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There's money on the line, clear out? We discuss if cash should take priority over casuals, and rank SF5's S3 characters - EventHubs Podcast

If people have a match where money is on the line at a tournament, should other players clear out of the setups to give them room to play?

This was a subject of debate that became pretty intense on social media. There is an old school mentality to this, one that both Velociraptor and I usually follow — to always let money matches have the priority — but that doesn't necessarily mean that's the correct way of handling it. In the end, we state some simple guidelines and approaches that should serve most situations well, and keep the peace.

With anti-betting laws for sports being heavily scaled back, the trickle down for the FGC means we might see more prime time money matches, and also we probably won't need to refer to these things as being for 'Bison bucks' and similar terms much anymore, which is a subject we lightly cover.

John and I also get into the Season 3 Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition rankings for G, Sagat, Cody, Blanka, Falke and Sakura, while going fairly in-depth on the newest characters and what we're seeing overall in their play styles and approaches.

We also circle back to some EVO 2018 talk with FOX|SonicFox's grand finals reset moment, and ITS|Lil Majin's amazing run in Tekken 7, and the costly mental guard break that sealed his fate.

Then we cover some reader questions from morriganVS, who wanted us to discuss some tactical and technical aspects of Street Fighter 5, and other fighters, like footsies, turn taking, how to use (and avoid) projectiles, plus overcoming roadblocks that all players face. This is a hefty episode of the pod, check it out below.

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'Women face a couple of unique barriers to engage with the scene' - Tom Cannon talks girls in gaming, growing EVO, his biggest challenges and more

Back in 2010 the EVO tournament organizers put together a side tournament that invited female fighting game players to compete against each other as a means of encouraging more women into the community.

That move received a good bit of backlash as some people deemed it an unnecessary separation of women from the rest of the group and EVO would not attempt such a side tournament in subsequent years. Tom Cannon, one of event's three founders, sees not doing this again as one of his few EVO regrets.

Tom sat down with BornFree just before EVO 2018 kicked off this year to talk about a few various topics concerning the FGC's largest yearly major, one of which being the movement to make the FGC more open for female competitors.

"If we're being completely honest, it is true that games are open to anyone, but I think women and girls face a couple of unique barriers to engage with the scene," he starts. "Just one instance is, it's hard to be anonymous. If a guy walks to EVO... you can be completely anonymous and no one cares. Every single woman who walks into an FGC event is representing their gender whether they like it or not."

Tom is hoping to make the scene more welcoming to all groups, especially those that don't have large representations at this point. He also shares the most challenging thing about running EVO these days, why the 2018 event was held in August and plenty more.

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Optimal for tournament play, some of the lowest display lag in the biz, but the audio leaves something to desire — BenQ Zowie 24" RL2460 review

When it comes to playing fighting games in an optimal setting, one of the most important purchases you need to make is a monitor to play the game on.

As most of you reading this are no doubt aware, this isn't as simple as you might expect, since the reason monitors are so important for gaming, and fighting games in particular, is because you want to avoid display lag at all costs.

If you are currently on the prowl for a new gaming monitor for your fighting game needs, or are looking for something to recommend to a friend or your local tournament organizer, then perhaps this article will be useful to you, as I'll be doing a brief review of the 2018 edition of the BenQ Zowie 24" RL2460 monitor.

This monitor is generally meant to be used together with PlayStation 4 hardware, to the point where there's even a little PlayStation logo attached to the monitor itself, and my testing of the monitor was also conducted in conjunction with a PlayStation 4.

The main game of focus while testing was Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, as it's the title I've put the most time into of the current fighting games, and it was tested during both online and offline play.

If you'd like to know what the type of experience the BenQ Zowie 24" RL2460 might offer you, then say no more, and continue right below.

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Dragon Ball FighterZ may have had the highest viewer peak of EVO, but Street Fighter had a higher average: full EVO viewership statistics released

EVO 2018 has come and gone, but it left us with a near endless amount of hype moments and announcements from the weekend that people are still talking about over a week later.

