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Amazing LP fights Ryu in real-life, imagines what pay-to-win Street Fighter would be like

You've already seen the Amazing LP take on numerous The King of Fighters characters in a fight in real-life.

Now watch him go up against Ryu from Street Fighter. The previous time he was able to take on about a dozen different KOF characters. Since he's that formidable, surely he'd have no problem knocking Ryu out, right?

There's just one problem here: this isn't regular Street Fighter that the Amazing LP is playing. It's a version of Street Fighter from a parallel universe -- a universe in which Capcom has made the series pay-to-win.

How will the fight go? Find out in the special effects video below.

GamerBee Kumite (Presented by AVerMedia) to take place right before Churning the Butter on April 2 in San Francisco

If you're planning on attending NorCal Regionals 2015 this coming weekend (April 3 to 5) in Sacramento, California, you may want to think about making a side trip down to San Francisco's Folsom Street Foundry on April 2, the eve of NCR.

As with the past couple of weeks, Showdowngg's weekly Ultra Street Fighter 4 series Churning The Butter will be happening at 8 p.m. Pacific Time at the Folsom Street Foundry this coming Thursday, April 2 -- but that's not all.

This week's edition of CTB will be prefaced by a GamerBee Kumite, presented by AVerMedia, where you can take on the Taiwanese pro gamer and win prizes just for participating. The GamerBee Kumite is scheduled to take place from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Pacific Time.

Even if you can't physically be there for the GamerBee Kumite, you can still participate by watching the stream and win prizes through contests on AVerMedia's social media channels.

Check out the full event specifics below:

Daigo picks Yun against Poongko's El Fuerte, Ryu - Is The Beast secretly preparing a Yun for Capcom Pro Tour this year?

"Yun now?" a bewildered Poongko exclaims as his Xbox Live Endless Lobby match against MCZ|Daigo was about to start.

This was the second casual game in a long set between the Korean and Japanese top players, streamed live on PoongkoTV on March 26. In the first game, Poongko had handily beat MCZ|Daigo's Evil Ryu with his El Fuerte two rounds to zero.

And now MCZ|Daigo decides to bring out his Yun, which we don't really get to see The Beast play a lot of these days.

As the casual set goes on, Daigo continues to keep picking Yun against Poongko (who decides to play Ryu against Daigo's Yun) -- is he trying to get his Yun up to snuff for the Capcom Pro Tour this year?

With $500,000 on the line, it wouldn't be surprising if he did.

While it's noble of character specialists to stick with a single fighter, knowing that the top names in competitive Street Fighter are actively (or secretly) preparing sub characters to surprise us (and their opponents) with, can only lead to more hype.

It remains to be seen if MCZ|Daigo would indeed be bringing out his Yun at certain matches in a real tournament. But for now, you can enjoy watching Daigo's Yun at work on the PoongkoTV stream archive embedded below.

Magic obviously works in Street Fighter; Let The Daigo (of Magic) show you on The Excellent Adventures of Gootecks & Mike Ross Ep. 58

There's a lot to look forward to in the latest episode of The Excellent Adventures of Gootecks & Mike Ross -- especially if you've come to like the antics of special guest Rob the Magician (also known as The Daigo of Magic... to his friends).

This time around, Rob has performed some very cool magic tricks on the show that will make you want to check the tapes.

Rob manages to astound Gootecks and Mike Ross. And he attempts to bring that success with him into the world of Street Fighter.

Mike Ross: Because magic obviously works in Street Fighter, right?

Rob: Yeah. *Awkward pause* On this side. So if I just pretend on this side, because I have control of what's on this side... then I should win.

Gootecks: Let the magic flow through you.

Will Rob the Magician manage to win? Or is he going to do a Phoenix ("I can't control it!") and run his magic run amok? Find out in The Excellent Adventures of Gootecks & Mike Ross ft. Rob the Magician! Ep. 58: No Tears, embedded below for your viewing pleasure.

Nemo and Infiltration have some crazy reactions while Bonchan and Tokido battle for master of rushdown in these Red Bull Kumite highlights

Yesterday was the Red Bull Kumite in Paris, France. We saw 16 top-level fighters go at it, literally in a cage.

Everyone seemed to be in tip top shape as we were impressed time and time again throughout the tournament. There were more than a handful of especially noteworthy moments, and we have a few of them for you today.

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The first moment is brought to you by Infiltration's Decapre. He faces off against BE|Nemo in a very intense losers finals set.

In an incredible confirmation, Infiltration proves that he's in the zone with this ultra combo.

