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SNK Playmore purchased by Chinese company Leyou Millenium

It's been a while since SNK has been in headlines, and today we found out why. It has been reported that SNK Playmore has been acquired by Leyou Millenium.

The Chinese company purchased 81.25% of SNK's shares for $63.5 million, and the transaction was finalized in Osaka, Japan today. According to the CEO of Oriential Securities -- part of the joint venture with Shunrong Sanqi that invested in Ledo Millenium for this acquisition -- the main reason for this deal was to obtain the rights to SNK's IP and characters.

Leyou Millenium stated that they'd like to explore other forms of media rather than focus solely on games, comparing this business model to Marvel. A promise for more games, movies, and TV shows was made, so we'll be seeing our favorite SNK characters again in the future.

SNK is known for such fighting franchises as King of Fighters, Samurai Showdown, and Fatal Fury, with their last big fighting title (King of Fighters 13) released back in 2010.

Source: SNK Playmore. Via Destructoid and Dream Cancel. Sent in by Ing_Goodface and IkeMoses.

Edge and Chel get new moves in the latest patch, plus see combos for every character, resets and more in today's Rising Thunder alpha roundup

Hype continues to grow for Seth Killian's upcoming robo-fighter, Rising Thunder. Videos continue to flood in as gamers excavate the alpha, and we've collected a few of them to share with you today.

ScDrPain has compiled 120 combos that the community has discovered over the first week of the alpha. We also have a few videos featuring tech for Vlad, as his flight/normal jump cancels seem to give him a mixup/reset-heavy advantage.

Developers also just released the patch notes for the 1235 build. In this update, Edge gets a new double projectile named "Binary Flux" while Chel gains "Stinging Wind," a brand new, quickly advancing attack. The patch update also features a handful of bug fixes and character alterations.

Hit the jump below to see the videos.

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The Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden demo is coming to Europe and North America on August 6th

Finally, the West will be able to get their hands on the latest 2D Dragon Ball Z fighter, Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden.

While we eagerly await the game's Western release come this October, in just two days, Nintendo 3DS owners will be able to play the demo via the Nintendo eShop.

Though we don't know which characters will be available in the demo, we do know that the Japanese demo came with Goku, Kid Gohan, Vegeta, and Majii Buu.

Extreme Butoden's allure includes the fact that it features figures from DBZ's more modern storyline such as Beerus and Super Saiyan God Goku. Who do you hope to see in the demo? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Bandai Namco via Twinfinite.

Need a refresher on the state of Tekken x Street Fighter? Look no further with AwpWilliams' state of affairs breakdown

Though we're looking forward to both Tekken 7 and Tekken x Street Fighter, it can easily be said that we don't particularly know much about either title. Especially in the case of Tekken x Street Fighter, it has remained enigmatic for the past five years.

For anyone who's lost track, or jumped off the train for keeping track of these titles, AwpWilliams has you covered with this in depth breakdown video, reviewing what we know about each title, and offering opinions on the state of things.

Most of the video is devoted to Tekken x Street Fighter, but there is a bit about the potential console version of Tekken 7, and the relation between the two games.

Hit the jump for a refresher course.

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'For the people!' - Filipino Champ and Justin Wong take on the world in Rising Thunder ranked matches

For those of you trying to follow Rising Thunder, we've seen many combo exhibitions and tech videos, but not many high level videos of regular play.

That demand is about to be sated, as PG|Filipino Champ and EG|Justin Wong take on all challengers online, a treat to watch due to their high player ranking, getting matched with good opponents.

The action starts around 9:10, with Justin Wong joining in at 4:25:30.

For anyone who wants to get a peak at what the game is truly like at the moment, be sure to check out the stream archive here.

Source: FGTVLive

Image credit goes to The Daily Dot.

Dead or Alive 5: Last Round is getting new stages, new costumes and a brand new character

Fans of the Dead or Alive series will be excited to hear that Last Round will be receiving quite a bit of content in the coming months.

The first of this content will be available on August 11th. The 1.04 patch will bring with it the new "Fireworks" stage as well as the Lovely Summer Costume 2015 pack. September will offer yet another set of costumes, but these will be based on Nihon Falcom games.

In October, the winning costumes from the DOA Designer Challenge 2015 will be released. DLC based on Square Enix’s Schoolgirl Strikers will be available in November.

Though it's a ways off, in Spring of 2016, DoA5:LR will receive a major update with both a brand new character and another new stage. At this point, we don't know much else in the way of details, but surely more information will become available as we grow closer to the release date.

Source: Gamestalk via Gematsu. Thanks to originalhuman, nightmaresteam and HooliganComboFTW for the submissions.

Knock their blocks off - Combo videos show the flexibility of Rising Thunder's combo system

While the game is fresh in the early stages of it's technical alpha, Rising Thunder has been garnering quite a lot of attention from the community, especially PC gamers looking for a fighting game fix.

That being said, a slew of new combo videos, experimentation, and tech for the game are flooding the internet as people explore the surprisingly deep and flexible mechanics behind the game's combo system.

Following the jump is a combo video round up, each for different characters in the game, that show off a good chunk of the game's current potential. At such an early stage, it'll be interesting to see where the game goes as it develops, and what about this system may change.

Hit the jump for some robot action.

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Dead or Alive Festival results ft. MC Kwiggle, XCalibur Bladez, Gehaktbal, Teru Rock, Test, Aka and more - Also, a cosplay contest!

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Today, the Dead or Alive Festival is taking place, and there'll be a bunch of Dead or Alive-themed festivities taking place, including a cosplay contest and even a special announcement by Team Ninja.

