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Skullgirls PC beta released today for 'Backers' from Indie GoGo campaign - Backer packages still on sale, comes with beta key

The official Skullgirls Twitter announced today that the Skullgirlz PC beta is now available to those who contributed to the Indie GoGo campaign. The Steam key has been sent out to anyone who purchased the "Skullgirls Backer" option and anything above it.

Currently, the beta does not retain lobbies but according to the SG Twitter account, they should be up and running in roughly a week's time. If you'd like to get your hands on the Skullgirls PC beta today, there are still Backer packages available for purchase over on the Lab Zero Games store. This will run you $36 USD and includes the Skullgirls Steam key, a digital version of the original soundtrack and a wallpaper pack.

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CEO 2013 results, stream archives and more - Mago, Momochi, Xian, Justin Wong, ChrisG, Filipino Champ, Yipes, Mike Ross, Ryan Hart

CEO 2013 results, stream archives and more - Mago, Momochi, Xian, Justin Wong, ChrisG, Filipino Champ, Yipes, Mike Ross, Ryan Hart Updated with final results: This story has been updated with final results, battle logs and additional details from day three of CEO 2013.

Hope you don't have anything planned this weekend, because CEO will be roaring throughout the whole three days, with lots of amazing games to be played, including Super Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition v2012, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Street Fighter X Tekken v2013, Injustice: Gods Among Us, King of Fighters 13, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Persona 4: Arena and more.

To check out a larger rundown on what will be going on during the event, check out our tournament preview, and after the jump we've also included a schedule for you to gaze at longingly.

Hit the jump to check out the live streams being provdided by CEO Gaming, Capcom Fighters and FunkyP Gaming.

List of Japanese players set to attend EVO 2013

List of Japanese players set to attend EVO 2013 Thanks to the Japanese FGC, we have this amazing spreadsheet showing every player set to attend EVO 2013, and what games they will be participating in. You can find the spreadsheet itself here, but if you'd prefer, we're going to list them all right below, for your convenience.

Hit the jump to check out what Japanese players are aiming to win EVO and what players decided not to take the trip.

CEO 2013 preview: Mago, Momochi, Xian, Justin Wong, Chris G, Filipino Champ, Yipes, Mike Ross, Ryan Hart and more

CEO 2013 preview: Mago, Momochi, Xian, Justin Wong, Chris G, Filipino Champ, Yipes, Mike Ross, Ryan Hart and more CEO 2013 will be taking place this weekend, and will feature a large variety of games including Super Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition v2012, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Injustice: Gods Among Us, Street Fighter X Tekken v2013, King of Fighters 13, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Persona 4: Arena and several other titles.

But it's not just about the games, it's also about the players. The list of expected attendees is stacked, with big names like EG|Justin Wong, MCZ|Mago, DM|Xian and AGE|NYChrisG present on it. It's also worth noting that this tournament is the last Road to EVO tournament, so this is where people will want to shine before proving their worth at the biggest tournament of them all.

Hit the jump to check out the full preview.

Smash Bros. has over 550 sign ups for EVO - game-by-game breakdown of CEO's registrants

Smash Bros. has over 550 sign ups for EVO - game-by-game breakdown of CEO's registrants Mr. Wizard mentioned today that Super Smash Bros. Melee, a game that was added to EVO 2013's lineup by the fans, currently has over 550 players registered to compete.

This is a huge number of players, especially for a game that wasn't even originally going to be in the lineup, but was added because fans raised almost $100,000 for breast cancer research.

To give these numbers a bit of context, we're comparing them with CEO 2013's current lineup, which is going down this weekend in Orlando, Florida. CEO is sure to be one of the biggest tournaments of the year, and their registration just closed, but they'll be accepting emergency registrants at the door. As such, these numbers aren't final, but do offer a solid look at how things should end up.

Hit the jump to check them out.

GUTS2 results and stream archives - featuring Dieminion, Sabin, Sanford Kelly, Alukard, Lucky D, Fooblat, WinRich and more

Updated with results and a stream archive: This story has been updated with top 8 results for multiple games and a stream archive for the final day of action from Spooky's stream.

