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ArcRevo Japan 2018 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend, ArcRevo Japan 2018 is taking place in Tokyo, Japan.

As always, this is a huge year-ending event for ArcSys games, but now that they have their own ArcRevo World Tour running, this prestigious and action-packed event is also a qualified for the ArcRevo Finals in 2019.

This event will feature the current main ArcSys games, meaning it has BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 and BlazBlue: Central Fiction.

With over 100 entrants for each game, there's going to be a lot of high quality play going on, so make sure not to miss it.

Some of the players amidst those hundreds are Omito, LostSoul, Rion, Fumo, Dora, FAB, Daru, LG|Monster, Teresa, Fumi, Minami, PurePure, Hage, Konan, Yoshiki, Meister, Matoi, Iwashi, Hamburg, Nezu, Tsujikawa, gwak.fr|Shenzo, but of course many more as well.

Streaming is being done at Arc System Works and Arc System Works U.

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BlazBlue's creator teases a new project for the series is in the works

The BlazBlue series has helped define the modern era of fighting games with the renaissance beginning with Street Fighter 4's launch though Arc System Works would take an entirely different direction to Capcom.

BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger, the first game in the series, launched on November 20, 2008 in Japanese arcades which makes the series now officially 10 years old, and its creator had a special message for fans.

Toshimichi Mori, the creator and designer for the ArcSys series, posted a brief and personal message to BlazBlue's official anniversary website where he voices his sentiment of wanting to continue the series into the future.

"For everyone looking forward to BlazBlue in the future, I hope to once again return to the feelings I had 10 years ago and impart the memories of battle into a new BlazBlue…" said Mori via Gematsu. "Specifically, with things like BlazBlue: Alternative Dark War and [Redacted] [Redacted]Blue (Temporary). Please look forward to them."

BlazBlue Alternative: Dark War is an upcoming spin-off game on mobile devices, but the second title mentioned in the quote appears to be a brand new title in the series though we don't yet know what it will be — especially since the last fighter, Central Fiction, was said to be the last to feature Ragna as the protagonist.

Arc System Works also posted an interactive timeline for the BlazBlue series which reveals that Mori first designed the character Hakumen back in 1988. You can check out the full translation of the timeline after the jump, and let us know where you'd like to see the series go in the future / you favorite BlazBlue memories in our comments section.

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DreamHack Atlanta 2018 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

DreamHack Atlanta 2018 is happening this weekend in Atlanta, Georgia.

While Dragon Ball FighterZ unfortunately had to be cancelled at the event, there are still many more games being played at it.

It's a three-day event, so there's going to be plenty of action to tune in to, so make sure you don't miss any of it.

Games being played include Super Smash Bros. 4, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Soul Calibur 6, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Tekken 7, Brawlhalla and BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle.

Some of the notable players partaking are FOX|SonicFox, Dragon, Tweek, PG|SKD, GRV|Dabuz, CLG|VoiD, Liquid|ChuDat, PG|Speedkicks, Linkorz, Tempo|S2J, PG|Esam, SS|Colbol, ESE|Fatality, Samsora, and of course many more besides them.

Streaming is being done at DreamHack Smash, DreamHack Fighters and Brawlhalla.

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EVO 2019 trailer released

The official trailer for EVO 2019 has been released. We'll be seeing the big, annual fighting game event take place on August 2nd through August 4th, 2019 in Las Vegas.

Over on the official Evolution championship series Twitter account, the trailer was shared just moments ago.

Like we saw earlier this year, EVO will return to the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas in 2019. The tournament series will also be sticking with the recent move to the month of August (running in July for years prior), which was put into place for the first time this year.

Though footage for several main EVO games were featured in today's trailer, it is worth noting that an official EVO games line up usually isn't released until around January of the year that the event is taking place. It is likely, however, that games like Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition and Dragon Ball FighterZ will return to the main line up next year — but we'll have to wait for the official line up before we can make confirmation.

You can check out the trailer below.

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Canada Cup 2018 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The big one is finally upon us. One of the most noteworthy and hype-filled events in the entire FGC is taking place this weekend.

