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From the latest Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite trailer, how on Earth will we fight that giant symbiote monster?

We recently saw the latest Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite trailer. During this, we saw what remained of the character roster at launch.

In addition to this, there were a number of story themes revealed. Not only will the main characters face off against evil villains of both universes, but there will also be skirmishes between the heroes.

However, the topic I want to look at today involves the giant symbiote monster that was unleashed on the city stage. This was likely New Metro City, a fusion of New York and Metro City.

It is worth noting that this symbiote's type resembles Venom rather than Carnage. We even get a glimpse of symbiote infested Spiderman, who likely becomes an enemy that must be defeated at that point.

So it begs the question: how are we as the players going to fight this thing? A battle involving this type of creature doesn't necessarily have to use conventional fighting game mechanics.

There are a few possibilities that we can speculate on.

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Don't miss out on the Capcom Steam sale this weekend - up to 80% off

Capcom is having a special sale this weekend. It will last until August 21st (ends on Monday).

As you might expect, many of Capcom's fighting games are present in this sale. Games can be up to 80% off their normal price.

Being that Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite doesn't release until September 19, this is not a game that is on sale. You'll still be able to pre-order the game at full price.

Street Fighter 5 is listed as being 50% off. This brings its price to $19.99.

Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is also benefiting from the sale. Being that it is 40% off, its price drops to $14.99.

Meanwhile, Ultra Street Fighter 4 is 75% leaving it at $7.49. You can even purchase Street Fighter X Tekken with 80% of its price taken off, making it purchasable at $5.99.

Of course, there are also non-fighting games are sale if you are interested in those as well. Check them out here if you are interested.

Here are some of our favorite cosplay photos from this year so far

2017 has been quite a year for cosplay. While the year isn't over yet, we wanted to take the time to admire some of our favorite featured cosplay so far.

Since this is a recap of the cosplay, you can expect a lot of variety here. Characters featured include Harley Quinn, Mileena, Jason Vorhees, Leatherface, Ibuki, Zero Suit Samus, Supergirl, Sakura, and more.

Those that are in costume include Ireland Reid, Lis Lou Who, Tali XOXO, and Raining Neon -- just to name a few. Of course, we also have to mention a few of the photographers like Jason DeSomer, Eddie Flores, and Cliff Sun.

We even have a few images of Ladybeard cross dressing as Cammy and Chun-Li added into the gallery.

We'll still be keeping an eye out for more cosplaying of some of our favorite fighting game characters. Check them out.

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Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite to have 'Beginner's League' specifically for lower ranked players

Earlier this week, a new story mode trailer for Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite dropped. Along with this new footage, we were given more information on the game's modes at launch via a press release.

Among tried and true facets like Arcade and Story mode, we have the Beginner's League. This online feature is set aside for players of lower rank to do battle against each other.

Since back in the Street Fighter 4 days, Capcom's online ranked modes for fighting games have been an interesting battleground. The general idea here is that players face opponents from all over the world in pursuit of points. The more points you get, the higher rank you will obtain and the lower your points, the lower your rank will drop.

One thing that most online players have probably experienced by now is being matched up with someone way outside of their rank. Whether you're the higher or lower ranked player in this situation, the difference in points earned for winning is substantial.

For example, in a game like Street Fighter 5 a Diamond ranked player could defeat a Platinum player and earn five to ten League Points. Losing, however, results in a decrease of 100 LP or more.

While we don't know for sure, this could certainly be a reason behind the implementation of Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite's Beginner's League.

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New Street Fighter 5 'Bomb Challenge' explodes in popularity, here are some of the most creative submissions we've seen so far

Just yesterday, we here at EventHubs learned of a new challenge issued by King Buffalo. The "Street Fighter 5 Bomb Challenge" asks fans to juggle Ibuki's V-Trigger bomb in the most stylish way they can come up with.

The stipulations are as follows: Start the juggle with a light attack, do not use the same attack more than twice, and do not get hit. The FGC wasted no time in getting their submissions posted on social media.