The Game Underground Tournament Spectacular 2 (GUTS2) is currently under way in Boston, Massachusetts. The live streaming duties are being handled by Team Spooky, Game Underground, Bifuteki and WWW Smash. The tournament will be kicking off shortly.

The games being competed in today include Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition v2012, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Injustice: Gods Among Us, Street Fighter X Tekken, Super Smash Bros. Brawl / Melee and many others. The winners for both SSF4 AE v2012 and UMvC3 will be receiving VxG seeding points.

Players in attendance include EMP|Sanford Kelly, EMP|Dieminion, Arturo "TS|Sabin" Sanchez, MH|Alukard, FNEX|K-Brad, Weirdo Neo, AG|Native Impact, AG|Lucky D, TS|Fooblat, BIFU|Winrich and more.


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Hit the jump to check out the live stream embeds.

Updated: Lab Zero's early concept, rough colors and finaliized art for new Skullgirls stage - New Meridian Rooftops

Updated: The Skullgirls official Facebook has posted a finalized image of the New Meridian Rooftops stage.

The guys over at Lab Zero unveiled concept art for a new Skullgirls stage over on their IndieGoGo page. This is early 2D artwork showing off the next stage entitled Meridian Rooftops.

Peter Bartholow left a brief message about the new stage and the progress of the River King Casino stage. You can check out his update below.

The River King Casino stage is well into development – with the 2D art complete, we’ve begun the process of making it 3D.

So naturally you’re wondering what stage is next, right? Well, wonder no more – behold, the New Meridian Rooftops stage!

Hit the jump to see the entire process of creating the stage with it's concept art, then the flat and rough colors.

Street Fighter X Tekken v2013 and Skullgirls finals from UFGT9 featuring ChrisG, CJ Truth, Duckator, Chilldog and more

VGBootCamp has uploaded some Street Fighter X Tekken v2013 and Skullgirls finals from Ultimate Fighting Game Tournament 9. Below is the winners, losers and grand finals sets which feature AGE|NYChrisG, CoolKid, CJ Truth, Duckator, Chilldog and more.

Juju officially removed from Skullgirls due to confidentiality agreement breach

Juju officially removed from Skullgirls due to confidentiality agreement breach Juju was a Skullgirls character that was created by Lab Zero for the DLC character votes based off of suggestions from a fan named Ceemcneil. To avoid any legal issues, the company tried for some time to acquire the full rights to Juju and make her an option for fans to vote on during the polls.

The legal matters had since been resolved and things were looking up for the sniping assistant of Parasoul. Unfortunately, a confidentially agreement was recently breached by Ceemcneil and as a result, Juju will no longer be a part of Skullgirls.

Below is an official statement from Ravidrath over at Lab Zero games on the matter.

There was a confidentiality agreement in the contract Mr. McNeil signed, so I'm extremely disappointed that after working for a few months to get this resolved, the creation of this thread has ended any possibility of using Juju in the future.

We tried to get this resolved favorably despite continued disruptive and unprofessional conduct on Mr. McNeil's part, often against our own better judgment. His behavior in the Skullgirls community has made Juju an extremely divisive topic within Lab Zero and I soldiered ahead because I felt it was the right thing to do. But with this breach of confidence, none of that matters now.

To say that I am disappointed in this outcome would be an understatement.

This decision is final - sorry to all of Juju's fans, but I can't afford to waste any more of Lab Zero's time and money pursuing this.

For a more in-depth description of how Juju's creation and demise came about, check out this thread on the Skullheart forum.

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Ultimate Fighting Game Tournament 9 results featuring ChrisG, Mike Ross, Tom Brady, KaneBlueRiver, Air, Latif and more

Ultimate Fighting Game Tournament 9 results featuring ChrisG, Mike Ross, Tom Brady, KaneBlueRiver, Air, Latif and more Updated with final results: The results of Ultimate Fighting Game Tournament 9 have been added into the story after the jump.

Ultimate Fight Game Tournament 9 is now streaming from Chicago, Illinois. This is a Road to EVO 2013 event and many games will be giving EVO seeding points for its top place players. There will be a ton of games played including Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition v2012, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Injustice: Gods Among Us, Street Fighter X Tekken v2013 and more.

