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Haitani becomes newest member of BrawL eSports

Tatsuya Haitani -- more commonly known as simply "Haitani" -- has joined the BrawL eSports team.

BrawL eSports, much like other competitive teams, focuses on League of Legends, but has also expanded its roster by delving into Hearthstone and Call of Duty, among other games. The team expands further with the addition of Haitani.

This explosive player is mostly known for his Makoto in the Street Fighter 4 series, and is regarded as one of the five Japanese gods of fighting games. Some recent accomplishments include 4th place at the first Capcom Cup in 2013, going undefeated in Vampire Savior at EVO 2012 - 2015 and more.

Though we haven't seen much of Haitani in Ultra Street Fighter 4, hopefully that will change with his new sponsorship.

You can check out the official announcement trailer below.

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NESiCAxLive now in the United States at Round 1 in California, more locations potentially receiving it

Though it's been quite a long time since we talked about NESiCAxLive, an arcade board that allows the legitimate downloading of countless games and updates onto a single unit digitally, we can finally report that a unit has come to the United States.

The first unit is at Round 1, an arcade in Los Angeles, California (Puente Hills). This could have an enormous impact on the arcade scene in the United States, mixing cost effective convenience for business owners with a huge library of titles for players.

In the announcement tweet by Round 1, they ask that people come by and show interest, with NESiCAxLive units only being able to grow in distribution if they're amply supported by the community. Here's the tweet in question:


If this is something you are interested in, tweet our to Round 1 and let them know, or go to the venue yourself and support it! Perhaps we'll be seeing a lot more of NESiCAxLive in the US soon.

Tip submitted by Shinebox.

Source: Round 1 USA

EVO 2015 results feat. Daigo, Momochi, Luffy, Mago, Xian

Update: This story has been updated with final results for EVO 2015.

EVO 2015 is finally upon us, so hopefully you've cleared your entire weekend and are ready for some serious fighting game action.

This year's main lineup will feature Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Mortal Kombat X, Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Tekken 7, Killer Instinct and Persona 4: Arena Ultimax. If none of these games tickle your fancy, though, don't worry - there are more side tournaments than you could ever hope for. For full details, check out our EVO 2015 spectator guide.

As for notable players, there are more than we could even attempt to count. Safe to say, if it's a player name you know, they're most likely there. Just in case, though, make sure to check out the EVO Player Locator to check for your favorite players.

Streaming duties for the main tournament will be covered on SRKEvo1, Capcom Fighters, SRKEvo2, SRKEvo3, SRKEvo4, SRKEvo5, SRKEvo6 and SRKEvo7.

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When is Ultra Street Fighter 4? Who should I look out for in Mortal Kombat X? EventHubs has you covered with our EVO 2015 spectator guide

EVO 2015 is here! The largest fighting game event of the year kicks off tomorrow, and with seven live streams, 9 main games, and thousands of players, one might be wondering how and where to find everything.

Tonight, we have put together a beginner's guide to EVO of sorts in hopes that we can make your viewing experience this weekend that much easier.

Contained in this story is information on all nine of the main games, where and when they are streaming, and which players to look out for. Of course, there are a plethora of amazing players competing this weekend, but we chose a handful that we felt newcomers watching EVO for the first time might have fun looking out for.

Additionally, we've included information on the various side tournament set to take place at the event.

There is a ton of info here, so hit that jump and get ready for EVO 2015!

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BAS reveals his top tiers for both individual characters and full teams in CvS2; side tournament at EVO 2015 announced

One of the greatest Capcom vs SNK 2 players in the world, Ryo "D44BAS" Yoshida, has released a tier list documenting the absolute strongest characters and teams in the 14 year old title.

In his tier list, BAS documents how and why specific teams, like A-Groove Sakura, Bison, Blanka, are amongst the best in the cast. In BAS' opinion, the aforementioned team actually has no disadvantageous match ups, and have answers for virtually every situation.

Additionally, there will be a CvS2 side tournament at EVO this year, run by BAS himself. You'll find the full tier list below. BAS did not include ratio and order as factors in the tiers because he felt it would be too complicated. His basis for an easy-to-use character is "one button anti-air, easy combos, and fast roll (if applicable.)"

Hit the jump to see the side tournament info, and a video of BAS in action.

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'He's the grandfather of Street Fighter to me'—Clip from upcoming FGC documentary explores the massive influence of Alex Valle

Main purpose of Street Fighter 5's beta is to test out online infrastructure; Sony key in assisting with cross platform play

"He's the grandfather of Street Fighter to me," Justin Wong states in black and white. Alex Valle is a household name for almost any FGC fan, but many aren't aware of just how grand his legacy really is. At a time where the U.S. didn't have a scene that could compete internationally, he was one of the few that stood above the rest of his counterparts.