It's been a little over 24 hours since the challenge first went live on Twitter, and already we're seeing numerous clips featuring different characters and sequences.

Today we have rounded up several Bomb Challenge submissions for you to enjoy.

If you'd like to post your own, be sure to use the hashtag "#SFVBombChallenge" on Twitter.

We kick off with two juggles from nod: one using Zangief and the other Juri.


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The world's top tracker of TV ratings enters the eSports space, Nielsen announces new competitive gaming division

Nielsen is the leading global provider of information and analytics around what consumers watch and buy. Known as the standard for TV ratings, Nielsen has worked with major companies such as AT&T, Google, Walmart, Coca-Cola, and more to gather extensive data from over 100 countries and provide the most complete view of trends and habits worldwide.

The company is now entering the eSports scene. A new division called Nielsen Esports has been established and will focus on providing research and consulting to the industry.

This isn't an entirely new venture, as Nielsen already has a faction that tracks gaming. Vice President of said faction, Nicole Pike, explained that the new division is a response to growing interest from the firm’s gaming clients, Tech Crunch reports.

To gather this new eSports data, Nielsen is looking to their previous work monitoring sports sponsorships for inspiration.

Nielsen Esports has put together an advisory board consisting of representatives from ESL, ESPN, Facebook, FIFA, Major League Gaming/Activision Blizzard, NBA 2K League, The Next Level, Sony PlayStation, Turner, Twitch, Twitter, Unilever, and Google/YouTube. Based on some of the aforementioned companies involved, we can't help but wonder if fighting games will also be a part of the work this new division produces.

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2GGC: SCR Saga live stream ft. ZeRo, MKLeo, Nairo, Ally, CaptainZack, Larry Lurr, Mr. R, Komorikiri, Abadango, Salem, Tweek, VoiD, Kameme and more

Another 2GGC event is upon us, and iwth it comes some truly high level Super Smash Bros. Wii U action.

This time, though, things are a tad bit different. In conjunction with the Level Up Live crew, this entry, entitled SCR Saga, will also feature Tekken 7, Street Fighter 5, Injustice 2 and Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2.

So even if Super Smash Bros. isn't your series of choice, there'll hopefully be games of interest being played at this event.

With Super Smash Bros. Wii U being the main attraction, though, most of the notable names showing up are from that game, with over 300 entrants in Singles.

Noteworthy playersx expected to attend are TSM|ZeRo, FOX|MKLeo, NRG|Nairo, C9|Ally, P1|CaptainZack, MSF|Larry Lurr, BC|Mr. R, 2GG|Komorikiri, LG|Abadango, MVG|Salem, P1|Tweek, CLG|VoiD, DNG|Kameme, YP|Fatality, IMT|ANTi, Locus, Samsora and many more.

Streaming is being handled by 2G Gaming, LevelUp Live and ESA Smash.

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A closer look at some of the awesome outfits and colors Laura has in Street Fighter 5

The CFN website recently saw an update which added frame data, player statistics, and more to the already handy resource. Also included there are images of most of the colors and costumes in the game.

Today, we're taking a look at the various alternate looks Laura can sport, and there are quite a few of them. Featured here you'll find images of all of the costumes and colors available on the CFN site.

Her story and battle costumes are shown here, as well her new sporty outfit. We see that some are missing though, such as her Christmas costume.

To compensate, though, Capcom included all of her EX colors for Laura's default costume, including the EX1 color that was only available in the Japanese Street Fighter 5 Valuable Edition/Volcanic Edition.

Last time, we took a look back at Ibuki's colors and costumes. Hit the link to check them out.

Click each image below for a spread of different colors. We've grouped multiple colors into each image for ease of use, so hopefully you find these useful.

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Footage of Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite's new stages

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite received a new story mode trailer earlier this week that featured a look at some new characters and stages. These fresh backdrops were only really shown in a story setting, but today we have actual gameplay of them.

