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What time does Street Fighter 5 start? Who's favored to win Melee? EventHubs has you covered with this spectator's guide to EVO 2016's main games

EVO 2016 is finally upon us. The largest fighting game event of the year kicks this Friday, and with five live streams, 9 main games, and thousands of players in attendance, one might be wondering how and where to find all of the action for their favorite titles.

Much like last year, we have put together a beginner's guide to EVO of sorts in hopes that we can make your viewing experience this weekend that much easier.

Contained in this story is information on all nine of the main games, where and when they are being streamed, and which players to look out for. Of course, there are a plethora of amazing players competing this weekend, but we chose a handful that we felt newcomers watching EVO for the first time might have fun looking out for.

There's a lot to get to, so be sure to check out our spectator's guide after the jump.

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'Monetization just to unlock something in the game isn't something we're thinking about' - Tekken 7 developers interview with Siliconera

Recently, Tekken 7 producer Katsuhiro Harada and designer Michael Murry sat for an interview with Siliconera, dropping details on what's planned for the upcoming fighter, and much more.

Tekken 7's current cast of characters is missing a few veteran characters that have appeared in most of the Tekken titles, notably the animal characters.

When asked about their inclusion, Harada expressed concerns about the goofier characters causing a bit of a divide in the player base.

"It’s very difficult. They were part of Tekken and we’ve seen when they’re not there we have a lot of fans who say those characters are what made Tekken interesting, we want to see them again." Harada says, before going on to state that there is a side of the player base that feel the animals just don't belong.

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'When did everyone become so knowledgeable about input lag? I'd be more concerned about your monitors at home' - Tekken game director Harada chimes in

A big talking point lately has been input lag in fighting games, and this discussion has been going on all across various franchises.

In a recent interview with GameSpot, Tekken's Katsuhiro Harada chimed in on the issue, in regards to the upcoming Tekken 7: Fated Retribution. When asked a question regarding input delay, Harada was very quick to respond, remarking the following:

Katsuhiro Harada: Since when did everyone become so knowledgeable about input lag? If everyone is so sensitive to this, of course you know exactly how many frames of input lag there were in past titles? I have a feeling many people are just prone to being swayed by popular catchwords.

I have a question for everyone. In the 90s, how many frames of input lag did Virtua Fighter have? How about Tekken?

Below, you can see more of what Harada had to say.

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FADC combos, Shoryu juggles and Super enders ... Wait, this is in Tekken?! Akuma combo video from Tekken 7: Fated Retribution released

With Tekken 7: Fated Retribution just having been released in arcades, eager Tekken fans have finally gotten some time with the game.

This has also resulted in a Akuma combo video being released by Game Studio CUBE Kouenji.

In this video, you can see clearly that Akuma has retained his classic Street Fighter style of movement, particularly focused on what he was like in Street Fighter 4, complete with FADCs and all the likes. Check out one of the combos which does over 60% damage right here.


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Check out the full combo video with loads more cool stuff right below.

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'I think SF players might try Tekken 7 for Akuma' - Tekken champ JDCR talks Tekken 7's lowered barrier of entry, Akuma's inclusion, arcades and more

Contrary to the other interviews posted before (and the ones that will be posted after) this one, our latest interview had no relation to DreamHack Summer 2016 at all.

In fact, South Korean Tekken champion JDCR was at Headstomper 2016, a tournament that took place in southern Sweden at the beginning of June this year, through which I managed to get the opportunity to interview him.

In this interview, JDCR talks about Namco-Bandai's aim to lower Tekken's barrier of entry, if the addition of Akuma will bring Street Fighter players into the Tekken scene, what the arcade scene means for the game and much more.

You can find a snippet below to get you started.

MajinTenshinhan: It's been said that Tekken 7 is the easiest Tekken game so far, while still maintaining a pretty solid level of difficulty the series is known for. Do you think lowering the barrier of entry will help more people start playing Tekken at a serious level?

JDCR: I definitely think so. Tekken has been a special fighting game since it's one of the few 3D games among fighting games, but at the same time there's always been a barrier for those who want to try and play it seriously, because most fighting games are in 2D, and most players are used to playing in 2D which is a lot easier.

There are also so many characters in Tekken, and each character has more than 100 moves each. It's natural for new players to feel that there's a big barrier preventing them from getting into Tekken. People prefer easy games because they want to win, and understand why they lost when they lose.

It seems like Namco understood this point as well, and they want to fix the problem. So, I believe it's a very good effort by Namco, and that people will like it.

Hit the jump for the rest of the interview.

