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Combo Breaker 2016 live stream, early results ft Justin Wong, SonicFox, Filipino Champ, Ricki Ortiz, Rico Suave, Foxy Grampa, HoneyBee and more

One of the three Capcom Pro Tour ranking events taking place this weekend is Combo Breaker in Chicago, Illinois.

It's not just a Street Fighter 5 event, of course. Other games being played in tournament include Mortal Kombat X, Skullgirls: 2nd Encore, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, Vampire Savior, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, King of Fighters 2002: Unlimited Match, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend, Under Night In-Birth: EXE Late, Persona 4: Arena Ultimax, Killer Instinct, Tekken 7 as well as the famous Mystery Game Tournament.

Players attending include EG|Justin Wong, cR|SonicFox, PG|Filipino Champ, EG|Ricki Ortiz, Rico Suave, PxP|A Foxy Grampa, cR|HoneyBee, YP|Filipinoman, EG|K-Brad, PG|Esam, PG|MarlinPie, PG|RayRay, UA|Bass, FF|ElvenShadow, TSC|CD Jr., Circa|Anakin, D-Link|LordKnight, Hotashi, F3|Alucard, Perfect Legend, CT|The Moon, DJ Nintendo, Foo, TS|Arturo Sanchez, cR|Biohazard, KidViper, FaultyDefense, UA|Noel Brown, GoldenBoyNeo, YOMI|Tyrant, WFX|801 Strider, DL|FourWude, Flux, DOT|Danke, TS|NerdJosh, Fubarduck, BIFU|Coach Steve and many more.

Streaming duties are being handled by Team Spooky, BGCallisto, VGBootCamp, Tekken and Event Horizon.

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Sagat gets double teamed by two Chun-Lis, Blanka is more soccer ball than beast - check out this wild clip from Future Cops

Have you ever stopped and thought to yourself, "What if someone took Street Fighter 2 and combined it with Supercop?" Chances are, you haven't, but that didn't stop it from actually happening.

Future Cops is a 1993 film from Hong Kong that takes some "creative liberties" with iconic Street Fighter characters.

For example, in a moment when Chun-Li finds herself on the losing side of a fight with Sagat, her mother suddenly appears from the sky to assist with a Spinning Bird Kick.

If that wasn't enough, the two go on to show Sagat their "powerful stance," and knock him out complete with Street Fighter 2 sound bytes.


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Akuma battles with stretchy arms, an energy sword, and more in Maker vs. Marker 2 - another stellar stop-animation video

A few years back, we posted a very creative, stop-motion video featuring an artist's hand battling a whiteboard illustration of Akuma on our front page. The impressive animation wowed us, and up until now we had no idea there was a part two.

Uploaded a ways back, Maker vs. Marker 2 is yet another amazing experience that pits the artist against Akuma in a high-flying, fast-paced battle for supremacy.

Below is just a taste of what you can expect to see here, but be sure to hit the jump to see how the rematch unfolds.


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Toryuken 5 results ft. Justin Wong, Julio, Filipino Champ, PR Balrog

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Canada doesn't just have Super Smash Bros. action this weekend, but there's also a bunch of other games being played at the very same venue for Toryuken 5.

At this event, you can expect to see Street Fighter 5 (with Capcom Pro Tour points on the line), Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, Mortaal Kombat X, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, Pokkén Tournament, King of Fighters 13, Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown, Super Street Fighter 2 and Tekken Tag Tournament 2.

Players attending include EG|Justin Wong, FOX|Julio, PG|Filipino Champ, EG|PR Balrog, cR|HoneyBee, PG|RayRay, EG|Ricki Ortiz, EG|K-Brad, PG|MarlinPie, Flux, cR|Biohazard, YOMI|Dieminion, D-Link|LordKnight, TS|Arturo Sanchez, UA|Noel Brown, PAG|CrazyJoe, Chi-Rithy, OCV|Riceata and more.

Streaming duties are being handled by Toronto Top Tiers and Toronto Top Tiers 2.