Maximilian recently uploaded footage featuring two full Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite matches. These bouts are played on New Metro City and Dark Kingdom, two of the game's newly revealed stages.

Looking into the background of New Metro City, we see city signs related to Haggar and Spider-Man. Additionally, we see a billboard with Iron Fist on it. Though he was playable back in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, he is not currently on MvCI's roster.

Dark Kingdom is the stage we see Jedah on in the new trailer. We see what appears to be a heart encased in a symbiote at the center of the backdrop, however, it is unclear what that might be at this time.

Both of these stages look great, which is refreshing considering the criticism fans were sharing when the first couple of backdrops were showcased.

In the video, Maximilian makes note of MvCI's final Infinity Stone: Soul. According to him, we'll be seeing it in action sometime next week.

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Buenos Aires True Salt live stream ft. Justin Wong, KaneBlueRiver, Brolynho, Dark Jiewa, Misterio, Flash, Dark, Picoro, Moise and more

The Latin American portion of the Capcom Pro Tour is far from over yet.

This weekend, the aptly named Buenos Aires True Salt is taking place in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Although Street Fighter 5 is the main game, being part of the Capcom Pro Tour and all, the event will also feature King of Fighters 14, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Tekken 7 and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.

Players expected to attend include, but are not limited to, FOX|Justin Wong, BE|KaneBlueRiver, F3|Brolynho, PandaTV|Dark Jiewa, DM|Misterio, GGL|Flash, Umbrella|Dark, TSD|Picoro and F2G|Moise.

Streaming is being done at UAFG and Argentos Assemble.

We have yet to find a proper schedule for the event, so we advise viewers to simply tune in and stay tuned.

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Pokkén Tournament World Championship 2017 live stream ft. Tonosama, Suicune Master, Thulius, Rasenryu and more

This weekend, Pokkén Tournament is getting some serious action happening.

The Pokémon World Championships take place today, and Pokkén Tournament is part of it.

Players from across the world have qualified for this event, so various nationalities are represented in the final bracket.

You can expect to see top level talent such as Tonosama, Suicune Master, Thulius, Rasenryu and several more fight it out in this top 16 championship bracket.

The prize pool is $20,000, so you can bet each competitor is hungry for a bigger piece of that pie.

Streaming is being done at Pokkén Tournament.

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Capcom Pro Tour Online Asia Three results ft. Xian, Marn, MindRPG, Chuan

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

There's more action in the online portion of the Capcom Pro Tour going down this weekend.

The third Asian qualifier is open to participants from Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Players you can expect to see partake include RZR|Xian, RISE|Marn, TJ|MindRPG, FV|Chuan and many, many more.

Although RZR|Xian already looks pretty locked in for a spot at Capcom Cup, participating in more events is always the best option to secure it.

As has become customary with the online CPT events, only top 8 will be streamed, so make sure to tune in right away to not miss any of the action.

Streaming is being handled by Capcom Fighters.

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Poongko's freeze style, Kichipa's brilliant flex, Daigo's thousand Flash Kicks... Capcom counts down their top five plays of Japan Cup

Japan Cup featured a ridiculous roster of talent this year, and they all came together for an impressive explosion of top tier Street Fighter 5 gameplay.

Capcom Fighters has gone back through and grabbed some of their absolute favorite moments in the tournament, counting down the five best in a recent video.

With the likes of CYG|Daigo, AW|Nemo, GRPT|Haitani, and others of similar caliber, your expectations should be high.

Not to worry, they'll be met with crazy sequences such as Daigo's Flash Kick-happy spree, Nemo's crazy Urien mix ups and Haitani's solidly devastating play.

After you watch, please let us know which of these was your favorite moment, and what you think of Japanese SF5 community after having seen Japan Cup.