We previously learned that Dragon Ball FighterZ actually broke EVO stream records by reaching a peak of over 255,000 people and even became the largest stream on Twitch beating Fortnite for a brief while. Now it looks like we get a better look at the full picture of the weekend.

Esports Charts recently released their reported full statistics from EVO weekend for the eight mainstage titles including Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Super Smash Bros, Tekken 7 and more.

The data not only covers the peak viewership but also average viewers, prize pools, and combined hours watched for all eight games over the three day period giving us a better look at how the games grew and performed.

While Dragon Ball FighterZ indeed did have the highest peak for viewership, Street Fighter 5 actually led the charge in highest average stream viewer numbers over DBFZ and the rest plus total hours watched with a crazy 2.1 million hours of EVO Street Fighter action consumed over three days.

Esports Charts tracks Twitch channel and other streaming service data and logs eSports events around the globe to compare and share data sets for the biggest games and streamers online. You can check out the full breakdown of the reported numbers after the jump.

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The upcoming Victrix Pro FS will run for $350 and very well may set the new standard for arcade stick gaming

The art of fight stick making has seen quite a bit of evolution since the most recent competitive fighting game boom kicked off by Street Fighter 4 around 2009, and since then the ante has been upped time and time again as better and better products hit the market.

A growing number of companies are taking stabs at replicating that traditional arcade experience as the FGC slowly but surely identifies more intricate nuances in the realm of fight stick customization and development, and it seems as though a new standard may be set very soon.

Victrix had a booth at EVO this year where they highlighted the upcoming Victrix Pro FS, a state of the art arcade stick designed to offer the highest quality of life experience yet for fighting game players.

The gaming hardware creators introduce their latest product, stating, "It is the first and only fight stick that is built on an all anodized, unibody aluminum chassis and offers full customization via an easily accessible open cabinet design. Offered with premium Sanwa Denshi parts, Victrix Pro FS is engineered with the fastest PCB response time."

While speaking with a representative on the EVO showroom floor I learned the finer details of the PCB response time tests. Eighty five out of 100 tests showed a tie with the current leading fight stick while 15 tests actually showed the Pro FS with a faster response.

Here are a handful of images so you can check out the Pro FS from all angles. Read on for the details of my experiences in using it thus far.

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The rapper you hear on G's Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition trailer theme song is the same you might recognize from Gorillaz's 'Clint Eastwood'

Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition's latest newcomer, G, saw his big reveal back at EVO 2018 earlier this month. The self-proclaimed President of the World debuted in his official gameplay trailer showcasing several of his devastating attacks, an appearance that looks like a cross between Uncle Sam and Abraham Lincoln, and instantly memorable presidential quotes.

You might have noticed that Capcom featured a song in the trailer that wasn't actually G's official character theme. The gameplay montage was backed by a Hip Hop track entitled "President of the World."

As noted in the trailer, this upbeat song came from the minds of producers Dan the Automator and Domino, as well as longtime veteran in the Rap world, Teren Delvon Jones a.k.a Del the Funky Homosapien.

Del, who also goes by Sir DZL at times, hails from Oakland, California, and got his start in Hip Hop in the early 90s. Jones' humble beginnings saw him writing lyrics for former N.W.A. member and legendary rapper Ice Cube's group "Da Lench Mob," and the two happen to be cousins.

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Capcom: In some respects, getting some very good review scores counts as much for us as a game that sells millions

According to Capcom's Platinum Titles web page, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition currently sits at roughly 2.1 million sales as of June 30, 2018. It took some time, but Capcom was finally able to meet their year one expected sales for Street Fighter 5 — a few years late.

From a business perspective, one might think that the number of sales would be the primary acting force of a company's motivations. While the sales for Street Fighter 5 have not exactly been as stellar as Capcom might have hoped, they have maintained their promise thus far that they would support the game until 2020.

According to an interview with Game Industry Biz, Capcom actually prefers to have high critical reception over sales numbers.

"And in some respects, getting some very good review scores counts as much for Capcom as a game that sells millions and millions and millions," said Stuart Turner — Capcom Europe COO. "We'd prefer a game that got a 9 and sold less, than got a 6 but sold more."

