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Tokido, Mago's Mad Catz sponsorship contracts expired in March; no word from peripheral maker yet on term renewals

Posted by Cheng Kai 'KarbyP' Sim • April 11, 2016 at 1:31 p.m. PDT • Comments: 40

Ever since Mad Catz's announcement earlier this year that they would be laying off 37% of their workforce, which includes former Community and Sponsorship Manager Mark "MarkMan" Julio, a lot of us in the fighting games community have been wondering about what's going to happen to the well-loved MCZ pro gamers -- MCZ|Daigo, MCZ|Tokido and MCZ|Mago.

That's been a burning question in the minds of the good folks over at Korea's Team Spiritzero as well. So after the Street Fighter 5 Crash team tournament in South Korea wrapped up, Spiritzero and gang sat the three members of Team Topanga down for a brief interview, in hopes of getting us some answers with regards to the complicated sponsor situation, and to learn a little more about the players' immediate plans.

It was a difficult topic to broach, to be sure, but Tokido and Mago clarified on the situation as best as they could. And as it turns out, at the present moment the two of them are technically no longer Mad Catz sponsored players, as their contracts had already expired in March.

Here's what the two had to say about the Mad Catz situation.
Team Spiritzero: Although this time you entered SF5 Crash as Team Topanga, is it alright if we ask you about what's going to happen between you and your sponsor Mad Catz?

Tokido: Well, I can really only speak for Mago and myself, but basically our sponsorship contracts with Mad Catz had already expired back in March.

The contract was for a one-year period, and we think at the moment they (the folks at Mad Catz) are probably still discussing over whether or not they are going to renew the contracts.

Team Spiritzero: Will you still continue to make appearances on Topanga, then?

Tokido: With regards to Topanga TV, if Toyota-san (the president of Topanga) would still have me on, I would definitely come on the show.

Team Spiritzero: What about you, Mago? Has your contract with Mad Catz expired as well?

Mago: Yes, that's correct. It's just like what Tokido said, the contractual period reached its conclusion in March. As to what we're going to do from here on out, I don't fully know yet. Maybe we'll get our contracts with Mad Catz renewed. Or maybe we'll part ways with them.

Team Spiritzero: Can the three of you (Mago, Tokido and EG|Momochi) share a little more about your plans for the immediate future?

Mago: I'll still be doing streams for a bit longer, I think. After all, Street Fighter 5 is a fairly new game that's just come out, and I think there are still a lot of people out there who are wondering about how they can improve, how to best enjoy the game. I feel like there's still quite a bit of knowledge I'd like to be able to impart to these people.

EG|Momochi Outside of my role as an EG pro gamer, I'm going to be coaching some younger players as part of a project with this company called Shinobism, and be involved in some of the company's events and activities.

Tokido: There are still many aspects of my play that I'd like to continue to polish on. I believe I'm still bad at quite a number of areas, so I'd like to work on that. I think I can't just leave things as it is.
This interview was originally conducted live on Team Spiritzero's stream. It was then transcribed into Japanese text by Chigesoku, and translated into English by us over here at EventHubs.

Regardless of what the future holds, here at EventHubs we would like to wish Tokido and Mago all the best on their endeavors. We continue to look forward to seeing more of the duo's solid performance on the Capcom Pro Tour.

If you'd like to show your support for the two players, you can reach Tokido and Mago on Twitter at @tokidoki77 and @magotto3, respectively.

Source: Team Spiritzero via Chigesoku.
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