MarkMan: 'No one else comes close' to Mike Ross in terms of who should be sponsored in the FGC

Posted by Jonathan 'Catalyst' Grey • January 28, 2014 at 9:54 p.m. PST

Mad Catz's Mark "MarkMan" Julio knows a thing or two about sponsoring players in the fighting game community.

Through his time with Mad Catz, they've sponsored hundreds of tournaments and an a tremendous amount of players.

Of all of the unsponsored players out there though, MarkMan feels one stands well above the rest, Mike Ross.

While Ross isn't regarded as the best overall player around in fighting games, and his skills are highly respected by many — MarkMan cited different attributes in regards to why he stood out from the crowd.

"He is a great brand ambassador, can speak intelligently and carries himself well," said Julio.

Hit the jump for a bit more.

This may or may not come as a surprise to people who follow the FGC, as it's not uncommon to hear opinions expressed that sponsorships should be purely based on a player's skills, but MarkMan let it be known, at least in his eyes, that there are other things that are very important as well.

Here's MarkMan's entire response from an thread.

If you could pick any 5 currently active unsponsored to sponsor, who would they be?

MarkMan: Number one would be Mike Ross. No one else comes close in my opinion. He is a great brand ambassador, can speak intelligently and carries himself well. There's a reason why he's the people's champion.

Note that this question was asked, and answered, six months ago.

Source:, image from Jason24cf.

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