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Final forum guide contest is for Mad Catz TE stick, other winners announced - EventHubs forum overhaul in the works

Final forum guide contest is for Mad Catz TE stick, other winners announced - EventHubs forum overhaul in the works We've had a really good run since we launched our monthly forum guide contest here on EventHubs. We awarded many $50 prizes each month to the people who wrote the best guides, but we're going to be moving in a different direction here soon, and the contest will be closed down.

Still, we're going out with a bang and the final forum guide contest will be decided on September 24, 2013 and the winner will receive a Mad Catz Tournament Edition FightStick for the system of their choice.

We need our reader's help though to find the best guides on the forums, as such, we're asking them to leave a comment here below with link(s) to their favorite guides that have been posted. This can be submitted by the author who wrote the guide, or someone who feels a guide was particularly helpful.

If it's the latter case, please feel free to explain how the guide helped you and what you learned from it, as your words could help the author win the grand prize.

We're also announcing the past few month's winners, and what users can expect from the forum overhaul. Hit the jump to see those details.

Mike Z demonstrates Big Band's first normal attacks in Skullgirls, female announcer shown off

Mike Z demonstrates Big Band's first normal attacks in Skullgirls, female announcer shown off During the most recent Salty Cupcakes event, entitled Salty Cupcakes: Surprise Edition, some interesting new content was shown off and discussed by Lab Zero's Mike Z.

This stream archive gives us the first look at Skullgirls' 2nd DLC character, Big Band, attacks in action. Although the character isn't quite completed yet, Mike shows off some of the attacks and animations he retains.

Currently, Big Band is only equipped with a fully functional standing Light Punch, Light Kick and standing Medium Kick, but has animations for many of the other face button normals. He also has numerous animations such as his blocking, jumping, ground tech and more.

Additionally, we get to hear bits from the new female announcer throughout the video.

Hit the jump to check out the Big Band Skullgirls footage.

Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 with DLC and Skullgirls 50% - 60% off, on select consoles

Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 with DLC and Skullgirls 50% - 60% off, on select consoles If you're looking to pick up three of the most popular fighting games around right now for a discounted price, you may want to read on. A few different websites are currently running sales with games at 50% - 60% off.

First up, Amazon is selling Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition for roughly 60% off. The Xbox 360 version will only run you $16.03, but the PS3 and PC ports are slightly more expensive.

Xbox.com is also running a deal of the weak in which Xbox Live Gold subscribers can purchase a slew of games at a discounted price. Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and its DLC are all currently discounted, but below you will find pricing info for the game itself and the costume value pack that contains 47 different alternate costumes.

Lastly, the PlayStation store has numerous games on sale including Lab Zero's Skullgirls. PlayStation Plus subscribers can snatch it up for $3.75 USD, while everyone else will have to pay $7.49.

. Hit the jump to check out the links and pricing breakdown.

Skullgirls officially released on Steam today, purchase before September 5 for free color palette DLC - Squigly story mode playthrough

The PC version of Skullgirls has been officially released over on Steam today. This version features the first fully completed DLC character, Squigly, as playable on the roster.

Those who purchase the game before September 5th will also received a free character color bundle DLC that would normally run you about $5. If you're looking to pick up the game, the PC version of Skullgirls costs $14.99 USD over on Steam.

Hit the jump to check out the PC system requirements in order to run Skullgirls, and a Squigly story mode playthrough uploaded by Maelxich.

Skullgirls newcomer Squigly detailed by game directors Mike Z and Alex Ahad in a 20-minute breakdown

If you've been looking forward to new Skullgirls content, your waiting will soon finally come to an end. In preparation for the release of upcoming DLC characters, the first one being the undead opera singer Squigly, Mike Z and Alex Ahad have done a breakdown of this initial newcomer, going through her normals, specials and supers in full detail.

You can check the video out below, and let us know in the comments if you think she seems like a valuable addition to the roster or not.

Thanks to ArturoA9790, JumpMan33 and HooliganComboFTW for sending us this news tip.

