Street Fighter 5 will not be at Sai in May, a lead-up tournament to EVO Japan 2018, negotiations still being held for it to appear at the main event

Posted by Nicholas 'MajinTenshinhan' Taylor • March 20, 2017 at 10:21 a.m. PDT

EVO Japan has been announced for 2018, but we still don't know the game lineup for the event, and likely won't for a few months yet.

What has been confirmed, though, is that an upcoming Japanese event which has been described as a lead-up event to EVO Japan, Sai, will not have Street Fighter 5, apparently due to licensing issues.

Hameko, the chairman of EVO Japan, has gone on to Twitter to explain the situation briefly, noting that negotiations are currently proceeding regarding what games will be at EVO Japan 2018.

Continue below to see Hameko's tweet and my personal translation of it.

Hameko: I already wrote this elsewhere, but to clear up any misunderstandings I'm writing it here as well.

The 3rd title for our tournament in May, "Sai", is not Street Fighter 5.

However, for the EVO Japan 2018 tournament, we're currently in midst of long-lasting discussions with various involved companies to decide the titles for that event.

We're hoping to announce the full lineup at EVO in July, so please look forward to it!

Stay tuned for more details regarding EVO Japan 2018 and its games lineup in the coming months.

Source: FG English Twitter Account, via Street Fighter Reddit.

Comments

downvote said on March 20, 2017 at 10:24 a.m.

Negotiations?

Is Japan being Japan again?

Gotta put time in that paperwork, salaryman.

#1
Catalysts_Evil_Brother said on March 20, 2017 at 10:28 a.m.

We should ask Xykes about what happened. I bet he works for Capcom.

#2
vII_BATMAN_IIv said on March 20, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.

I didn't read the article yet, or even the headline, really.

But seeing that cross through SFV triggers me for some reason...

#3
GiBGUN said on March 20, 2017 at 10:32 a.m.

It wouldn't surprise me if there's a bit of a parallel between the possible roadblocks discussed in this article, and the eSports/Japan topics that Choco covered in her article: https://alienwarezone.jp/post/165

Either way, an interesting read for anyone who hasn't already.

#4
maxi2099 said on March 20, 2017 at 10:32 a.m.

Wasn't EVO supposed to have games, you know, currently played by the community? Is this licensing only for broadcast?

#5
ScarletTerror said on March 20, 2017 at 10:33 a.m.

Can't have a console only game at an arcade only event.

#6
Smorgasboard said on March 20, 2017 at 10:35 a.m.

After what happened with Melee and Nintendo, I'm not surprised if EVO gets permission for all it's games before including them in their lineup since then.

#7
CityHunter said on March 20, 2017 at 11:03 a.m.

Seem like there is an issue with games that arent in arcade. Really hope umvc3 and SFV are there because for now Tekken7 is the only game on the roster that I enjoy watching

#8
SSfox said on March 20, 2017 at 11:07 a.m.

Sound so weird that SFV isn't guarantee at the Event ROFLMAO

#9
Blackoshinomi said on March 20, 2017 at 11:09 a.m.

I hope 3rdstrike makes it

#10
CODYYY said on March 20, 2017 at 11:11 a.m.

what do they mean by licencing exactly?

because this is the first time ive seen this come up EVER. i doubt evo japan will be as big as evo. i just dont think people will turn up from all over the world.

#11
Honeyman said on March 20, 2017 at 11:18 a.m.

I hope they can sort it out. Street Fighter is still a flagship title for 2D-plane fighters, even if SFV has had some notable missteps.

Would be cool for foreign players to go to Evo Japan and take the competition to the Japanese players on home turf for a change.

#12
Zephyrus said on March 20, 2017 at 11:49 a.m.

that's the thing though. American players are too used to having most tournaments held in their home while the rest of the world has to travel.

I doubt many of the usual faces in tournaments will show up at evo japan unless there's a significant prize. And since in Japan it's illegal to offer money prizes (atleast I think it is) in these competitions... we'll see.

#13
RandomSelectMaster said on March 20, 2017 at 12:41 p.m.

Shocking to say the least... especially since SFV is so far made for tournaments.

#14
Raiden8 said on March 20, 2017 at 1:03 p.m.

Japan's focus is on Xrd, Blazblue, Tekken, and 3rd Strike anyway. would rather they invest time/money/effort in showcasing skillsets in those games rather than worry about a game thats not that popular in japan like SFV.

#15
ScarletTerror said on March 20, 2017 at 1:06 p.m.

SFV hasn't had some notable missteps. It is THE notable misstep.

#16
Kavey said on March 20, 2017 at 1:14 p.m.

Put 3rd Strike in.

#17
Honeyman said on March 20, 2017 at 1:16 p.m.

Perhaps you are correct. The ball is certainly in Capcom's court to turn things around with the title as it stands. Hopefully it can make it into Evo Japan '18.

#18
Saika221 said on March 20, 2017 at 1:29 p.m.

DEAD GAME

#19
Dodoria said on March 20, 2017 at 2:04 p.m.

Would rather have Hokuto no Ken , much better game.

#20
V3N0MB1T3 said on March 20, 2017 at 2:16 p.m.

I think you'd be surprised. I dont expect a guy like 801 Strider, or LI Joe to show up to EVO Japan, but I def think you can expect some one like Justin Wong, TS Sabin (there to cast the game for NA audiences), NuckleDu, Infiltration, Xian, RB|SnakeEyez, RB|Louffy, Ricki O., Ryan Hart, maybe even Uncle Valle. It will be a smaller contingency yes, but I wouldn't be surprised at all if 30 or more US/World players showed up for the event. It will really depend more so on games being offered at the event rather than prizes.

#21
ZiggzBoy16 said on March 20, 2017 at 3:25 p.m.

I hope it won't be. Japan keeps some fighters alive that Americans barely touch, namely the huge difference in people who play DOA competitively. I'd to see Japan put different fighters in the headlights.

#22
DriveCancelled said on March 20, 2017 at 3:25 p.m.

Good riddance.

#23
RYU81 said on March 20, 2017 at 5:15 p.m.

i hope one of these games usf4 or kof14 or sf3

#24
zeuvs3 said on March 20, 2017 at 7:02 p.m.

I told you guys about usfiv is still a thing in Japan, SFV is not. Hope an evo in Japan without V will be start of devolping SF6!

#25
EraserRain said on March 21, 2017 at 12:02 a.m.

Are they kidding? The game needs the PR bad. It's nuts to not put the game in.

#26
MetalxHealth said on March 21, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.

I say COOL, a big tournament that highlights other games would be nice.

Almost feels like we need a new EVO that doesn't bow to Capcom.

#27
lesbianXhottie said on March 21, 2017 at 3:27 p.m.

Current EVO has already stopped bowing to capcom, Capcom Cup threw a wrench into Wizard's income so he sucks off Smash now.

#28


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