But the main event is the tournament - First, there will be a qualifying tournament where several brave warriors will reach the top 16 bracket, which has already been filled by international fighters which include MC Kwiggle, XCalibur Bladez and Gehaktbal. Tune in, and find out who makes it to the end, and who ends up taking the whole tournament.

There will also be a 5v5 team tournament taking place, just in case you weren't already sold on the event. Hit the jump to check out the live stream and schedule.

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Cosplay contest, free stuff and a top-level player tournament - Dead or Alive Festival kicks off in Tokyo, Japan tomorrow

This weekend, a very special event is being hosted in Tokyo, Japan.

The Dead or Alive Festival will be kicking off, and it features a multitude of special treats, including a cosplay contest, the presence of current Dead or Alive series producer and the head of Team Ninja Yosuke Hayashi, a tournament with 8 of the best Dead or Alive 5: Last Round players the world has to offer, including voted-in American champions MC Kwiggle and XCalibur Bladez, as well as a pre-tournament where people can qualify for the last 3 spots in the main event.

Also, there's a special announcement scheduled at the end of the event.

This is a one-day event, and it's going to be jam-packed with awesome stuff for any Dead or Alive fan, so make sure to tune in for it. You can catch all of the action on Team Ninja's YouTube stream.

After the jump, you can find an official trailer as well as a detailed schedule of happenings at the event.

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Doopliss shows off combos, Sergey finds a cross-under reset - Early Rising Thunder alpha footage gives new meaning to tech

Even though people just got alpha access to Rising Thunder, an upcoming PC fighting game headed by Seth Killian and taking a free to play, simple controls approach, it would seem that people are already getting to work figuring out the game's ins and outs.

Doopliss has created a great combo video showing off the game, and each character's potential. It would seem that despite the simplified control approach the game has a lot to offer in terms of tech and combo goodness.

Sergey also adds to this with a 60% reset as the character Edge, utilizing a dash under set up unique to him.

Hit the jump to check out the footage.

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Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax announced for North America, South America and Europe

Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax, the upcoming fighting game based on the popular Dengeki Bunko light novels, will officially drop on October 6th in North America, South America, and Europe.

This is a 2D crossover anime fighting game featuring popular characters from Japanese novels published under the Dengeki Bunko label. The game will be available on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita, though Europen players will only have access to the digital version.

The North and South American versions will have a special launch edition that includes a bonus edition soundtrack CD from notable Sega composers. Below are a few beautiful screen shots:

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You can check out the announcement trailer after the jump.

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Dave and Buster's will be featuring Pokkén Tournament in the United States

Pokkén Tournament was just recently released in Japanese arcades. There has been little talk about North America getting its hands on the new fighter, until now.

The Senior Vice President of Entertainment and Game Strategy at Dave & Buster’s, Kevin Bachus, has started an Ask Me Anything on Reddit, and has revealed that Dave and Buster's plans to feature Pokkén Tournament in its arcades.

Bachus states, "We will be testing Pokken. Candidly both NAMCO and I are more optimistic about that title and our typical guests than Tekken." There is no official time frame yet as to when this will actually happen.

Surely Pokémon's draw on younger audiences piques D&B's interest in the game for their more family-oriented arcades. You can hit the jump below to see some game play footage of the new title.

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How Rising Thunder, headed by former Capcom legend Seth Killian, intends to evolve the fighting game genre

Seth Killian has been in the scene for a long time. More importantly, however, he's worn more hats than many could dream even dream of. As a player, commentator, and community manager, Killian is a personality in the genre looked up to by players across the globe.

But something happened to him. He got burnt out according to a recent interview with Kotaku. "I will always love them. There's a slightly religious zeal to my love of fighting games, but people can burn out on things."

His philosophical take on the genre hadn't changed. "I have a slightly messianic belief in fighting games, just for the way they bring people together. You can watch two human minds interact in this environment in a really fast-paced way." However, when thinking about making his own, he thought to himself, "What do I have to offer the genre?"

What he has to offer is Rising Thunder.

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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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'MKX has expanded to a whole new audience' - Arturo Sanchez talks MKX scene growth, multi-game proficiency, character choices and more

Disclaimer: The posting of this interview had to be postponed due to various circumstances. The interview was conducted roughly 2 months ago. Much of the interview revolves around game mechanics and longevity, and is still applicable today.

With Mortal Kombat X lighting up tournaments lately, we here at EventHubs decided to reach out to a few players who've spent a lot of time on the game. Our second interview is with TS|Arturo Sanchez, known for his prowess in many different games, who lends his insight into Mortal Kombat X's potential longevity, his character choice, what impact playing multiple different games could have for him, and more.

Here's a snippet to get you started.

MajinTenshinhan: What character(s) are you going to play, and why?

TS|Arturo Sanchez: At this moment, I'm maining Takeda. Why? Because he's the closest thing to Dhalsim in this game... I can't stop playing long range characters. The thing is, since the game is still new, I don't know all of my optimal ranges, spacing and setups yet, since things are still in flux. It's still in the initial discovery period. Takeda has slow normals. I'm going to be struggling for a while, but I'm used to it. This is the path I chose.

Secondary would be Reptile perhaps, but the execution barriers are a problem for me. He is much more execution heavy than he was in Mortal Kombat 9. But he is so cool in this game! He has a Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike like Genei Jin activation in the Nimble variation that allows for some dirty, dirty setups. I might have to bite the bullet and just grind with him, as well.

Hit the jump for the rest of the interview.

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