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Stunfest 2016 results ft. Daigo, Tokido, Haitani, Mago, Kazunoko

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend, Stunfest is happening in Rennes, France, and it's a Premier Capcom Pro Tour event - so you know it's going to be huge.

The event houses a bunch of different games besides Street Fighter 5, though. You can expect to see tournament play in Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Mortal Kombat X, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, Ultra Street Fighter 4, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma, The King of Fighters 13, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, SoulCalibur 5, Capcom vs. SNK 2, Breakers Revenge and Hokuto no Ken. There will also be a stream for casual matches and exhibitions in King of Fighters 14.

As for players attending, you can expect to see Tokido, MJS|Haitani, Mago, Kazunoko, EG|Momochi, AvM|GamerBee, RB|Daigo, MD|Luffy, RZR|Fuudo, PxP|Problem X, YP|Valmaster, RZR|Xian, Qanba|Xiao Hai, HM|Eita, LLL|MBR, HumanBomb, UM|ImStillDaDaddy, HM|Go1, RB|Bonchan, CCL, Perilous|Packz, RZR|RB, D44BAS, OR|Nuki, Melty|Will2Pac, F2K|Popi, Perilous|Afii, HM|Dogura, Melty|Cuongster, Gootecks, UM|Tyrant, Emersion, M|LordDVD, RB|Kayane, Umezono, Brick and many, many more.

Streaming is being done by Capcom Fighters and Asso3HitCombo.

Check out the action after the jump.

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Battle Arena Melbourne 8 results ft Mago, Haitani, Xian, Momochi

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend, Australia's finest are putting on a good show for us with Battle Arena Melbourne 8, which has tournaments in a whole bunch of different games.

At this tournament, you can expect to see high-level tournament play in Street Fighter 5, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Mortal Kombat X, Tekken 7, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown and BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend.

As for players attending, you can expect to see big names such as Mago, MJS|Haitani, RZR|Xian, EG|Momochi, LLL|Mr. R, Abadango, 9B, Somniac, SL|Burnoutfighter and many many others participate for the glory.

Live streams are being handled by NewGamePlusTV, Melbourne Melee, Kaizmo, SASMelbourneSmash, Jett Smash, Googie Gaming, and ZeroX_FGC.

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Northwest Majors 8 results ft. Justin Wong, NuckleDu, Snake Eyez, Filipino Champ

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Northwest Majors 8 is happening this weekend in Des Moines, Washington, and it's stacked to the brim with the best the U.S. has to offer, for multiple fighting games.

At this event, you'll be seeing high-level gameplay of Street Fighter 5, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Tekken 7, Killer Instinct, Mortal Kombat X, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Persona 4: Arena Ultimax, Under Night In-Birth: EXE Late, Project M, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend, Ultra Street Fighter 4 and Skullgirls: 2nd Encore.

As for players attending, you can expect to see EG|Justin Wong, Liquid|NuckleDu, RB|Snake Eyez, PG|Filipino Champ, EG|Ricki Ortiz, EG|PR Balrog, KaneBlueRiver, PG|RayRay, Chris Tatarian, FOX|Julio, Brenttiscool, FF|ElvenShadow, UA|Bass, ITS|Princess Ling, pH|LPN, ILHS|WayGamble, Flux, pH|Hypefiend, Jimmy J Tran, XSK Samurai, SDT|Inkognito, Hotashi, TS|NerdJosh, GOL|Ranmasama, Foo, TheBeautifulDude, PandaTV|Dark Jiewa, KidViper, KillerKai, TXrd|FaultyDefense, Alex Myers, Zidane, MC|GCYoshi, GS|Gllty, KizzieKay, BJ Unchained, NWM|KyleP, DM|El Cubano Loco, Fubarduck, Nacer, Damdai, Graham Wolfe and many, many more.

Streaming duties are being handled by Team Khaos, Khaos Gaming 2, Cacaw Gaming, Khaos Gaming TV, Tekken, Logichole, Seattle Tekken and Eastside Smash.

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'In the future, Akuma will be there' - Tokido says his SF5 character choice is temporary and reveals which title he prefers playing

LOOPING SHOWGAME caught up with Hajime Taniguchi, better known as Tokido, at the Red Bull Kumite last weekend for a brief interview.