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EVO beta brackets posted, Street Fighter 5 pools will run for 12 hours both Friday and Saturday

EVO tournament organizers have produced the beta brackets for the what looks to be 2016's biggest and baddest fighting game competition.

These aren't quite set in stone yet, as players are asked to review their individual brackets to see if they've been matched up against a player from their own region. After taking a look over your pool, there's a feedback option to allow you to voice any concerns.

We went ahead and grabbed the Street Fighter 5 brackets for RB|Daigo, RZR|Infiltration and Tokido:

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Street Fighter 5 nets record breaking 5,065 entrants at EVO 2016; here are the final registration numbers for each game

The largest fighting game event of the year, EVO 2016, is right around the corner. Players all over the world are preparing to do battle for top honors in the nine games on the tournament's main line up, not to mention side events.

With registration officially closing last night, the final entrant numbers have been released by EVO tournament organizer Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar.

This year's event has seen some of the highest numbers in the history of the fighting game community, with numerous records being broken. Looking at the final entrants for each game, we see that Street Fighter 5 has netted the most registrants, coming in at a whopping 5,065 competing players.

Other games such as Super Smash Bros. 4, Melee, and Pokken Tournament have all hit over 1,000 entrants, making this EVO one of, if not, the most stacked tournaments in the series we've ever seen.

You can check out the full breakdown below.

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FADC combos / pressure and a lot of DPs: Poongko's Akuma tries to avoid the puddle as he battles Aris in Tekken 7 Fated Retribution

At CEO 2016 this past weekend, the Bandai Namco team was in attendance showing off their latest fighter, Tekken 7 Fated Retribution.

Avoiding The Puddle's own -- and long-time Tekken enthusiast -- Aris went up against Secret|Poongko in a T7 exhibition set. As one would expect, Aris ran with Dragunov throughout the bout, while Poongko battled it out as game's Street Fighter guest character, Akuma.

In this match up, we get to see quite a bit more of what Akuma can do. Poongko does a great job of demonstrating some of the character's pressure and larger combos using FADC, and it looks like The Machine hasn't stopped throwing all of the uppercuts he can wherever he can.

Below is a quick clip to get you started.


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Is Poongko's Street Fighter experience enough to help him beat Aris in a Tekken 7 set? Hit the jump to find out.

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CEO 2016 results ft. Infiltration, ZeRo, Momochi, Tokido, SonicFox

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend might only have one major event going on, but it's a big one. A very, very big one. CEO 2016 is taking place, as always, in sunny Orlando, Florida, and there's a huge amount of players set to attend.

Games featured at this event will be Street Fighter 5, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Mortal Kombat X, Pokkén Tournament, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Tekken 7, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, Killer Instinct and Ultra Street Fighter 4 as well as exhibitions in Tekken 7: Fated Retribution and King of Fighters 14.

Players attending include RZR|Infiltration, TSM|ZeRo, EG|Momochi, Tokido, cR|SonicFox, Liquid|Hungrybox, EG|Justin Wong, Liquid|Nairo, Mago, MJS|Haitani, GGP|Kazunoko, FOX|Mew2King, Mr. R, BST|Daigo, CBZ|Nuki, Qanba|Xiao Hai, PxP|A Foxy Grampa, FOX|Julio, PG|Filipino Champ, PG|Plup, Tempo|Westballz, dT|DaBuz, cR|HoneyBee, Tempo|Axe, EG|K-Brad, PG|Esam, KaneBlueRiver, PG|MarlinPie, Chris Tatarian, cR|Dragon, Ally, Selfless|Lucky, CLG|SFAT, Liquid|NuckleDu, RSZ|Abadango, Marn, PG|RayRay, HM|Dogura, F3|Sleep, SPY|MacD, EG|PR Balrog, HM|Eita, Secret|Poongko, RN|Alex Myers, EG|Ricki Ortiz, Melty|Will2Pac, Brenttiscool, cR|WoundCowboy, COG|Wizzrobe, IFC Yipes, TS|Arturo Sanchez, RB|Snake Eyez, NVT|Flash Metroid, UA|Jan, PIE|Smug, MTL|Hayatei, PAG|PinkDiamond, pH|Nando Tovar, Circa|LPN, Hsien Chang, PandaTV|Dark Jiewa, YP|FilipinoMan, UA|Bass, Flux, Wolfkrone, WFX|801 Strider, F3|Alucard, GS|Gllty, LI Joe, Perilous|Packz, BJ Unchained, NOS|Tampa Bison, GnarlyFeats, TS|NerdJosh, DL|FourWude and many, many more.