Yes, that's right, it's time yet again for Canada Cup to occur, this time in its 2018 edition.

This is a massive event by all counts, and it's one of the last Capcom Pro Tour Premier events as well as the last Tekken World Tour event, though it's a Challenger event for that game. It's also a NeoGeo World Tour event for the King of Fighters titles present and features the Tournament of Legends for Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo. Also, let's not forget the massive international 5v5 tournament we see each year for the main Street Fighter game.

Besides Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition and Tekken 7, you can also look forward to tournament play in Super Smash Bros. 4, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Soul Calibur 6, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], Sailor Moon S, Pokkén Tournament DX, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, King of Fighters 14, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Injustice 2 and King of Fighters '98: The Slugfest.

Players attending include FOX|SonicFox, FOX|Tokido, Liquid|Hungrybox, FD|Fujimura, Ghost|NuckleDu, CYG|Daigo, TSM|Leffen, FOX|Justin Wong, CYG|Fuudo, GGP|Kazunoko, Liquid|Nemo, Mouz|Problem X, CO|Dogura, Gachikun, DouyuTV|Xiao Hai, NVD|Phenom, NRG|HookGangGod, CYG|Chris Tatarian, FAV|Sako, Yamasa|Nobi, Ponos|Moke, CYG|GamerBee, EQNX|JoeyFury, FOX|Momochi, ALG|n0ne, EQNX|Dimeback, LostSoul, EMG|Mistake, BC|Mr. R, AB|StormKubo, Yamasa|Take, UYU|Fergus, ESE|Duck, 1UP|PepperySplash, PG|Speedkicks, FNATIC|Akainu, ESE|ANTi, Ally, NRG|Supernoon, Fiction, Shadow20z, AE|Pekos, W2W|Bladewise, Teemo, ESE|RunItBlack, EMG|Moky, Binchang, MnT|Trungy, Joonya20z, Abel Del Maestro, Ryan Ford and many, many more.

Streaming is being done at Capcom Fighters, Canada Cup Gaming, Canada Cup Gaming 2, Canada Cup Gaming 3 and Canada Cup Gaming 4.

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East Coast Throwdown 2018 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

East Coast Throwdown 2018 is taking place this weekend in New Jersey, U.S.A.

This is a Capcom Pro Tour Ranking event, in fact, it's the final offline Ranking Event of the season, with only a few Premiers, Regional Finals and one online CPT event left besides it.

Also, this is the Last Chance Qualifier for the Injustice 2 Pro Series this year, the finals of which are happening on November 13th, so this is a very important event to grab that final spot.

It's not just about Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition and Injustice 2, though. This event will also feature tournament play in Dragon Ball FighterZ, Soul Calibur 6, Tekken 7, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Street Fighter Alpha 2, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Fighting EX Layer, Capcom vs. SNK 2, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Vampire Savior (Darkstalkers) and Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite.

Notable players participating include FOX|SonicFox, Ghost|NuckleDu, REC|Punk, NRG|HookGangGod, EG|NYChrisG, CYG|GamerBee, CYG|Chris Tatarian, FOX|Dekillsage, SB|JB, PG|Nakkiel, Toi, Idom and many, many more.

Streaming is being done at Team Spooky, NetherRealm, KPB Live, NYC Furby and TSB Blaze.

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Guilty Gear and BlazBlue receive new fashionable clothing and accessories from collaboration between Arc System Works and SuperGroupies

Some video game fans like to wear clothing and apparel that blatantly represent their favorite franchises with characters logos and catchphrases, but there are some that like to keep their wares a bit more subtle.

For the latter group of people, Japanese fashion company SuperGroupies may have some new items you may be interested in. They recently revealed a collaboration with Arc System works to create some trendy accessories based on Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 and BlazBlue Central Fiction characters.

These new belt-covered bags, cardigans and iPhone cases do not feature characters faces and instead rely on the fighters' color schemes and design aesthetics for some unique fighting game fashion.

This new line focuses on the characters Sol Badguy, Ky Kiske, Ramlethal, Elphelt, Ragna The Bloodedge, Jin Kisaragi and Hazama. The Guilty Gear characters received the clothing line treatment for all three items while the BlazBlue characters only have bags and wallets available.

