcom's milestone fighter typically draws in the largest crowds, and almost always headlines major events.

This year, though, the East Coast Throwdown crew is looking to change things up. This time around, Mortal Kombat X will headline the show.

"The series of Mortal Kombat holds a special place in our hearts. It gives us a feeling of nostalgia, a feeling that will stick with us forever," the official East Coast Throwdown site reads. "Today we are proud to announce the continuation of East Coast Throwdown’s tradition in breaking the mold and giving exciting games the shine they deserve. To celebrate nostalgia and the new release of one of our favorite series in fighting game history, Mortal Kombat X will officially be held as our major grand finale."

Mortal Kombat X will have a pot bonus of $1,500, so if you're looking to compete in one of the biggest MKX events to-date, be sure to take a trip to the North East.

East Coast Throwdown 2015 will take place on June 13 -14 in Morristown, New Jersey.

Source: ECT. Via TestYourMight. Submitted by Swaggedoutdamouth and JTCircus.

Life of GamerBee: Bruce reveals annual salary, talks about leaving the hotel industry to be a pro gamer

A news program on Taiwanese television station TVBS recently did a feature on Taiwan's one-and-only fighting game pro gamer -- AVerMedia's Bruce "GamerBee" Hsiang.

Although the segment on AVM|GamerBee is really more of a report meant to introduce what a pro gamer does to mainstream audiences in Taiwan, in this exclusive interview with TVBS, GamerBee reveals that prior to becoming a pro gamer with AVerMedia four years ago, he was actually working in the hotel industry.

GamerBee also talks about his annual wage and his history with fighting games.

Thanks to the official TVBS YouTube channel, you can now watch the entire feature on GamerBee in the clip below.

The clip is in Chinese, however -- but no worries. As EventHubs's very own Cheng-Kai "KarbyP" Sim happens to be Singaporean Chinese, we've provided here a brief summary of some of the points mentioned in the report.

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Jason Voorhees joins the Mortal Kombat X roster on May 5th, Kombat Kast will show first gameplay the day before

While we were all hoping to see the first gameplay footage of Jason Voorhees during today's Kombat Kast, unfortunately, it looks like today just isn't our day.

However, the NetherRealm Studios team didn't leave viewers empty handed, as they took the beginning portion of the stream to announce that Jason will be shown for the first time on Monday, May 4th. On that day, a special Kombat Kast will air, giving a full breakdown of Mortal Kombat X's first DLC character and all of his Variations.

Jason Voorhees will become available to Kombat Pack purchasers the following day -- Tuesday, May 5. Those who didn't purchase the Kombat Pack can pick up Jason one week later.

We here at EventHubs will add Jason Voorhees to our Mortal Kombat X moves as soon as the information becomes available, so stay tuned!

You can check out Jason Voorhees' Mortal Kombat X reveal trailer after the jump.

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Updated: Ultra Street Fighter 4 update now live on Steam's main client

Updated: Numerous EventHubs users have pointed out to us that yesterday's update on Steam actually implemented the Ultra Street Fighter 4 1.05 changes. Though we originally reported that yesterday's update addressed netcode issues, it turns out that Valve launched a fix on Steam's main client earlier this month that removed the occasional pauses/hangs some were experiencing when searching for matches, making online more playable.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Earlier: Last month, Capcom implemented an improvement to Ultra Street Fighter 4's netcode on PC via Steams Beta client.

Today, the update has gone live for all Ultra Street Fighter 4 Steam users.

This update is aimed at improving the overall online experience for PC warriors.

If you'd like to know how USF4's netcode fairs after the patch, be sure to read these impressions from two of EventHubs' staffers.

Source: Capcom Unity. Thanks to gtfopanda, PlasmaWaffle, and derpycat for pointing this out.

Updated: Chokaigi Super Smash Bros. Wii U 2v2 tournament results ft. Mew2King, ZeRo, Luminous, and more

Updated again: Results for the Chokaigi Super Smash Bros. 2v2 tournament have been added.

Earlier: The Nico Nico Chokaigi mega fan convention is taking place this weekend at Chiba's Makuhari Messe in Japan.

While it isn't exactly a video games convention, Nintendo, Capcom and Bandai Namco Entertainment are some of the sponsors of the event, and at their respective booths they've got a couple of fighting games-related live stream broadcasts ready for your viewing pleasure between now and Sunday 1 a.m. Pacific Time.

First up, in a few moments the Day 1 broadcast for Nintendo and Nico Video's Super Smash Bros. for Wii U JPN vs. USA 2-on-2 world grand prix will begin. Four American players -- ZeRo, Mew2King, FOW and MJG -- are slated to take on their Japanese counterparts in a singles tournament today. This is followed by a 2-on-2 team tournament play-offs starting at the same time tomorrow.

Later in the day, Capcom's Tomoaki Ayano and Koichi Sugiyama will also be making appearances on the Capcom TV Day 1 broadcast to play some Ultra Street Fighter 4 with attendees and talk briefly about Street Fighter 5.

Tomorrow at 10 p.m. Pacific Time, Tekken Project lead Katsuhiro Harada will also be making an appearance on the Capcom TV Day 2 stream. He plans to share some new information on Tekken 7 with us while on the show, and is even bringing with him new footage to show off -- is he planning to announce yet another new character?

At 7.30 p.m. Pacific Time tomorrow there will also be a Pokken Tournament live stream, where new information on the arcade title is due, and capping off the day is another Street Fighter talk session on the Capcom TV stream starting at 11:50PM P.T.

Hit the jump for the embedded streams and a brief stream schedule so you won't miss all the action. We'll also be bumping this post throughout the weekend as a fighting games-related segment is about to go live.

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