Capcom explains pro tour rule change, feels Street Fighter 5 is going to be a huge milestone for fighting games

Posted by Jonathan 'Catalyst' Grey • July 5, 2015 at 8:01 p.m. PDT

Capcom explains pro tour rule change, feels Street Fighter 5 is going to be a huge milestone for fighting games

While we covered Street Fighter 5 extensively in our discussion with Capcom at E3 2015, I also wanted to get their thoughts on how the pro tour was playing out, including the rule change where 5th place finishers at premiere events wouldn't be awarded a spot in the Capcom Cup, if the 1st through 4th placers had already won automatic bids.


"The intention of premiere events is that you have to be a champion, or get a very notable placement. If you placed 5th, it won’t be an automatic spot," Capcom's Matt Dahlgren told us.

"We felt that was a good place to draw the line, because we would have to do some sort of playoff between the two 5th place finishers, which isn't the most exciting way of handling that situation," he added.

"I think a better approach is opening up a new spot for someone who was more consistent throughout the entirety of the tour."
We also asked about Street Fighter 5's inclusion in the pro tour next year, and what it would mean for our community.

"All of the successes the Capcom Pro Tour has had to date is on a game that's been out for several years," stated Dahlgren, referring to Street Fighter 4.

Capcom feels there will be a huge influx of new players once SF5 is released, plus they wanted a solid structure in place for the pro tour so they can layer in the new title.

"I believe Street Fighter 5 is going to be a huge milestone for our company, and for fighting games in general," said Dahlgren. "Next year's Capcom Pro Tour is going to be super hype."

I asked if they felt the current pro tour was living up to expectations.

"We're very, very pleased with the pro tour. This is our second season, and we've really kicked things up into high gear," Dahlgren said.

"Ever since we announced the half-million dollars in prize money, travel has gone through the roof, and the competition has been raised across the board," he noted.

"This is just the beginning of fun times that come in the future, but I feel like we're off to a good start," concluded Dahlgren.

There are additional plans for the pro tour as well, although Capcom wasn't able to unveil them just yet, we should be hearing what's in store this fall.

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