Nice looking items like these do not come at a low price, however. The fighting game-themed bags range between 12,800 yen ($114) and 17,800 yen ($159). iPhone cases are 5,800 yen ($52), and the Guilty Gear cardigans are all 12,800 yen ($114) each.

These items will only be available to pre-order until November 4th, so anyone interested in picking up a new bad or phone case should take a closer look on SuperGroupies' website. Ordered bags and smartphone cases are scheduled to ship out in February 2019 while cardigan wearers will need to wait until march to get their new Guilty Gear fix.

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SEA Major 2018 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

SEA Major, formerly known as South East Asia Major, is taking place this weekend with its 2018 installment in Singapore.

This is a massively stacked event by all metrics, the full details of which you can find in our official preview, but let's do a quick recap here.

SEA Major 2018 is the Asian finals of the Capcom Pro Tour as well as hosting an Open Premier, meaning you effectively get two Premier top 8s for the price of one at this event. It's also a Master Event for the Tekken World Tour and a Saga event for Dragon Ball FighterZ.

Besides those prestigious qualifications, it's also a ArcRevo Pro Tour qualifier for BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 and BlazBlue: Central Fiction on top of that. There will also be a pre-release tournament for Soul Calibur 6 at the event, so look forward to getting a good look at high level play in the title before its release next week.

Players attending include FOX|Tokido, FOX|SonicFox, Mouz|Problem X, GGP|Kazunoko, UYU|Qudans, FAV|Sako, CYG|Fuudo, Kkokkoma, CO|Dogura, UYU|Jeondding, UYU|OilKing, UYU|NL, CYG|Daigo, FOX|Justin Wong, TSM|Leffen, FOX|Dekillsage, Gachikun, Ponos|Moke, EG|NYChrisG, Yamasa|Nobi, AR|Book, RZR|Xian, PG|Speedkicks, PG|Nakkiel, COOASGAMES|Noroma, Yamasa|Take, UYU|Fergus, ESE|RunItBlack, DNG|Tachikawa, Acqua, RB|Tanukana and many, many more.

Streaming is being done at Capcom Fighters, Tekken, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Anime Illuminati and Team Spooky.

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Capcom Pro Tour Open Premier and Asian Finals, Tekken World Tour Master Event, Dragon Ball Saga event and more — SEA Major 2018 preview

Update: This story contained erroneous information about the qualifying process for the Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour. This has since been corrected.

SEA Major 2018 is coming up this weekend, and judging by pure status it's hard to remember any event that has ever been this huge.

With Pro Tours being all the rage for fighting games lately, it's almost shocking to see how much pedigree has been awarded to SEA Major this year, though it's easy to understand why when you remember how well-ran and favorably received the event has been in years prior.

Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Tekken 7, Dragon Ball FighterZ, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 and BlazBlue: Central Fiction are all going to be played at the event, and have points for their respective circuits on the line.

In fact, the only games with currently running pro tours that are not present at SEA Major 2018 in an official fashion are Injustice 2 and King of Fighters 14.

Not only are the games present at the event, but for the aforementioned three games it's the highest level of non-EVO event you can have for any of them, with each practically guaranteeing direct qualification to their finals.

With all this going on, you know that this event is going to be absolutely massive for all of the games represented, so let's take a look at what we can expect from SEA Major 2018 this weekend.

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Fighting Fest 2018 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The Dominican Republic's hype fighting game event returns agin this year, with Fighting Fest happening in Santo Domingo.

This is a ranking event for the Capcom Pro Tour, meaning that points are on the line for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition.

Besides this, a bunch of other games are being played as well.

You can expect tournament play for Super Smash Bros. 4, Mortal Kombat XL, Dragon ball FighterZ, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Injustice 2, Tekken 7, King of Fighters 14, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 and BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle.

Players attending include, but are not limited to, Rise|MenaRD, Rise|Caba, SB|DoomSnake, DR Ray, Crossover, Jochy, TDT|Pikoro, MJ|Gama and Tiger|Luiman20.