Click image for animated version

Recall that Decapre's ultra is a charge move. Rolento was so low to the ground, he had to be just a few frames away from making the combo impossible.

Hit the jump to see Nemo's amazing presence of mind, as well as MCZ|Tokido's and Bonchan's relentless rush down.

EMP Hiro's patient, but explosive play takes out the likes of NuckleDu, John Choi and other online warriors in this impressive player spotlight

EMP|Hiro may be on the hottest streak of his Street Fighter career thus far.

We've seen him before at Next Level Battle Circuit in New York, but his latest tour de force at Final Round 18 saw him rise to a whole new level. He bested the likes of MCZ|Mago, RZR|Itabashi Zangief, and EG|Ricky Ortiz to reach top 8 in the exceptionally competitive tournament.

When he's not beasting at major tournaments, Hiro hones his skills online. We have the latest Olympic Gaming Spotlight wherein Hiro shows off both his Bison and his Chun-Li against some of the strongest online players.

We've heard it many times, "Bison isn't that good." Well, that just makes successful Bison players all the more impressive. Hit the jump and see Hiro's highlight reel.

Bonchan called Tokido a 'weakling' (lit. 'weak bug), not a 'coward'; Find out what Bonchan and Tokido actually said at Red Bull Kumite

One of the most entertaining things that we got to watch on the Red Bull Kumite stream today was MCZ|Tokido and Bonchan's back-and-forth thrash-talking.

The two Japanese players are practically colleagues, since they're both hosts or presenters on Topanga's weekly Web-streamed shows, and good friends in real life. So really they're just putting on a show here to keep you entertained, to bring the hype at Red Bull Kumite over to the next level.

But since only one of them -- MCZ|Tokido -- could comfortably make his comments in English, it was a little hard to understand the full extent of their back-and-forth when Bonchan's remarks, in Japanese, were not interpreted into English over the stream.

That's where we come in here over at EventHubs. We thoroughly enjoyed the exchange between the two Japanese players, and we want you to enjoy the full flavor of that exchange.

We've looked through the stream archive, and translated those exchanges for your enjoyment. So go grab some popcorn, settle down in your cosy armchair throne, and read on for MCZ|Tokido and Bonchan's comments fully translated.

Red Bull Kumite results ft. Daigo, Xian, Luffy, Infiltration, Fuudo, Bonchan, Snake Eyez, Dieminion, Nemo, Ryan Hart, Tokido, Valmaster and more

Update: This story has been updated with results, battle logs and a stream archive.

The much-anticipated Red Bull Kumite is upon us, and there are a load of high-level players gathered for this high stakes Ultra Street Fighter 4 event.

The 14 players who are invited to take part in the main event consist of MCZ|Daigo, RZR|Xian, MD|Luffy, Infiltration, RZR|Fuudo, Bonchan, Snake Eyez, Dieminion, BE|Nemo, Ryan Hart, MCZ|Tokido, GL|Valmaster, MCZ|Mago and CNB|ChuChu, but two more players will be joining these prestigious ranks through a qualifying tournament which will be taking place ahead of the main event, on the Red Bull stream.

In this tournament, the likes of CG|Problem X, BX3|Phenom, Gagapa, CDV|Cuongster, BX3|Veggey, LLL|Emersion, Renegad, Jehosan, LLL|MBR, RB|Kayane and Easyman are participating, so it's definitely not going to be a walk in the park. It's a 128-man bracket, and the 2 top placers will join the aforementioned 14 players to form the top 16 of the Red Bull Kumite.

What are you waiting for? Check out the stream after the jump.

Why did Bonchan use Ryu to counter-pick against Daigo, who he admits can play Ryu 'perfectly'? The key to his victory at Red Bull Kumite revealed

Shortly after Bonchan managed to beat MCZ|Daigo's Evil Ryu with his surprise counter-pick -- as Ryu -- at Red Bull Kumite, the event's French hosts did a brief interview with the Japanese player.

Although the short interview was interpreted back into French for the live audience and viewers on the main Red Bull Kumite event stream, Bonchan's responses were not interpreted into English for the benefit of everyone watching on the official Capcom Fighters Twitch channel. So here at EventHubs we thought we definitely should get that translated for you.

Just moments ago you managed to defeat MCZ|Daigo by picking Ryu against his Evil Ryu. Did you prepare a Ryu for the sole expressed purpose of fighting Daigo with it?

Balrog's EX Straight goes from +2 to +9 with perfect armor absorb - does this mean new potential for Boxer?

We have some interesting tech from Doopliss today in the form of perfect armor absorption.

