How the FGC could have million dollar prize pots, when pop offs go too far, which EVO title should be last on Sunday, and more

We think Super Premier CPT events might offer a bit more than just a ton of points

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • July 3, 2019 at 7:13 p.m. PDT

Coming off an explosive weekend of fighting game action thanks to CEO 2019, we're back with a new podcast episode chock full of FGC news, commentary, opinions, and more.

With eSports growing ever larger on the fighting game front, Catalyst believes it's a very real possibility that major events could start seeing seven-figure prize pools. This might be achieved through television and streaming right deals, but only if developers play their cards right.

While we were happy to see in-game and in-ring fighting at CEO, a pop-off during the latter part of the Mortal Kombat 11 brackets may have gone a little too far. We offer a few thoughts on the particulars of this heated interaction as well as on how to draw the line when it comes to such emotionally-charged exchanges in general.

Catalyst has made it all the way to Master rank with Menat after recently switching from SF5 on PlayStation 4 to SF5 on PC. He discusses the roadblocks and successes in his journey thus far and shares a few pointers to help others reach the same benchmark.

The 2019 Pro Tour has nearly hit the halfway point in terms of events played, and we've run the numbers on which characters have been used to win the most events. We'll also mention that a certain Killer Bee is interestingly absent from our findings...

It's also looking more and more like Street Fighter won't be the final game played at EVO this year, especially after a recent poll from tournament organizer Mr. Wizard asking fans which title should be played last on Sunday finals went live yesterday. All this and more away in this week's episode, the embed of which is located below.

Timestamps

1:40 - Catalyst made it to Master Rank! (And so can you!)
06:25 - Might Super Premiers on the CPT hold announcements for SF5?
17:06 - How the FGC can have million-dollar prize pots
33:17 - What should be the last game at EVO on Sunday? Mr. Wizard's poll
39:25 - Pro Tour win stats by character
52:04 - Bonchan's brilliance and Punk's presence
1:03:40 - r/Street Fighter's EVO sponsorships
1:07:28 - Scar and Daddy's CEO pop off... did things go too far?

Editor's note: We've noticed the timestamps appear to change depending on the medium you're using to listen. The ones above may place you a few seconds before when each respective topic actually comes up.

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