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Capcom has implemented new Street Fighter tournament policies and the community has a lot to say about it

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • March 3, 2022 at 2:50 p.m. PST • Comments: 56

Capcom announced on Monday a new Street Fighter 5 Community License Agreement that will give the company an all new level of control over tournament events that feature Street Fighter 5, big and small.

Capcom lists many particulars in the agreement, but rising to the top of discussions most rapidly seems to be the regulations regarding tournament prize and sponsorship contribution ceilings and the need for tournament organizers (TO) to obtain an special license should they exceed them. Many members of the community have taken to social media to express reaction, the majority of which appears negative and somewhat fearful.

Anyone expecting to run a tournament featuring Street Fighter 5 will have to first get approval from Capcom via a request form found at the bottom of the agreement page, and then run their event in congruence with Capcom's new guidelines.

Said guidelines include things like the aforementioned prize and sponsorship pool regulations, not charging for spectators to attend, not selling any Street Fighter merchandise, and not having any cable or over-the-air TV broadcasts of the event. Furthermore, Capcom will have the rights to use any stream footage, photographs, or video recordings from these events for promotional purposes.

This was all met with a number of disapproving reactions on fighting game social media as some members have been worried about things migrating in a more draconian direction and Capcom wielding too much power when it comes to events.

Prominent member of the FGC HiFight expressed concerns shortly after the notice went up on Monday:

Maximilian, the FGC's most popular content creator, recently posted his thoughts in this video titled, "I DO NOT Like Capcom's Tournament Policies..."

Here PortaJon, a TO who runs a monthly SF5 event in Phoenix, Arizona, chimes in on the matter:

Prominent e-Sports photographer Robert "Tempus Rob" Paul noted that he'd not be offering his services at any such events if the media usage rights do not change:

Competitor and content creator EQNX|Brian F is wary of the new agreement:

In response to the many social media cries about the new agreement, Capcom issued a statement on March 1 noting that their intentions are to make running events easier and safer.

Living fighting game legend PG|Justin Wong expressed disagreement with the policies, but feels things are going to be corrected in time:

David "UltraDavid" Graham is both an FGC commentator and an attorney specializing in video games, e-Sports, and digital entertainment law, and has offered his professional analysis of the agreement on the same day it was posted.

Arturo "TS|Sabin" Sanchez, a TO behind the popular weekly NLBC events in New York, has already applied and been accepted. He notes that he feels some of the reactions have been blowing things out of proportion:

Former Capcom employee Michael "Bizarro Mike" Martin, who used to work directly on the Capcom Pro Tour as the company's Director of eSports, posted some of his thoughts:

We reached out to three of the most notable major FGC event TOs LU|Alex Valle, Alex Jebailey, and Rick "The Hadou" Thiher (who run Wednesday Night Fights, CEO, and Combo Breaker, respectively) for comments on the matter, but all three had nothing to say about it at this time.

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