Street Fighter 5 Blanka glitch officially banned at EVO Japan, other tournament organizers also looking into matter

Blanka is playable, but freezing the action will cost you the set

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • February 13, 2019 at 3:36 p.m. PST

There's been a bit of a spike in the world of Street Fighter 5 gameplay news as game-breaking glitch with Blanka made its way to social media platforms yesterday.

Said glitch involves Blanka freezing the screen for his opponent only, allowing him to freely perform attacks on a frozen foe. Capcom has already acknowledged this issue and has stated that they're working on a fix.

We do not have a timeline for said fix, and with EVO Japan set to take place this weekend in Fukuoka, community members have been speculating if and what kind of regulation will be implemented to ensure competitive play carries on without any loss of integrity.

EVO Japan tournament organizers have updated the event rules page to directly address the glitch, but have done so only in Japanese. We've recruited our own Dakota "DarkHorse" Hills for a translation of the particulars.

"Blanka is legal, but using the glitch is not. The user of the glitch will be disqualified for (lose) the set." While activating the sequence in question has proven to be relatively easy, it doesn't appear to be something that's so simple to do that players run much risk of performing it by accident.

Shortly after EVO Japan's statement, the official Final Round Twitter posted a tweet asking, "Should I ban the Blanka freeze at #FR2019?" Hopefully Capcom will have implemented a fix by Final Round's kick off in March, but if not, we imagine a ban at the Capcom Pro Tour Premier event would be the best policy. Here's another quick look at the glitch for those who haven't seen it.


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