Streaming is being handled by Capcom Fighters, CEO Gaming, VGBootCamp, MVG League, Pokkén Tournament, FunkyP, Villain904, Polarity GG and Tekken.

Hit the jump to check out the action in full.

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Super Smash Bros. 4 beats Street Fighter 5 for top spot by nearly 100 entrants; CEO 2016's final registration numbers

CEO 2016, the next stop on the Capcom Pro Tour, is taking place this weekend in Orlando, Florida. Some of the best players on the tournament scene today will undoubtedly be competing at this premier event, especially with another coveted Capcom Cup spot on the line.

The tournament's organizer, Alex Jebailey, recently took to Twitter to share the final registration numbers per game, and the turnout looks great.

What's most interesting about these numbers, though, is the fact that Street Fighter 5 -- one of, if not, the most popular game in the fighting game community -- didn't receive the most entrants this time around. Instead, Super Smash Bros. 4 takes top honors, beating Capcom's latest fighter by 82 registrants.

Jebailey notes that 60% of this year's entrants are first-timers to CEO.

To see how many players each game pulled in, be sure to hit the jump.

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Tokido's Akuma lands Street Fighter-style combos, whiff punishes, and clutch DPs against Nobi in this Tekken 7 Fated Retribution exhibition

During a recent Tekken 7 Fated Retribution broadcast over in Japan, famed Street Fighter player took on Tekken champion Nobi in a friendly exhibition.

Known best for his stellar Akuma play in the Street Fighter 4 series, Tokido took a shot at playing the street fighting guest character in the new Tekken title for this set. Despite Nobi's excellent Dragunov play, Tokido managed to pull off quite a few slick plays throughout the bout.

Below is a quick clip showing a Street Fighter-style set up, using crouching jab to bait a throw and immediately going into a heavier punch for a devastating combo.


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There's much more to see here, so be sure to check out the full set after the jump.

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First look at Arcade Mode; Heihachi squares off against Akuma - check out 11 minutes of Tekken 7's PC build

The E3 footage continues to roll out, this time offering a brief look at the current PC build of Tekken 7.

A first look at Tekken 7's arcade mode is offered, featuring gameplay from Kazuya and Alisa. You'll also a brief scene from the cinematic story featuring Heihachi facing off against Akuma.


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You can check out the full video for yourself after the jump.

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Harada - If Tekken 7 does extremely well...maybe there is a time later on to revisit Tekken X Street Fighter

Tekken x Street Fighter has pretty much been in limbo since it was announced back in 2010. Producer of the Tekken series, Katsuhiro Harada has been around to reassure us that the game has been in development since.

When he was asked about it on the E3 show floor this year, he spoke a bit more on why we've still yet to see a release.

Game Spot eventually asks Harada if he plans to revisit the idea of TxSF, to which he responds, "That's actually a very good question, because TxSF is not cancelled, it's kind of put on hold."

"Reasons are...right now SF5 just launched, Capcom is putting a tremendous effort into making that successful. On our side we released Tekken 7 in the arcade. It was even more popular than we imagined, and so we each have these two main franchises that we are trying to promote, and to have the players enjoy the moment."

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Exclusive look at Tekken 7 to broadcast live from E3 at 4:30 p.m. PDT

We learned today that Tekken 7 will be dropping early next year, and we'll be getting an exclusive look at the game in just a few minutes.

YouTube is live at E3, and we're hoping to see even more new content and announcements for the upcoming Bandai Namco title.

We've got the live stream embed for you right after the jump so that you can see what's in store for Tekken 7 right along with us.

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Tekken 7 gets early 2017 release on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC

Updated: We have just received word that Tekken 7 is also headed to PlayStation 4 and PC in early 2017. A new trailer for the game was released by Bandai Namco US and confirms the multi-platform release.

Also, a Steam pre-order listing is already live.

Earlier: Tekken 7 now has a release window. It was announced during the Xbox media briefing that the game will be hitting Xbox One consoles in early 2017.

The game will feature guest character Akuma, from Street Fighter, as well as new game mechanics and modes. Tekken Game Director Katsuhiro Harada took to the stage to share more information on the upcoming title and had this to say.

"Not only will Tekken 7 evolve as a competitive fighting game, there is an all new story mode, that transitions seamlessly from epic narrative cinematics to action filled gameplay," said Harada through a translator.

Additionally, Xbox Live Gold members will be getting a free copy of Tekken Tag Tournament 2 by way of backward compatibility, starting today.

You can check out the trailer below.

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