Here's a quick clip of Kichipa brilliantly escaping a deadly set up from GRPT|Fuudo:

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Heir 4 live stream ft. Armada, Leffen, S2J, Professor Pro, Trifasia, Overtriforce, Amsah, Android, Chillin, HomeMadeWaffles, Fuzzyness and more

This weekend, you can enjoy some high-level Super Smash Bros. Melee action at Heir 4, taking place in Nottinham, UK.

Although a few American players have flown out to partake, this event mainly features European players competing.

If you're not a fan of Super Smash Bros. Melee, then you're out of luck with this particular event since it's focusing squarely on it, with Singles, Doubles and International Crews events.

Players attending include Alliance|Armada, TSM|Leffen, Tempo|S2J, Professor Pro, Heir|Trifasia, vL|Overtriforce, Asterion|Amsah, Alliance|Android, Liquid|Chillin, HomeMadeWaffles, Revo|Fuzzyness, Vanity Angel and many more. It should be noted that Alliance|Armada is not participating in Singles, opting instead only for Doubles and Crews.

With almost 500 entrants partaking, there'll be a lot of matches to watch this weekend, so don't worry if you miss a few hours - there'll definitely be more to come.

Streaming is being done at Big Good Gaming.

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Is Android 16 the main antagonist of Dragon Ball FighterZ's story? Why this is interesting considering his backstory

It was revealed recently that Dragon Ball FighterZ's "What If" story mode was to feature Android 16 going after the heroes of the Dragon Ball franchise. If that means that Android 16 is to be the main antagonist of the story, then that is certainly a very unique direction.

Android 16 is, in a lot of ways, an anomaly. Since his first appearance, you could tell there was something very different about this character compared to most antagonists.

To be honest, it's kind of hard to even label him as an antagonist in the first place. The writers made great strides to show that he loved nature and life, yet he was determined to kill Goku.

Despite this, he's never fought against any of the good guys in the official canon. He never even had a fight with Goku despite having the opportunity to do so -- in other words, he completely ignored his programming.

At times, Android 17 would try to coerce him to fight, but he stated that he refused to battle anyone other than his one intended target. And yet... he ended up fighting against Cell, another of Dr. Gero's androids.

This was a character that had no tolerance for evil beings like Cell. Despite Goku not fitting this bill, his only conversation with him was noticeably disdainful.

So what was the deal with this character? There's a lot to talk about with him.

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Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite demo combo video one month before release

We are now roughly one month away from the release of Marvel vs. Capcom; Infinite. It will be releasing on September 19, 2017 for the Americas and Europe, and September 21, 2017 for Japan for Microsoft Windows, the PlayStation 4, and the Xbox One.

While many of us are eagerly awaiting the finished product, some of us have made use of the Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite story demo in order to tide us over. To this day, it is still available to the public.

One such user is Kai Dojo. He's created a combo video that showcases him beating up on the NPCs with a variety of characters.

If you are wanting to get a head start, you might want to practice a few of these combos yourself. Even if you aren't particularly interested in any of the available characters, it could help give a feel of the mechanics.

The characters used are Nathan Rad Spencer, Mega Man X, Captain America, Thor, Captain Marvel, Rocket Raccoon, Chun-Li, and Dante. Combos make effective usage out of normals, specials, infinity stones, and hypers.

Just to get you started, here's a stylish Captain America combo with Mega Man X taking over at the end:


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'Pad boys, pad boys...' - The Stream Monster commentates Summer Jam 2017 using Twitch chat

The Stream Monster is back with another video that has him commentating by reading Twitch's chat logs. This time, he's commentating the Summer Jam 2017 Street Fighter 5 tournament.

In particular, most of the commentary is focused on PG|Punk's and Liquid|NuckleDu's grand finals set. It was an extremely close set that really came down to the wire.

As you might expect, the stream chat has been getting rather vicious, which is pretty typical. Since Punk has been coming in second place a lot, you probably won't be too surprised on the subject most of the people want to talk about.

Of course, the editing by The Stream Monster adds to the hilarity. Check it out.

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