Numerous top players will be attendance including AGE|NYChrisG, EMP|Tom Brady, FNEX|Kbrad, KaneBlueRiver, Perfect Legend, RZR|Latif, BT|Viscant, EG|Floe, CCG|Air and more.

Hit the jump to check out the streams and check our tournament preview for a full rundown.

Peter Bartholow details Skullgirls DLC character poll results

Peter Bartholow details Skullgirls DLC character poll results Peter Bartholow, Skullgirls lead designer has posted the DLC character fan vote results. This covers both of the different polls which Beowulf and Eliza won.

For the first poll they have listed a percentage for each character and the total amount of votes. With the second one they only list the amount of votes and note a percentage.

Hit the jump to check out the full details.

Character Vote 1: Round 1

26.6% : Eliza
24.7% : Isaac
24.4% : Annie
23.6% : Minette
23.3% : Stanley
21.7% : Aeon
21.1% : Panzerfaust
20.8% : Beowulf
20.3% : Venus
20.1% : B. Dahlia

Skullgirls to be released in Japanese arcades on Taito's Nesica system

Skullgirls to be released in Japanese arcades on Taito's Nesica system It was confirmed yesterday by the official Skullgirls Twitter account that the game will be seeing a release in Japanese arcades some time soon. An arcade release document listed Skullgirls as an upcoming title to be playable on Taito's Nesica system.

Skullgirls is headed to Japanese arcades on Taito's Nesica system!

Lead Skullgirls designer Peter Bartholow further confirmed the Japan release by stating his excitement toward the project and how the team sees this more as a chance to get Skullgirls out there as opposed to an opportunity to make money.

We are stupidly excited for this just because I can’t think of a single other non-Japanese dev that can say they have a game out in Japanese arcades. We see this more as a marketing opportunity for the property and other versions than something we intend to make a lot of money on.

Bartholow also mentioned that the Skullgirls team is not working on this port themselves but rather, a Japanese development team is. The developer for the Japanese Skullgirls arcade release has not yet been disclosed.

It is said that the arcade version of the game will receive all of the upcoming DLC characters. According to Bartholow, we can expect to see Skullgirls in Japan "as soon as possible".

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East Coast Throwdown 5 results, stream archives and more featuring ChrisG, Justin Wong, Dieminion, PR Balrog, Filipino Champ, Ricky Ortiz

East Coast Throwdown 5 results, stream archives and more featuring ChrisG, Justin Wong, Dieminion, PR Balrog, Filipino Champ, Ricky Ortiz Updated with final results: This story has been updated with the final results from East Coast Throwdown 5.

East Coast Throwdown 5 is about to get going, with the pools being shown on stream from 12 P.M., live from Morristown, New Jersey. The tournament will take place during May 18th-19th, and features Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition v2012, Street Fighter X Tekken v2013, Injustice: Gods Among Us, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 and more on the main stage, with lots of side tournaments going on as well. For a full rundown of the titles being competed in, hit up our tournament preview.

Hit the jump to check out the streams, with main streaming duties being handled by TeamSp00ky. Secondary streams will be held by Deadly Bison Entertainment, KombatNetwork and Bibiquadium.

Skullgirls team does not expect any future delays on patches for Xbox 360, Wii U version not likely

The Skullgirls team took to Twitter to make sure that fans know they do not expect any future delays when patching the game after the delay on the Slightly Different Edition patch on the Xbox 360.

The Slightly Different Edition patch first hit the PlayStation Store on November 20, 2012 and the Xbox Live Marketplace on May 14, 2013.

Additionally, they noted that a Wii U release is not likely. It is possible, but there will be quite a few factors in determining if it will happen.

Pixel Vision time-laps drawing showcasing Batman and Superman, Skullgirls River King Casino early theme, Tekken Strike ep. 1

8bitEGO has posted a pixel vision which showcases a time-lapse drawing of Batman and Superman from Injustice: Gods Among Us by Masood Tahir.

After the jump you can check out an early work-in-progress version of the Skullgirls River King Casino theme and the first episode of Tekken Strike, a tournament held in the same format as Tekken Crash where 4 competitors battle in a double elimination bracket.


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