Virgin Gaming adds Mortal Kombat 9 to their online money match service - compete for cash on consoles

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • February 27, 2014 at 12:17 p.m. PST

Earlier this month, Virgin Gaming unveiled a new online service that allows Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition v2012 players to compete in money matches for real cash.

Today, it has been announced that Mortal Kombat 9 players will now be able to get in on the action. Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 users can now compete online in head-to-head or league bouts, challenge opponents, and more.

Players must create an account over on Virgin Gaming (it's free) before getting started. Once registered, you can begin looking for opponents to challenge.

There's more information on Virgin Gaming's site, so be sure to check it out if you'd like to begin betting hard cash on your matches.

Via Virgin Gaming's Twitter.


DrDucker said on February 27, 2014 at 12:21 p.m.

Would have expected UMvC3 before MK9

umad said on February 27, 2014 at 12:24 p.m.

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ibukkeke said on February 27, 2014 at 12:34 p.m.

online ae >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> online mk9

Super_Shoto_Fighter_4 said on February 27, 2014 at 12:39 p.m.

I was thinking that too.

alfarin said on February 27, 2014 at 1 p.m.

But MK9 has god awful netcode....

Would have rather had Injustice instead of MK9 as a Netherrealm game representative

Otter_of_Death said on February 27, 2014 at 1:02 p.m.

Even as a hardcore MK9 player, I wouldn't risk a single dollar on that netcode. Competive MK is all about strong mid-range play, and jab anti-airing online (though possible) is a giant pain online.

Dragonken said on February 27, 2014 at 1:17 p.m.

If hope they will add TTT2 too in the future. However, adding MK is a pretty questionable decision.

Aye_Matt said on February 27, 2014 at 1:20 p.m.

Love MK9. But the online..... nah. Not for money atleast.

mrambitious said on February 27, 2014 at 2:01 p.m.

Im guessing they are trying to intrigue as many FGC members as they can to participate, without any knowledge of fighters in the least. When you ask a non-gamer or even some non-fgc gamers what fighting games they've played, guarantee the answer is always either a SF title or a MK title. Maybe if they are around 25, you might hear Primal Rage or Clay Fighters, but 9/10 times its SF or MK. So these guys blindly instated the most recent MK and recent SF as the games people would most likely play for money. By doing even minimal research, these idiots would realize money matches are popular amongst Mahvel players and MK is dead.

Gladspencer said on February 27, 2014 at 2:24 p.m.

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Kalyx_triaD said on February 27, 2014 at 2:30 p.m.

- This is a bad idea. Unlike poker, online fighting games are simply not at a place where the netcode can consistently satisfy the usually fast gameplay. Sure we celebrate TTT2, SCV, and SFxT netcode - but only compared to their peers. I still wouldn't trust SCV's great netcode enough to put money on the line. And ironically, the fighters with the best netcode aren't even on the table anyway!

- I wonder how they got around the still ambiguous line concerning online gambling. Eventually, there's gonna be a discussion.

- Virgin seems to be sneaking into whatever mainstream thing they know about fighting games and money matches. This all seems like a layman's effort into the business, going with mainstream fighters (unbeknownst to them having the weaker netcode of today's offerings).

valkerionseven said on February 27, 2014 at 2:32 p.m.

Probably a "looking at sales numbers" decision because no one informed would approve of this lol.

Should have been Injustice if anything netherrealm was chosen

Otter_of_Death said on February 27, 2014 at 3:16 p.m.

Injustice may be a better choice because it's the more active game, but the netcode is only slightly better. I would argue the online is worse than MK9 because it's way harder to punish jump-ins in Injustice. There's nothing in MK that compares to Arrow's jump+3.

HooliganComboFTW said on February 27, 2014 at 3:17 p.m.

Brilliant decision. Next pick will probably be KoF XIII on consoles at this rate.

EKSR said on February 27, 2014 at 3:37 p.m.

Mortal "DESYNCH" Kombat

nebbiez said on February 27, 2014 at 3:46 p.m.

Although it's similar to gambling, I'm not sure if money matching technically (or rather legally) constitutes as gambling. Nobody else can bet on the outcome and I believe all forms of gambling have to involve at least a certain degree of random chance. Like roulette or the lottery for example are totally random and the player has no control whatsoever over the outcome. However card games like blackjack and poker certainly have player skill elements to them, but the fact you are always using a randomly shuffled deck of cards means there is always a degree of random chance. I saw a documentary on professional poker players before and apparently even they only win like 20% of the time. So it's more luck than just skill. But setting a fixed wager on yourself in a winner takes all scenario when playing a game that is based entirely upon your own personal performance rather than random chance...I think that may fit into some kind of legal loophole whereby it's not technically considered gambling. But I'm not a lawyer, so I merely speculate...

Kalyx_triaD said on February 27, 2014 at 4 p.m.

Interesting. Is there any precedent for such a thing? I imagine boxers don't bet on themselves before a match (actually sounds kinda strange).

It seems like new territory in the online scene which is why this is something that will become a debate down the road.

Mr2Good said on February 27, 2014 at 4:52 p.m.

Rather have it there then not having it at all. It can't hurt anything.

Kalyx_triaD said on February 27, 2014 at 5:03 p.m.

Somebody's gonna lose money, lots of it, and attempt to sue the game devs over it. It's an utterly American gamer eventuality.

Smorgasboard said on February 27, 2014 at 9:47 p.m.

They have sports game already which has a player base that would dwarf the fgc. If they were going to run into any legal problems, they would have done so already. Adding fighting games isn't going to affect much.

Anyway, what makes you all think that it wasn't NRS that approached virgin gaming. Monkey see monkey do after all. Also, any marvel or DC game would require licence which I doubt they would grant. Definitely, not Disney.

flairinmike said on February 28, 2014 at 1:10 a.m.

Mk9's netcode is really gonna separate the men from the boys with this. Either that or the sensible from the insanely rich who have nothing better to do with their cash except throw it away on a game that should never be played online anyway.


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