Beyond just being a strong player, his community building efforts weren't rivaled until years later when Alex Jebailey would step forward to create Community Effort Orlando.

Fortunately, this upcoming documentary by Shankar Tablada, titled The Fighting Game Community, makes sure to give due time to one of the greatest trailblazers of our scene. Also, in case you missed it, check out the first trailer for it here.

Check out the clip below for today's history lesson.

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Cammy's evolution since her inception - check out how the Killer Bee has changed from Street Fighter 2 to Street Fighter 5

The official Street Fighter Twitter account has released another Street Fighter 5 trading card this time for Cammy.

Much like Birdie's card from yesterday, we get to see how the character has evolved since her first appearance. This card gives a comparative look at Cammy in Street Fighter 2 Turbo, Street Fighter Alpha 3, Street Fighter 4, and Street Fighter 5.

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We'll be sure to update our story once her Vine card goes live.

Which iteration of Cammy is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: Street Fighter on Twitter.

CEO 2015 preview - Your resource for the big event this weekend, including players, games, schedules, and streams

CEO 2015 is upon us this weekend, and a ton of information has been made available for tournament go-ers and spectators alike to take advantage of.

The tournament is featuring an incredible amount of players, including EG|Justin Wong, EG|PR_Balrog, MCZ|Daigo Umehara, MCZ|Tokido, RZR|Fuudo, MVG|Mew2King, Liquid|Hungrybox, Liquid|Knuckledu, Steam Co.|Yipes, YOMI|Michaelangelo, Kazunoko, Velociraptor, Tryken, and countless others in all sorts of head to head competition.

For such a large amount of players, a large amount of games is expected. These include the main event titles (Smash Bros. for Wii U, Smash Bros. Melee, USF4, MKX, UMvC3, Xrd, P4AU, KI, TTT2, and Divekick) as well as a bevy of side titles like Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax, Def Jam: Fight for New York, Windjammers, Soul Calibur 3, Garou: Mark of the Wolves, Capcom versus SNK 2, and a lot more, including Street Fighter 5 and Tekken 7.

Hit the jump to check out all you'll need to know for this weekend.

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Poll: Which old school Street Fighter title had the best balance?

A little ways back, we asked our users which version of Street Fighter 4 had the best balance, with Ultra Street Fighter 4 winning by a large margin.

Today we wanted to open up a new poll for every old school entry in the franchise, running from Street Fighter 2 (1991) all the way through Street Fighter 3 Third Strike (1999), to find out which version our readers thought had the best character balance overall.

The poll includes all major releases from Capcom in the Street Fighter series, before SF4, but doesn't include the Vs. or EX titles.

You can find the early results below, along with a spot where you can cast your vote.

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Updated: New Street Fighter 5 Vine clip shows Charlie target combo, check out the evolution of Nash over the years

Updated: The official Street Fighter Vine account uploaded Charlie's Street Fighter 5 "trading card" video. In it, we get see Charlie's throw, his Flash Kick, and what appears to be a new target combo. You can find the Vine after the jump.

Earlier: The official Street Fighter Twitter account continues to share nuggets of Street Fighter 5 goodness. Today, we don't have new footage, however, we do get to see how Charlie (Nash) has evolved since his inception.

An image showing the different iterations of Charlie from each Street Fighter title he appeared in was posted on Twitter earlier today, and it's quite interesting to see how much the flash kicking warrior has changed.

The most notable changes include the new scars and seemingly robotic sections built into his skin and the alternate color of his vest.


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Which version of Charlie is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

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Combo Breaker 2015 results, stream archive feat. Justin Wong, NuckleDu, Ricki Ortiz, K-Brad, CD Jr., SonicFox, Air, Arturo & more

Story updated with final results: We've updated this story with the final results for Combo Breaker 2015.

Combo Breaker 2015 is taking place this weekend, and it's got a ton of games, and a ton of competitors.

Players you can expect to take part in the event include EG|Justin Wong, Liquid|NuckleDu, EG|Ricki Ortiz, EG|K-Brad, TSC|CD Jr., cR|SonicFox, ZeRo, CCG|Air, BE|KaneBlueRiver, TS|Arturo Sanchez, EMP|KDZ, KIT|ForeverKing, REO, MOR|Rico Suave, HitBox|Tyrant, Wolfkrone, STB|Shujinkydink, EMP|DarthArma, VGP|Tom Brady, FF|ElvenShadow, Pig of the Hut, BT|Viscant, BananaKen, JRosa, TS|NerdJosh, KidViper and more.

