Capcom can score major points with the Street Fighter 5 community right now by correctly tending to its Cammy problem

Killer Bee regulation would be good for competition, good for casuals and good for eSports

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • July 17, 2018 at 8:03 p.m. PDT

Oh look, another Cammy article... but it's more than that, I swear. The public outcry in the Street Fighter 5 realm about the surplus of Cammys is pretty massive right now as top players and news outlets like us here at EventHubs have been highlighting just how strong and popular she is.

The fact that the Killer Bee is one of the strongest characters in the game, fairly easy to play and crowding top eight brackets isn't news to anyone anymore. Now that we've firmly established this information, where do we go from here?

I'll preface what I'm about to say with this: I don't think Season 3.5 Cammy is as much of a competitive problem as Season 3 Rashid or Abigail. I don't think she's as much of a problem as Season 2's robbery characters were, or even Season 1 Chun-Li or Ryu.

There's debate that Cammy isn't even the strongest character in the game, as a lot of top Japanese players have stated that they think that spot is reserved for Akuma. Sure, Cammy is one of the best and easiest SF5 characters to play right now, but I don't think she's so good that she's draining away the fun of playing.

I think the issue right now is more more one of public perception. The community is seeing a ton of Cammys in the latter portions of major events and top players like PG|Infiltration and Fusan|Verloren, who mains the character himself, saying she's too prevalent.

While she may or may not be Street Fighter 5's worst sore thumb from over the last few years, she is the sore thumb that audiences have their eyes on right now. As such she presents a massive opportunity for Capcom to do good by their fans, should they choose to take it.

If Capcom dropped a single tweet that simply said something to the effect of "We've heard the public outcry about Cammy and are currently looking into it," they'd immediately score a ton of points with their followers, simply because of the acknowledgement.

This tweet would have to be followed with eventual action, of course, but Capcom has already shown they're capable and willing to sneak in light adjustments during game updates.

Such an action may seem fairly minuscule, and it really would be, but the company's less than golden communication track record over the years has set standards relatively low, thus making even the smallest acknowledgements worth a lot.

Does Cammy need a ton of regulation? I would argue she doesn't. Maybe one or two small tweaks to her frame data would do the trick, and the gain in developer/audience relationship would manifold.

If Capcom chooses to remain silent and do nothing, what would the consequences be? It's hard to say for certain, but it's likely we'd continue to see more Cammys than anyone else in tournaments at least until people started finding the less obvious counters to her.

It probably wouldn't be the worst thing in the world for competitors, but the same may not be so for the eSports side of SF5. If you have a game with a roster of more than 30 characters and you're predominantly seeing one of them, it's going to wear on audiences' attention spans quickly.

Even if you'd argue that Cammy isn't ruining the Street Fighter 5 experience in terms of competitive play, she's certainly threatening it on the social and eSports levels. It's 2018 and games are tweaked constantly in both big and small ways.

There's no reason not to acknowledge the cry of the public right now as it will patch multiple holes in the ship and it seems that Capcom is more than capable of quickly making changes where needed. Why not tidy things up a bit if you have the ability to?

I turn things over to you readers and ask do you think Street Fighter developers should change things up with Cammy, and do you think they will?

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