What exactly is PAA? It seems as though you can actually negate the the stun animation for Balrog's EX Dash Punch. It occurs when your opponent hits you at the same time you hit them with your armored move.

Doopliss describes it in his video:

"My theory of what's happening: By absorbing a hit on the same frame you hit the opponent, you confuse the game into using the rules it normally uses for trades, where you only suffer the hitstop of the opponent's hit. EX Dash Punches have a lot of hitstop, so you get a lot of extra frame advantage when absorbing a light with this."

Though this may not be extremely practical, as it requires your opponent to trade with you, it does open up a few new possibilities for Boxer.

You can hit the jump and see exactly what we're talking about.

'I want to see someone good at both Smash and Street Fighter' - Abadango talks best characters in Smash Wii U, the game's future, SF4 plans 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, we have the Super Smash Bros. player with peculiar taste in characters who made a splash both at Apex 2015 and Cannes Winter Clash, Abadango, where he speaks on why Pac-Man, the strongest characters in Smash Wii U, his fighting game history, future plans and more.

MajinTenshinhan: To start us off, who do you think are the 10 best characters in Super Smash Bros. Wii U?

Abadango: Well, at the very top, we have Diddy Kong and Sheik. 3rd is Sonic. After that, it becomes more cluttered, and not exactly a straight up ranking order... I actually need to check quickly what characters are even in the game, since there are so many, haha.

Oh, Captain Falcon. Rosalina & Luma, Mario, Yoshi. That makes 7, huh? Okay, so 3 more.

Just for the record - Definitely not Pac-Man.

MajinTenshinhan: I'm sorry for asking such a difficult question...

Abadango: Haha, no, no, not at all, there are just so many characters!

MajinTenshinhan: What about Ness? I've seen a lot of people saying he might be top 5.

Abadango: Ness... Suffers a bit, because he feels like he has to wait for his opponents to make mistakes to get any kind of opportunity at all. He can't really start a strong offense on his own. He can't really get in without jumps, and his jumps aren't very fast...

Oh, yes, R.O.B.! And definitely Wario, Wario for sure. So... To make it 10, Fox, I think.

Hit the jump for the rest of the interview.

ChuChu over Snake, Tokido and Bonchan?! The people have spoken and the votes are in! See who you think will win the Red Bull Kumite

We recently ran a poll to see who EventHubs readers thought would win the upcoming Red Bull Kumite.

Amongst the players invited there were some obvious frontrunners. MCZ|Daigo, RZR|Xian, MD|Luffy were just a few of the killers on the list, but you guys took things in a somewhat surprising direction.

Some of the more traditional heavy hitters such as Ryan Hart, Snake Eyez and MCZ|Tokido are not as close to the top as usual.

This makes one ponder whether or not there may be something of a shift in power beginning to take place amongst the mid ranks of some of the top players.

The world of Street Fighter is enveloped in a cyclone of intensity right now with so many players striving to qualify for this year's Capcom Cup. It wouldn't be farfetched to think some contenders are going to be hitting the training room harder than usual and surpassing their previous superiors.

Hit the jump to see the results.

Latest episode of Capcom's The World Warriors dives into the history of everyone's favorite female ninja from Street Fighter 3

The world tournament in Street Fighter 4 might mean a chance to test personal strength for most fighters, but it holds an entirely different purpose for Ibuki, Capcom's female ninja added in Street Fighter 3.

Much like Dudley, don't expect a deep and intricate plot initially, though her background becomes more complicated and complex in Street Fighter 3. In the last canonical series, she is tasked with trying to get the "G file", a secret document detailing the creation of Twelve and Necro.

To find out more about Ibuki, check out episode 04 of Capcom's The World Warriors below.

Inspired by Final Round 18, UltraDavid tries his voice at radio commentary for Ultra Street Fighter 4

During Final Round 18, a technical difficulty during a particularly crucial match caused the video feed to drop. Because audio was still streaming, UltraDavid switched commentary styles from analysis to a mixture of play-by-play and analysis without missing a beat.

It resulted in him being praise by the stream chat and fighting game forums–and rightfully so. As someone who has listened to a lot of sports on the radio, it immediately reminded me of tuning into an Orlando Magic game during a long drive.

UltraDavid, also inspired by the moment, has just released a YouTube "video" of himself trying live, radio-style commentary. Despite a moment of falling behind during some very quick action, the Street Fighter commentator expertly paints a moving image that is both informative and exciting.

Check out the audio footage below, then let it be known if you think this is just an interesting experiment or something you'd like to see more of in the future.

'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.

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