Streaming is being done at Quien Online RD, The Mikeysan, Top Siete Games, Dragon Ball FighterZ RD, Stryker DR and Mr Connor TV 1.

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The Fall Classic 2018 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The Fall Classic 2018 is back again this year.

It's taking place in Raleigh, North Carolina, and will have a bunch of games played.

Tournament titles present at the event are Tekken 7, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Dragon Ball FighterZ, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Soul Calibur 5, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Injustice 2, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Pokkén Tournament DX and King of Fighters 14.

There are tons of players participating in each game, but a few notable names that you can expect to see are UGS|XCaliburBladez, Pokchop, W2W|KnowKami, ESE|Coach Steve, UGS|BBoyDragon... But of course also many more.

Streaming is being done at Bifuteki and Funky P.

Because of the multitude of games being played, you can expect to have Top 8s on almost all weekend, so stay tuned.

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Revolution 2018 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Big happenings this weekend in London, United Kingdom.

Revolution 2018 is taking place as it does annually, and there are a bunch of games and players present for high level competition.

The main tournament games you can expect to see at this event are BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Skullgirls: 2nd Encore, King of Fighters 14, Fighting EX Layer, Pokkén Tournament DX and Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st].

This is also a qualifying event for the ArcRevo World Tour next year for the first three mentioned games above.

Players attending are plentiful, but just a few notable names include Svampen, Kiba, KingRasta, Nyphi7, gwak.fr|Shenzo, LD|Zake, ZW|Achorawl, though there are of course many more as well.

Streaming is being done at NGI Events and Nth Gen Media.

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CEOtaku 2018 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Big happenings in Florida this weekend, as the annual CEOtaku 2018 is taking place.

As something of a CEO spinoff focusing heavily on airdashers or anime-styled games, this event has just grown and grown with every year.

This year, the main game, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle has surpassed 300 entrants, with three other games — Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 and Dragon Ball FighterZ — also all surpassing 200 entrants, making for a huge turnout.

Besides these four games, there's plenty more to be played — tournaments will also be held for BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Koihime Enbu: RyoRaiRai, Skullgirls: 2nd Encore, Melty Blood: Actress Again Current Code, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy, Guilty Gear XX Accent Core +R, Sailor Moon S, Fighting EX Layer, Arcana Heart 3: Love Max Six Stars and Dissidia Final Fantasy NT.

As for players attending, you can expect to see FOX|SonicFox, NRG|HookGangGod, PG|SKD, WN|LostSoul, WG|Samitto, Kedako, UYU|KizzieKay, LordKnight, Jona, NRG|Supernoon, FOX|Dekillsage, UYU|Cloud805, PurePure, PAG|Grover, Hotashi, FOX|Punk, 1Up|PepperySplash, PG|MarlinPie, PG|Nakkiel, Foo, FF|ElvenShadow, Clim, KnowKami, UYU|BeautifulDude, BxA|Argenrost, DATA|TectalEastside and many more.

Streaming is being done at CEO Gaming, DATA FGC and Polarity GG.

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BlazBlue: Central Fiction Special Edition headed to Nintendo Switch

Another fighting game is being added to the Nintendo Switch library. Arc System Works announced at Tokyo Game Show 2018 today that the handheld / console hybrid will be seeing the release of BlazBlue: Central Fiction Special Edition.

No other details about the game were divulged at this time, though the "Special Edition" moniker seems to suggest a complete version of the game — meaning the original game, plus all of the added content together in one package. We won't know for sure, however, until we receive more information on the upcoming Switch title.

BlazBlue: Central Fiction first released on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 in Japan on October 6th, 2016. it was followed by a North American launch on November 1st, 2016, and ultimately saw a worldwide PC release the next year on April 26th.

The 2D fighter features classic BlazBlue characters on its roster such as Ragna the Bloodedge, Noel Vermillion, Litchi Faye Ling, Bang Shishigami, and many more. It also added newcomers like Nine the Phantom, Naoto Kurogane, and Izanami.

A handful of DLC characters were also added to the roster, including Jubei, Es, and Mai Natsume.

