Momochi has now officially obtained his JeSu pro gamer license

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • December 2, 2019 at 6:36 p.m. PST

You might have heard about Victrix|Momochi's Street Fighter 5 tournament victory during the Tokyo Game Show back in September. Although he could've won 50,000,000 Yen ($46,365), he was only eligible to take home 100,000 Yen ($925).

The reason for this? Momochi didn't have his JeSu pro gaming license. In Japan, there's a maximum amount of money that can be earned from gaming events without a license due to gambling concerns.

However, it seems that this situation won't be repeating for Momochi's future wins.

Earlier today, it was reported that Momochi had finally obtained the license that permits him to fully earn his prize money at events. Information regarding the circumstances are scarce for the moment.

Previously, Momochi was quite adamant about his stance against the pro gamer license. It wasn't necessarily that he was opposed the concept, but was unsure of the execution at the time.

More specifically, he didn't seem fond of the idea of an unrelated group giving players the "pro gamer" label. The fighting game community itself did not really have much of a say on who would be eligible for the license.

Luckily though, it seems that Momochi will be able to earn a much greater sum of his prize money at future events. Considering that Capcom Cup 2019 will begin on December 13, this might be the best decision. He actually has a decent shot of winning the whole thing considering that he currently ranks 9th on the leaderboard.

As of right now, it's currently unknown if Momochi has changed his beliefs or if he intends to try to make changes to the system from the inside. Either way, I think it's fair to say that he deserves to get paid for his performance at major tournaments.

With Momochi now included, the total number of Street Fighter 5 players with the JeSu license is now 35. Other notable names that have the license include CYG|Daigo and Rohto|Tokido.

Source: HiFight. Photo: Stephanie Lindgren.

Sent in by: MTBoyInJapan.

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