Mad Catz returns to the fightstick game with new E.G.O. arcade-style controller

Coming next year

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • December 12, 2019 at 8:04 a.m. PST

If you're newer to the FGC, then the name Mad Catz might not ring too much of a bell. However, longtime fighting game community members know the company as the former king of the fightstick world.

After being the most prominent arcadestick makers for several years during the Street Fighter 4 era, facing company closure, and now being back in action and producing peripherals again, it looks like Mad Catz is once again throwing their hat in the fighting game ring. A new, arcade-style controller has been announced this morning and it's called the Mad Catz E.G.O. fightstick.

The announcement came along with an image of the new stick, as well as this message from Mad Catz:

"You've asked. You've waited. We've listened. Introducing the brand new Mad Catz E.G.O. fightstick! Stepping back into the ring, full force in 2020. More news and details to come during CES - Stay tuned."

Details about the upcoming fighstick are scarce at the moment, but we can see from the product photo that the set up looks similar to previous Mad Catz sticks. It features a standard 8-button layout and stick with balltop, and it does appear to be a full-sized fightstick — not one of the smaller, more entry-level sticks — though we can't say for sure as we only have one image to go off of.

What's interesting is that the Mad Catz E.G.O. looks really thin. The casing of the stick appears to be quite slim, which might be hit or miss for some players as it might mean that the stick is lightweight overall and prone to movement while in use.

The design on the faceplate of the E.G.O. has "MAD CATZ" written toward the bottom left, with the company logo sitting on the bottom right side and a reddish, digital art piece lining the background.

Mad Catz's E.G.O. fightstick is due out sometime in 2020.

Mad Catz E.G.O. fightstick image #1
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