A photo showing the announcement being made at the Tokyo Game Show panel was shared on Twitter by kamone1006. Arc System Works also confirmed it on Twitter.

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SoCal Regionals 2018 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The big shebang this weekend is SoCal Regionals 2018, taking place in Ontario, California.

This is a huge event by all counts, with the biggest part of it being that it is a Premier event for the Capcom Pro Tour, also a Premier event on the Injustice 2 Pro Tour and a Ranking event on the Tekken World Tour.

Besides these three major tours, the event will also be hosting tournaments for the yet-to-be-released Soul Calibur 6, Dragon Ball FighterZ, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Super Smash Bros. 4, Street Fighter Alpha 3, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Pokkén Tournament DX and ARMS.

With Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition over 250 entrants, Tekken 7 and Dragon Ball FighterZ close to 200 entrants and Super Smash Bros. 4 at around 150 entrants, there's going to be a ton of competition in every game present, for sure.

Notable players attending are too many to count, but among others, you can expect to see FOX|SonicFox, FD|Fujimura, FOX|JDCR, FOX|Tokido, CYG|Fuudo, FOXSaint, GGP|Kazunoko, CO|Dogura, UYU|OilKing, FAV|Sako, CYG|Daigo, EG|NYChrisG, FOX|Punk, FOX|Justin Wong, Jimmy J Tran, Reynald, Ghost|NuckleDu, Gachikun, Noble|Tweedy, PG|Nakkiel, FOX|Dekillsage, EQNX|JoeyFury, PG|Speedkicks, BC|ApologyMan, Noble|Semiij, EQNX|Dimeback, UYU|Cloud805, NRG|Supernoon, Shadow20z, NASR|TekkenMaster, PG|Hayatei, UYU|KizzieKay, MnT|Trungy, UYU|Princess Ling, Nisshin, Noble|Rewind, Pokchop, UYU|BeautifulDude and many more.

Streaming is being done at Capcom Fighters, LevelUp Live, LevelUp Live 2, NetherRealm, 2GGaming and SilentScope88.

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REV Major 2018 results

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There's another tour event taking place this weekend, namely REV Major 2018.

It's happening in Manila, Philippines, and although unfortunately some of the top players set to attend were forced to drop out because of the ongoing super typhoon, there are still many others who have made the trip and will compete.

This is a Tekken World Tour Challenger event, with almost 200 players set to fight it out for the points.

Besides this, the event will also feature tournament play for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Super Smash Bros. 4, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle and Super Smash Bros. Melee.

Players attending include UYU|Jeondding, UYU|Qudans, Fursan|LowHigh, Kkokkoma, AR|Book, Ulsan, UYU|Yuyu, MulGold, Dee-On Grey, DoToRing, AG|R-Tech and many more.

Streaming is being done at Playbook PH and Gariath TV.

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ARCREVO World Tour points system and details announced, grand finals to take place in Los Angeles late next year

Back at EVO 2018 last month, Arc System Works unveiled their own pro tour-esque tournament circuit for fighting titles under their umbrella. The ARCREVO World Tour is set to begin this Fall and will feature three different ArcSys games: Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle and BlazBlue: Central Fiction.

Arc System Works has just released new details on the ARCREVO World Tour. On their official website, we learn that this tour will feature a points system for top placing competitors — much like we're seeing with other fighting game tournament circuits.

ARCREVO tournaments will be ran on PlayStation 4 consoles and will be 1v1 double elimination (as you might have guessed). The top 8 finishers at each event will earn ARCREVO World Points (AWP) according to their placement.

The ArcSys website states that players have until the final qualifier tournament taking place Summer 2019 to earn AWP. The players with the most ARCREVO World Points from each region will be invited to the tour's grand finals, which will be held in Los Angeles, California in Fall 2019.

The first stop on the ARCREVO World Tour is set for Revolution 2018, which will be taking place on September 28th - 30th in London, England. The winner of this event will win a paid trip to ARCREVO Japan 2018 on November 23rd - 24th, which is another stop on the World Tour.

You can check out a breakdown of the points distribution for top 8 placers below and a list of the events we know so far after the jump.

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