Summer Jam 7 tournament results and stream archive, ft. ChrisG, KDZ, MarlinPie, CD Jr., Flux, Sanford Kelly and more

Summer Jam 7 tournament results and stream archive, ft. ChrisG, KDZ, MarlinPie, CD Jr., Flux, Sanford Kelly and more Update: This story has been updated with final results and a stream archive for Summer Jam 7.

While it may be the the off season for fighting game tournaments in general, that certainly doesn't mean there are no noteworthy events going on. Summer Jam VII is just starting, and brings a bunch of big names like AGE|NYChrisG, EMP|KDZ, BT|MarlinPie, EMP|CD Jr., MH|Flux and more.

Games present at the tournament are plentiful, and include Super Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition v2012, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Street Fighter X Tekken v2013, Injustice: Gods Among Us, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, King of Fighters 13, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Persona 4: Arena and much, much more.

For the full rundown, check out our official preview, and hit the jump for the live stream, early results and event schedule.

Most popular characters, teams and more for SSF4 AE v2012, UMvC3, SFxT, Injustice, etc. - EventHubs stats

We've launched our revolutionary new fighting game stats area here on EventHubs. This is an easy way to find out who the most popular characters are in all of the major tournament games in the scene, along with quite a bit more information. There are 23 games total featured here, ranging from Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition v2012, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 all the way down to Super Smash Bros. Melee, and all major stops in between.

As the largest website in the fighting game community, we can offer a fairly insightful look at the current state of our scene and it's players. Here's a brief feature rundown:

• Stats pages for more than 600 characters.
• Listing of most popular fighters and teams played.
• Interactive maps showing where competitors are located.
• All stat pages updated once every 6 hours.
• Much, much more.

Hit the jump for more details.

Skullgirls PC beta online tournament 2013 now accepting sign ups - EVO top 8 finalists unable to participate

Skullgirls PC beta online tournament 2013 now accepting sign ups - EVO top 8 finalists unable to participate With the PC version of Skullgirls seeing a release later this month and pre-purchases already available on Steam, Lab Zero Games is holding an online tournament for the beta of the game. The Skullgirls PC beta can be acquired by pre-ordering the game on Steam and was also given out to backers of the Indie GoGo campaign.

The player limit for this event caps at 1024 participants and bracket pages have been created over on Challonge. These are not currently filled out as the sign ups have just begun, but if you want to keep track of the player standings during the tournament you can find them over on Lab Zero's registration page.

Below is the official tournament schedule.

8/5 - 8/9: Registration
8/11 - 8/13: Announcement of pools and times
8/14 - 8/19: Pools
8/20 - 8/21: Finals

Note: According to the Skullgirls PC beta tournament registration page, the players who comprise EVO 2013's Skullgirls top 8 are not allowed to sign up for this competition.

If you'd like to compete in this online event, be sure to hit the aforementioned link.

Tips by Kawalorn, HooliganComboFTW.

Beta launch: Stats for all major tournament fighting games - most popular characters, teams and much more

Beta launch: Stats for all major tournament fighting games - most popular characters, teams and much more We're very happy to take the veil off on our brand new stats page. In this completely overhauled section, you'll find stats for all of the major tournament fighting games in our scene, plus a few other titles.

These cover the most popular characters, teams, locations of players and much, much more.

This is a beta launch of the new section, so you may stumble across a few bugs (like lack of graphic headers for some titles).

This is a revolutionary and highly innovative site feature, containing information you can't find any where else, and will likely become a staple of many people's routines when searching for telemetry data. Here's a quick features rundown:

• Most popular characters for 23 different fighting games.
• Most common teams and positions for each character for 2v2 and 3v3 titles.
• Location breakdowns showing which regions players hail from.
• System information for all games and characters.
• All information updated every 12 hours.
• Quite a bit more.

Skullgirls now available for pre-purchase on Steam - grants access to beta and free DLC color palette

Many readers have pointed out that Lab Zero's beautiful 2D fighter, Skullgirls, is now available for pre-order over on Steam. You can pre-purchase the game now for $14.99 USD.

If you decide to do so, you will receive the DLC color palette as a bonus. You will also be granted access to the Skullgirls PC beta, however, it has been reported that the beta is currently undergoing some issues that are being resolved by Steam.