Easily regarded as one of the best Street Fighter 5 players on the scene today, Tokido had some interesting things to say about the game.

As many know, Tokido is known for playing Akuma in the Street Fighter 4 series. Since the character is absent from the current Street Fighter 5 roster, the Gouki main is playing Ryu in his stead. But it seems like this is just a temporary choice despite Tokido's feeling that Ryu is very strong in this game.

"In the future, Akuma will be there," Tokido starts. "I choose Ryu, who is also a Shoto, to learn the fireballs and other special moves of this type of character."

Tokido also states which game he prefers playing -- Street Fighter 5 or its predecessor -- and gives his thoughts on his performance at Red Bull Kumite.

You can check out the interview below.

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Texas Showdown 2016 results ft Rico Suave, ChrisG, PR Balrog, Sleep

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend, Texas Showdown 2016 is taking place in ... Well, Texas.

This is a Capcom Pro Tour event, so points are on the line for Street Fighter 5, but you'll also get to see tournament play of Killer Instinct, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Mortal Kombat X, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Pokkén Tournament, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike and Street Fighter 2: Super Turbo.

As for players attending, you can expect to see UA|Rico Suave, NYChrisG, EG|PR Balrog, F3|Sleep, Julio, UA|Bass, WFX|801 Strider, Wolfkrone, Brenttiscool, F3|Alucard, DL|FourWude, WT|Hamad, PandaTV|Dark Jiewa, DM|El Cubano Loco, CH|BrolyLegs, GS|Gllty, UA|Jan, UA|Showtime, Nacer, VGP|Integra, TFA|OmgItzAndre, ThrashHeavy and many more.

Streaming duties are being handled by LevelUp Live, PandaxGaming, Smash United, Texas Melee and BeastChan23.

Check out the full action below.

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'Dhalsim is very strong in this game; I do think he is top 5 at full potential' - Filipino Champ talks Capcom Cup, dropping Marvel and more

Last weekend at West Coast Warzone 5, PG|Filipino Champ spoke briefly with Yahoo eSports' Michael Martin about how he's approaching Street Fighter 5. Champ has his eyes set on the Capcom Cup title, and he's been refining his strategies both inside and outside of the game.

When asked about the progression with his main so far, Champ responded: “Dhalsim in this game is very technical. I don't think I'm going to get the results that I want out of the early stages of the game.”

He feels that once he gets a better handle on how explosive Street Fighter 5 is, he can take the character all the way to Capcom Cup. He is also pretty confident that at his full potential, Dhalsim is a top 5 contender.

The road to Capcom Cup will be paved with players just as hungry to take the title as Champ is. When it comes to training, he prefers playing offline with friends over grinding online to develop his strategies. In regards to winning -- both offline and going for win streaks online -- consistency is his top priority.

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Daigo still sponsored by Mad Catz, Mago and Tokido are free agents

It has been noted by the official Mad Catz Twitter account that while Mago and Tokido are now free agents, and no longer competing under the Mad Catz name, MCZ|Daigo has been retained by the company.

What this will mean for future potential sponsorships under the Mad Catz banner is unclear, but we'd imagine both Mago and Tokido will be fairly contested by high-tier sponsors given their amazing results these last few years.

You can find the tweets confirming player status below.

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'As soon as Guile is released, I'll be on my way to the US' - ISDD talks Guile in SF5, Killer Instinct thoughts and more in exclusive interview

Hypespotting in Scotland was a pretty sweet event, and while there I made sure to grab interviews with some notable players for your reading pleasure.

Second up, we have Sean "ImStillDaDaddy" Dench. In this exclusive interview, he shares his thoughts on Guile's eventual implementation in Street Fighter 5, Killer Instinct, changes from Street Fighter 4 to 5 and more.

You can find a snippet from the interview below.

MajinTenshinhan: So let's get to the main subject right off the bat. Matt Edwards said that Guile will be the DLC character this month for Street Fighter 5, and you've made no secret of Guile being your main guy for Street Fighter in general.

