Fallen off the cliff, or climbing up it: The biggest changes to the Street Fighter 5 tiers in Season 4 we've seen so far

Plus cross-play, Harada's promotion, FGC payouts and more

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • January 2, 2019 at 7:32 p.m. PST | Comments: 21

We've had a good few weeks with the new Street Fighter 5 balance patch now and while there's still plenty to be uncovered, Catalyst and I have a few ideas of which characters saw the most swing either up or down the tier list.

We also have a few reactions to the general state of game play these days, most notably that it seems more and more people are willing to express that they're having fun playing.

Last week's Dragon Ball FighterZ turbulence seems to be en route to remedy as Katsuhiro Harada has become the head of Fighting Game eSports for Bandai Namco, and has pledged that DBFZ will have continued tournament support.

We also chat about the potential of crowdfunding to raise funds eSport prize pools, citing the negative press the Tekken World Tour Finals got after halving their payouts from 2017 to 2018.

It's likely next generation gaming consoles are still a good two years or so out, but the conversation revolving around cross-play is only gaining traction. Will we see this as a staple for the next round of gaming platforms, or are there still roadblocks?

All this and more await in episode 32 of the EventHubs Podcast, so please give it a listen and leave a review to tell us what you think.


00:45 - Crossplay: will it happen? Why might it not happen?
13:08 - Moving from PS4 to PS4 Pro to help with lag
18:05 - Crowdfunding in the FGC
27:01 - FGC payout problems
32:19 - Harada's fancy new promotion
35:33 - Sponsored content returns to SF5 in Japan
39:56 - FM dwindles in SF5
45:01 - Street Fighter 5 gameplay better than ever?
54:57 - Which SF5 characters are seeing the biggest tier movements in Season 4?

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