The release date listed by Steam is August 22nd, so be sure to place your pre-orders now and try out the beta once it's up and running. You can check out a few screenshots of the PC Skullgirls below.


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Tips by HooliganComboFTW, Kawalorn, GeeK, GentleLinker, ChipsLight and Lavama.

EVO 2013 results and stream archives ft. Daigo, Infiltration, ChrisG, Justin Wong, Fuudo, Tokido and Xian

Updated with final results: This story has been updated with final results for EVO 2013.

The time has finally come, and this year's EVO is upon us. The tournament starts at 8AM PDT, and will go on for the entire weekend, featuring nine different games and a large selection of the world's best players battling it out to see who can grab the world title in their game of choice this year.

The tournament will feature Super Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition v2012, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Injustice: Gods Among Us, Super Smash Bros. Melee, King of Fighters 13, Street Fighter X Tekken, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Persona 4: Arena and Mortal Kombat, as well as various side tournaments for other titles.

With the highest caliber of competitors taking eachother on in every one of these games, to solidify who is the best of the best, this is not an event to be missed. Are you ready to feel the hype? Then go ahead and hit the jump for live streams, schedules, results as they happen and everything else you might need.

For more information and polls on who will win, check out our official preview, and also make sure to follow us on Twitter for live updates. Also, if you want to do a live chat with other fighting game enthusiasts, hit up our IRC to share the fun.

Skullgirls PC release date is August 22, 2013

The Skullgirls team announced that the PC version of their game will be out on Thursday, August 22, 2013 on Steam. Pre-orders will begin on August 1st, if you'd like to reserve the game in advance.

Lab Zero released this image to note the announcement.


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Last week, Lab Zero released a beta version for fans who supported their Indiegogo fundraising campaign on PC.

Tip from Icejohn and Crondizzle via the official Skullgirls Twitter account.

First in-game footage of Skullgirl's Big Band in action - shows off his 3rd Strike-esque parry

First in-game footage of Skullgirl's Big Band in action - shows off his 3rd Strike-esque parry During Anime Expo 2013 this past weekend, the Salty Cupcakes stream held a Skullgirls broadcast. Included in this live feed was the first in-game look at the 2nd DLC character in the works, Big Band.

Mike Z notes that Big Band is clearly one of the largest characters in the game and is actually as tall as Double (sans the saxophone on his back.) Although he isn't equipped with any attacks at this point, we do get to see Big Band's parry as he thwarts Valentine's attempt at hitting him with a super.

The quick Big Band demonstration begins at around 1:35:00 in the stream archive.

Hit the jump to check it out.

EVO 2013 preview: Notable players, streams, brackets, schedule, vote for winners and more - July 12-14 in Las Vegas

EVO 2013 preview: Notable players, streams, brackets, schedule, vote for winners and more - July 12-14 in Las Vegas The world's biggest fighting game tournament is going down this weekend, and we'll have full coverage of everything happening in and around EVO 2013 here on EventHubs.

You'll be able to check the site for all of the latest results, live streams, battle logs, bracket updates and more updated constantly throughout the weekend, as the world's best fighting game players descend on Las Vegas, Nevada at the Paris hotel.

There will be a panel from Capcom USA staff and NetherRealm Studios will announced a 5th DLC character for Injustice: Gods Among Us, likely on Sunday, possibly before the finals for that game plays out.

Hit the jump to check out our full preview of the event, including notable players, a schedule, stream information, polls to vote on which players will win SSF4 AE v2012 and UMvC3 and quite a bit more.

Squigly and River King Casino stage playable in Skullgirls PC beta, Chilldog's character overview and day 1 tech

Top Skullgirls player, Chilldog, recently uploaded a video showing off the first DLC character Squigly and the River King Casino stage in the Skullgirls PC beta. Both Squigly and the stage are slightly unfinished in the current build but we still get to see them in full-fledged action.

Chilldog runs through all of Squigly's normals, special moves and supers, giving an explanation for each. He proceeds to demonstrate a few general strategies, setups and combos to get you on the path to playing her.

If you're curious as to what Squigly will play like once finally added to Skullgirls, check out the video below.

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