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'The most important thing is to turn your losses into future wins' - Sako on character choices, evolving as a player, favorite fighting game and more

Please note: This interview was originally conducted in Japanese, and subsequently translated by myself, EventHubs' very own MajinTenshinhan.

Just a few weeks ago, Cannes Winter Clash wrapped up, and a whole plethora of talented players attended the event.

Thankfully, I was at the event representing our site, and managed to grab many interviews with players, which we will be publishing daily for about the next two weeks.

Today, one of Japan's fighting game legends, HORI|Sako talks character choices, Street Fighter 5, his all-time favorite fighting game, what's most important to evolve as a fighting game player, and more. You can find a snippet after the jump.

MajinTenshinhan: The Capcom Pro Tour prize money has increased greatly this year. Do you think that you will travel to more Capcom Pro Tour events this year?

HORI|Sako: Honestly, I'm not really thinking about it. Travelling abroad and winning events to get into the Capcom Cup is not really something I'm considering right now.

Hit the jump for the rest of the interview.

Next Level Battle Circuit #114 results ft. Smug, Coach Steve, Shine and more

Next Level Battle Circuit #114 results ft. Smug, Coach Steve, Shine and more Updated: Results and a stream archive have been added to the story.

Next Level Battle Circuit #114 is now live, coming to you streamed from The Next Level in Brrooklyn, New York.

The game being played tonight is Ultra Street Fighter 4. Right now the players in attendance are still playing some casual matches, but the main tournament itself will begin in less than an hour's time.

You can see who's taking part tonight in the brackets over here The Next Level Challonge site. Results for last week's tournament are over here.

Wednesday Night Fights 2015 1.6 results stream feat. Brentiscool, JCVD, Jarun and more

Wednesday Night Fights 2015 1.6 results stream feat. Brentiscool, JCVD, Jarun and more Updated: Results and a stream archive have been added to the story.

Wednesday Night Fights returns tonight with another installment in their 2015 season. This time around, the WNF crew is operating their event entirely online on PC.

Every Tuesday, WNF will hold a qualifier that will narrow down the tournament to the top 16 players. On the following Wednesday, those players will battle it out for the #1 spot, which is what we can expect to see tonight.

Of course, the game of choice here is Ultra Street Fighter 4.

You can find the brackets on Challonge, so be sure to follow along with all the action as the tournament goes along. You can also check out last week's results here.

Hit the jump to view the live stream.

Watch the EventHubs staff in action as we take on Brolylegs, Integra and XSK Samurai in the Pandagon!

Update: Stream archive has been added to this story.

We bring you news on fighting games day in and day out, but have you ever wanted to see us actually playing them?

Tonight on Ultra Fight Night, our staff will be involved in all three of the exhibitions!

EventHubs creator Jonathan "Catalyst" Grey will be taking on Integra and his vicious Ken. Our head editor Steven "DreamKing" Chavez will be taking on PxG regular Brolylegs.

Finally I, a lowly editor, will be playing against XSK|Samurai to close out the night. Each of these exhibitions will be settled in first to seven sets.

I've gone around asking for each player's thoughts on their upcoming match:

DreamKing: "Broly is a very strong competitor and uses two characters that are my Achilles heel. Well... heels. We've played in the past and I've managed to steal a few victories. All I want to do is hit him with Dudley combos..."

Broly: "He's about to see a real Chun-li in action. Good luck to him though."

Catalyst: "I've beaten Integra online before a few days ago, so this runback should be interesting. Not sure if I caught him off guard and he's going to body me, or if I'm in a strong spot to win this."

Integra: "Lol."

Samurai: "I am excited to play a very strong Gouken!"

Here is tonight's fight card:


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It all gets started at 6pm PT. Hit the jump to see the stream!

Bracket Reset #12 results ft. Problem X, Andreas, Hurricane237, Isam, Flawless Deku, RMZ, Boss Don Deku Tree, Packz, Damascus and more

Bracket Reset #12 results ft. Problem X, Andreas, Hurricane237, Isam, Flawless Deku, RMZ, Boss Don Deku Tree, Packz, Damascus and more Update: This story has been updated with results.

It's that time of the week again - time for another installment of UK's main weekly, Bracket Reset.

As usual, Ultra Street Fighter 4 is on the menu, and you can expect to see the talent of CG|Problem X, WSO|Andreas, BTM|Hurricane237, UM|Isam, Flawless Deku, UM|RMZ, Boss Don Deku Tree, Packz, GxC|Damascus and more being put on display tonight.

