Justin Wong not competing in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite at SoCal Regionals next week, says it's 'not fair' due to pre-release practice time

Reigning SCR Marvel champ bows out, but will other early-copy players follow in suit?

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • September 12, 2017 at 2:42 p.m. PDT

SoCal Regionals kicks off next weekend, just a few days after the official release of Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, but we will not be seeing last year's Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 victor competing in anything besides Street Fighter 5.

FOX|Justin Wong may be the most successful individual when it comes to the Marvel vs. Capcom franchise, having won no less than eight EVO titles between MvC2 and 3.

As such a celebrated name, Wong received a copy of the latest title in the Versus series more than a week before the game's September 19th release date.

The Marvel god took to his Twitter earlier to announce that he will not be competing in MvCI next weekend at SoCal Regionals, deeming it "not fair" because of his having the game more than a week before the general public.

"Signed up for SCR only for SF5. Personally it's not fair to enter MvCI. I think my first tourney might be SEAM/Canada Cup for MvCI," reads his Tweet.

A handful of other notable Marvel players have streamed early footage of MvCI as well. With Wong bowing out, eyes will more than likely turn naturally to players like NorCal resident and fellow Marvel god Ryan "SPY|Filipino Champ" Ramirez.

Ramirez has also gotten a ton of time with the game, and would be a favorite to take home gold at SCR should he enter. As of the writing of this article, Ramirez is not on the list of registrants for the tournament, though the third Marvel god, EG|Chris G, is.

Wong received much praise for his decision on Twitter, garnering nearly 500 "likes" and nearly 100 retweets in the hours after posting, and even being deemed a "true champion" by SoCal Regionals tournament co-organizer LU|Alex Valle for his decision.

The narrative of top players and media outlets receiving early copies of games is not new by any means. We've seen quite a bit of social media banter here at this current juncture, but as long as almost two weeks feels in terms of a player getting a head start on a new game, we've regularly seen Japan gain access to titles like Tekken 7 and Street Fighter 4 more than a year before the rest of the world.

At this point, it's a fielder's choice in terms of how individuals wish to view early release conduct, and we'd love to hear what you think about the matter.

Are you an advocate of outlawing early tournament play for those that get pre-release copies? If so, how long should the general public have to catch up before said players are allowed to enter? Let us know in the comments section below.

Photo credit: Chris Bahn.

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