How does it feel to get back the character you've been identified with the most during your competitive career?

ImStillDaDaddy: I am really excited for Guile in this game and even if he was the worst character in the game, I'd still main him, but that won't happen, haha.

I'm looking forward to seeing how Guile matches up in this game to the rest of the cast because there's no advanced characters like C. Viper, Seth, El Fuerte and a few others who stopped Guile from being up at the top in Street Fighter 4. Take them out of the game, and he's near enough invincible.

As we all know, Guile was not really a popular character, usage-wise, in the Street Fighter 4 series, and he was definitely not used at a high level in tournament play by many, only by 3 people in the world if I'm correct. I wonder if it'll stay like that in Street Fighter 5.

As soon as Guile is released, I'll be on my way to the United States and my travels will really start to begin there. I'm going to be super busy this year, I just hope Guile is still played like Guile, just with something new so he can keep up with Nash.

Check out the rest of the interview below.

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Tokido, Mago's Mad Catz sponsorship contracts expired in March; no word from peripheral maker yet on term renewals

Ever since Mad Catz's announcement earlier this year that they would be laying off 37% of their workforce, which includes former Community and Sponsorship Manager Mark "MarkMan" Julio, a lot of us in the fighting games community have been wondering about what's going to happen to the well-loved MCZ pro gamers -- MCZ|Daigo, MCZ|Tokido and MCZ|Mago.

That's been a burning question in the minds of the good folks over at Korea's Team Spiritzero as well. So after the Street Fighter 5 Crash team tournament in South Korea wrapped up, Spiritzero and gang sat the three members of Team Topanga down for a brief interview, in hopes of getting us some answers with regards to the complicated sponsor situation, and to learn a little more about the players' immediate plans.

It was a difficult topic to broach, to be sure, but Tokido and Mago clarified on the situation as best as they could. And as it turns out, at the present moment the two of them are technically no longer Mad Catz sponsored players, as their contracts had already expired in March.

Here's what the two had to say about the Mad Catz situation.

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'I feel [Ryu] can be the best [in SF5]' - MBR talks SF5's playstyle, Ryu's strengths, how to adapt and more in EventHubs exclusive interview

Hypespotting in Scotland was a pretty sweet event, and while there I made sure to grab interviews with some notable players for your reading pleasure.

First of the bunch is Roy "LLL|MBR" Sommeling. In this exclusive interview, he shares his thoughts on the transition between SF4 and SF5, how good Ryu is in the new game, advice for players having trouble adapting to SF5 and more.

You can find a snippet from the interview below.

MajinTenshinhan: How long have you been playing fighting games?

LLL|MBR: Competitively, I've been playing since 2009 with the release of Street Fighter 4. I've always been a huge fan, though. Back when I was about 10 or 11 years old, a friend of mine had an emulator on his PC running King of Fighters 98 and we would play it every day after school.

After that, I've played King of Fighters 2002, Soul Calibur, Dead or Alive 4 and Tekken 6 casually until the release of Street Fighter 4, when I decided to become competitive.

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Street Fighter, Marvel vs. Capcom, Mortal Kombat and free pizza; today is your last chance at discounted registration for West Coast Warzone 5

Capcom Pro Tour Ranking event West Coast Warzone 5 will take place in sunny Orange, California April 15th-17th.

West Coast Warzone has been a somewhat regular part of the SoCal tournament circuit for some time now, and though it hasn't appeared on a yearly basis, each and every event has been incredible.

Street Fighter 5 will be the headlining game, but WCW will also feature Mortal Kombat X, Guilty Gear Xrd, Ultra Street Fighter 4 and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. Though we don't have a full list, we expect to see most all the top competitors from SoCal, like RB|Snake Eyez and EG|Justin Wong, to be there.

WCW sets itself apart from other tournaments by providing unique experiences like their "Continue?" tournament for those who go 0-2 in any game. To our knowledge, they're also the only event that offers a chance at free pizza if you can beat one of the tournament organizers in a casual match.

After tonight at 12 a.m. PST the registration fee will go up to $60, so it's best you head over to their registration page during these final hours for the discounted rate.


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