Hit the jump for the live stream.

Tokido, Infiltration, Valmaster, Mago, and more to battle in USF4 exhibitions at Meltdown Paris - watch the live stream here

A series of Ultra Street Fighter 4 exhibition matches is set to take place today at Meltdown Paris.

The stream is currently live, and the action is set to kick off in about 35 minutes (from the time this article was written).

Below is the line up of matches.

MCZ|Mago vs. CDV|Cuongster
MCZTokido vs. Gagapa
Infiltration vs. GL|Valmaster

Hit the jump to check out the live stream.

Santarou picks Evil Ryu, and Kichijoji ken goes with... regular Ryu? Dashio comes on and plays... Rufus instead of Seth? Ft10 sets from Yubiken

On the previous Yubiken stream (2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month), YBK|Kichijoji Ken and YBK|Santarou ran a first-to-10 set that was very different from their usual sets.

Instead of picking Ken and Sagat, the characters that Kichijoji Ken and Santarou are respectively known for, they had picked Ryu (Kichijoji) and Evil Ryu (Santarou).

And that's not all -- special guest YBK|Dashio also did a first-to-10 with Kichiken. Except, in this set, Dashio had been playing Rufus instead of Seth. Even though Seth is considered by quite a number of top players to be a top 5 character in the game now.

What is going on? Is it topsy-turvy day?

We asked YBK|Kim1234 for some answers. Check out his response and the two first-to-10 sets below

Xian is quitting his day job, closing down Tough Cookie, to go be a traveling world warrior - exclusive EventHubs interview

When RZR|Xian defeated EG|Momochi in the grand finals at Final Round 18, the first premier event in the Capcom Pro Tour, being the worrywart that I am, the first thought that popped into my head immediately was "oh, no, now that he has qualified into Capcom Cup 2015, does this mean he's going to be traveling out to much fewer tournaments from now on?"

As it turns out, I had been worrying for nothing. If anything, his win at Final Round 18 has only made RZR|Xian hunger for more. To the point that he has made up his mind and decided on leaving his day job -- running Tough Cookie Gaming Cafe, as its proprietor -- shutting it down and terminating the lease at his own expense, just so he can travel out to more tournaments.

In this EventHubs interview, RZR|Xian tells us why he's making such a drastic decision, and other big questions you may have if you've been a fan of his who's been tuning in to his Razer Xian's Academy weekly live streams (which are broadcast from the soon-to-be-closed shop).

He also shares with us some afterthoughts on a couple of the matches he had at Final Round -- vs. EG|Momochi, and RZR|Fuudo.

'Hugo is top tier... Man! He's top tier!' - 30 Things Online Player NEVER Say: A new skit by Ernesto Lopez Jr.

Last time we posted a skit by Ernesto Lopez Jr., he covered 40 things that all online players say -- and damn, were they accurate.

This time, however, Ernesto took a different approach. Today, he shares with us a skit that features 30 things you'll never hear an online player mutter.

"That wake up Ultra was really smart!" Yeah... no. No one has ever said that.

Anyway, be sure to check out the new skit below, and let us know which of these sayings was your favorite.

'I don't think that Japan is necessarily the strongest' - Tonpy talks C. Viper, Street Fighter 5, arcade culture, difficulties of traveling and more

Please note: This interview was originally conducted in Japanese, and subsequently translated by myself, EventHubs' very own MajinTenshinhan.

Just a few weeks ago, Cannes Winter Clash wrapped up, and a whole plethora of talented players attended the event.

Thankfully, I was at the event representing our site, and managed to grab many interviews with players, which we will be publishing daily for about the next two weeks.

Today, one of Japan's strongest C. Viper-players joins us and talks about reasons for picking his character, Street Fighter 5, why Japanese players don't travel much and more.

MajinTenshinhan: You've been playing Street Fighter 4 for a long time. Did you always play C. Viper?

Tonpy: No, at first I was using Ryu. But, I didn't win much with him, so...

MajinTenshinhan: I see. Why did you start using C. Viper, and are still using her today?

Tonpy: I started using C. Viper because... Well, when I first started, I hadn't really played much of Street Fighter 2, so when picking Ryu, I didn't really understand the proper way to use fireballs, and I thought "Well, if I'm going to start with this new game anyway, why not start with a brand new character as well?".