As for games, you can expect to see Mortal Kombat X, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Killer Instinct, Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN, Skullgirls Encore, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Under Night In-Birth: EXE Late, King of Fighters 13, Injustice: Gods Among Us, Divekick, Persona 4: Arena Ultimax, Lethal League and a special mystery game tournament.

There are also a bunch of retro tournaments, featuring classic games such as Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, Garou: Mark of the Wolves, Marvel vs. Capcom 2 and Vampire Savior.

Streaming duties are being handled by Team Spooky, VGBootCamp, BGCallisto and Galloping Ghost Arcade. There will also be an after-hours stream, featured on EG Justin Wong's stream.

Hit the jump to partake in the action.

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Stunfest 2015 results Daigo, Momochi, Xian, Bonchan, Luffy, Ryan Hart, Infiltration, Kazunoko, GamerBee, Tokido, Fuudo, Mago, Poongko

Updated: Day 2 results have been added to this story.

Earlier: A new premiere event is upon us, and this time it's Stunfest, taking place in Rennes, France. Most of Europe's heavy hitters will be in attendance, but that's not all - there's a huge influx of Asian players looking to grab that Capcom Cup spot and the prize money for themselves.

At the event, you can expect to see MCZ|Daigo, EG|Momochi, RZR|Xian, Bonchan, MD|Luffy, FA|Ryan Hart, /r/Kappa|Infiltration, Kazunoko, AvM|GamerBee, MCZ|Tokido, RZR|Fuudo, MCZ|Mago, /r/Kappa|Poongko, D44|BAS, GL|Valmaster, IND|Pro Fluke, Gagapa, YBK|Santarouman, /r/Kappa|Ebi, Eita, RF, BX3|Veggey and more.

As for games, you can expect to see not only Ultra Street Fighter 4, but also Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN, Mortal Kombat X, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, King of Fighters 13, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend, Soul Calibur 5, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Capcom vs. SNK 2 and Breakers Revenge.

Ultra Street Fighter 4 will of course be streamed on CapcomFighters. The English language stream for the rest of the event is being handled by ArmsHouse.

Hit the jump to check out the action.

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Karin was hidden in Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter, gore was removed from Street Fighter Alpha 3 and more

There's so much stuff hidden in the files of Street Fighter series and vs. Capcom titles that it would be impossible to cover it all in this story, but one of the more interesting tidbits is that Karin was actually partially created in the Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter arcade game.

While Karin's head looks like the one that debuted in Street Fighter Alpha 3, you can see her body is actually almost identical to Sakura's sprite, except for the boots.

Karin hidden in MSHvSF, gore removed from SFA3 image #1

That's not all, as some gore was censored out of SFA3, Zangief had a backflip in Alpha 2 and there were some... unique hidden characters in some of the vs. games, you can see our rundown below.

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Capcom Publisher Weekend means USF4 is free to play on PC until Sunday, on sale for $14.99 along with a plethora of other titles

It's currently the Capcom Publisher Weekend on Steam. If you've ever wanted to try Ultra Street Fighter 4 for PC, now is your chance. For the weekend, the game will be completely free to play. If you decide you like it, you can purchase the full game for $14.99 or the digital upgrade for $7.49.

Why get the PC version of USF4? For one, you can enjoy the multitude of mods for your game. Do you want Karin to be in Street Fighter 4? Turn Sakura into Karin with a drop of a file. Do you want to make the entire user interface of your game resemble Capcom vs SNK 2? You can.

Furthermore, despite a rocky start to the game due to various netcode problems, Steam and Capcom have managed to resolve majority of the issues through various patches. If you feel skeptical, however, this is a great chance to try it out for yourself. Even the SSFIV:AE All-in Costume Pack is on sale for $7.49.

Ultra Street Fighter 4 joins a variety of other Capcom titles. While they're not all specific to fighting games, I've saved you some time by including the full sale list below.

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A chance to work for Shadowloo, a glorious music career, and tons of air kicks: Learn all about Dee Jay in The World Warriors ep. 5

Capcom UK continues their World Warriors series -- a series in which the back-story of Street Fighter characters is detailed -- with episode 5. Today's installment focuses on everyone's favorite kickboxing musician, Dee Jay.

Not only are we walked through Dee Jay's story and motivation for fighting across each Street Fighter title he appeared in, but we're also given interesting facts about him. Did you know that Dee Jay is one of the few characters designed by an American artist? Neither did I!

What makes this video even better is the fact that there are bits of gameplay footage scattered throughout that sometimes show off interesting combos and/or useful techniques.

If you find yourself wondering how Dee Jay fits into Street Fighter lore or just want to know more about him, be sure to catch episode 5 of The World Warriors below.

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