So I saw this character, a woman with a weird name and a weird hairstyle, and at first I kind of picked her as a joke. But once I started using her, she felt a lot better in my hands than I'd expected. As for why I'm still using her, it's because she requires a lot of technique, like super jump cancels, in her gameplay, things that not everybody can do, which gives me motivation to continue playing her.

Hit the jump for the rest of the interview.

Daigo? Snake Eyez? Nemo? Xian? Who do you think will win the Red Bull Kumite this weekend?

This weekend, we'll see some incredible fighting game action in Paris, France, as the Red Bull Kumite is set to pit 16 of the best players around against each other in an Ultra Street Fighter 4 competition.

14 of these warriors have already been decided via invitation, and the final two will be determined by way of a qualifying tournament on the day of the event, before the kumite begins. Players like MCZ|Daigo, BE|Nemo, RZR|Xian, Snake Eyez, and more are going to be participating this weekend, and with such great talent in attendance there is only one thing left to ask: Who is going to win?

We want to know who you, our readers, feel will take home the gold this weekend, so we created a poll for you to cast your votes. You'll find all 14 of the invited players listed in our poll, along with another option that you can select if you feel that one of the qualifying players will win it all.

Hit the jump to cast your votes, and sound off in the comments below telling why you feel that player will end up victorious.

'Europe and the U.S. are even right now, thanks to the U.S. getting better' - Dieminion talks SF5, coast rivalries, character specialists and more

Just a few weeks ago, Cannes Winter Clash wrapped up, and a whole plethora of talented players attended the event.

Thankfully, I was at the event representing our site, and managed to grab many interviews with players, which we will be publishing daily for about the next two weeks.

Today, one of America's East Coast protectors, Dieminion, talks about Street Fighter 5, single-character specialists vs. multi-character specialists, West Coast vs. East coast and much more. You can find a snippet below.

MajinTenshinhan: Do you think that the increased prize money in the Capcom Pro Tour will light a fire under U.S. players?

Dieminion: It should. If it doesn't, then I guess there's really no point in playing, because... This is what we've been waiting for, right? We've got the prize money now, no more excuses. I mean, yeah, we've been playing for more than 10 years, there hasn't really been much reward or return on... I wouldn't really call it an investment, but you know what I mean. 10 years is obviously a lot of time. So, now, we're still young enough to play, to compete... Now, we just need to do what we've been doing this whole time. Just do it a little bit harder.

Hit the jump for the rest of the interview.

GamerBee and Kelvin Jeon buzz Mike Ross on this week's Capcom Pro Talk, streaming live now

Today's episode of Capcom Pro Talk kicks off at 7 p.m. PDT, and AverMedia's GamerBee and Kelvin Jeon will be joining Mike Ross.

Topics will center around Final Round, the NorCal Regionals and Capcom Cup predictions.

Also, Mike Ross and GamerBee will face off to decide who's the best.

Hit the jump to check out the live stream.

Perfects, Sagat's fireball into U1, and legit Thunderbolt setups: Watch Smug battle Bonchan, Tokido, and Mago in these USF4 FT5 sets

During Final Round 18 weekend, the best Dudley in the US, PIE|Smug, ran a number of FT5 sets against players attending the event.

Luckily, Joshua Taylor managed to record some of these exciting bouts. Among those filmed we have sets featuring Bonchan (Sagat), MCZ|Mago (Yang), and MCZ|Tokido (Akuma).

There are some great moments here, including Bonchan's sick cr. MK, fireball, FADC, U1 confirm, Smug's Thunderbolt setups, and much more. Although the footage here is shaky-cam, you can still catch all of the action.

Check out the matches after the jump.

Sabin takes out Momochi using Dhalsim, Snake Eyez switches to Evil Ryu to defeat Bonchan: Top 5 USF4 moments from Final Round 18

Final Round 18 has come and gone, and the first Premiere event on the 2015 Capcom Pro Tour was absolutely packed with incredible moments, upsets, hype, and most anything else you'd imagine.

If you were unable to catch all of the action, and don't really have the time to sit through three days of tournament footage, today is your lucky day. A compilation featuring the top 5 moments from Final Round 18's Ultra Street Fighter 4 competition was drummed up by none other than the folks who streamed the action this past weekend -- Capcom Fighters.

Now you can relive (or witness for the first time) moments such as TS|Sabin defeating EG|Momochi using Dhalsim, Snake Eyez bringing out a devastating Evil Ryu to take out Bonchan's Sagat, and more.

Hit the jump to check out the top 5 Ultra Street Fighter 4 moments from Final Round 18.


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