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Who won the EVO reveal war? We go all out recapping the hype and offer early Sagat and G impressions - EventHubs Podcast

EVO 2018 was full of tons of hype announcements. On the latest episode of the EventHubs Podcast, we discuss who had the best showing at this year's tournament, Bandai Namco or Capcom.

Both companies came out firing on all cylinders, and regardless of who you thought won the reveal war, it was a terrific showing for both organizations.

We also get into Negan's reveal and if he might be a better fit in Mortal Kombat, plus what implications adding a character like him might mean for eSports licensing in the future.

John gets into attending EVO 2018 this year, and why the lack of machines to play casuals on was a disappointment.

Then we start breaking down our early impressions of Sagat and G in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, and if their early release dates may mean we'll see additional characters announced for the game in 2018.

We close out the episode by covering Smash Ultimate's latest reveals of Simon and Richter Belmont, plus why King K. Rool brings the hype for so many, and then close out with the drama of the Smash 4 grand finals, and character usage from the event. This is a mega pod, clocking in at almost an hour and a half, as we have a lot of things to discuss.

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Razer announces new Panthera Evo fightstick, features headset compatibility and interchangeable artwork

Razer continues to crank out high-end fighting game peripherals. The company has just announced their latest product which happens to be the next step in the Razer Panthera fightstick line.

The "Razer Panthera Evo" arcade stick takes the popular Panthera foundation and expands upon it, making several improvements to the original design. This fightstick features an updated case, new faceplate artwork, and Razer's award-winning Mechanical Switches.

What makes the Panthera Evo even more unique is the addition of two changes that Razer has gotten numerous requests for. This stick has interchangeable artwork capabilities, meaning you can swap out the art for anything you want for added customization.

You'll also find a headphone jack on the Panthera Evo, which will allow you to use a compatible PlayStation 4 headset.

Razer's upcoming fightstick will run you $199.99 USD / €199.99. A release date for the Razer Panthera Evo has not been divulged, but the company says it'll become available worldwide this Fall.

You can check out the product features and images of the new stick below.

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EVO 2018 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

It's finally that time of the year again, not only the biggest event of the summer, but the biggest event all year long as far as fighting games go.

EVO 2018 is taking place this weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada, and it's even bigger than last year, believe it or not.

This monster of an event will have 8 main games, all receiving ample stream time and having the best in the world gathered for them, with said titles being Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Tekken 7, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Super Smash Bros. 4, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle and Injustice 2.

There's no point in even listing all the players set to be at the event, since with very few exceptions, you can assume that every notable player is going to be present competing in their game of choice.

Of course, this is no surprise — With Dragon Ball FighterZ and Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition both above 2000 entrants, Tekken 7, Super Smash Bros. 4, Super Smash Bros. Melee and BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle all over 1000 entrants, and a very respectable 623 and 361 entrants for Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 and Injustice 2 respectively, you can clearly tell that the top competitors have gathered.

Streaming is being done all weekend at EVO, Capcom Fighters, EVO 1, EVO 2, EVO 3, EVO 4, EVO 5, EVO 6 and EVO 7.

Of course, there's an abundance of side events as well, many of which will be streamed, too. We're going to do our best to have these in the schedule and results sectionof our story as well, so stay tuned.

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Arby's takes it to the next level with their own custom Qanba fightstick

Arby's has been known to share their fandom of pop culture on social media in the past. From Dragon Ball Z and Super references to a giant Soul Calibur 6 Nightmare created out of cardboard, the fast food chain's Twitter page is filled with interesting promotional images.

With EVO 2018 currently underway in Las Vegas, Nevada, Arby's decided to head out to the big event and show their support. Those in attendance will see the large Nightmare on display there, as well as a custom Arby's fightstick.

The arcade stick is a Qanba Dragon and swaps out the face plate with one that resembles an Arby's box. It's hard to tell if it is actually made of cardboard or just a great paint job, but either way it's pretty darn cool.

Also included on this fightstick are the standard black pushbuttons and silver ball top. There's a joke about "meaties" here, but I'm sure it's already been made by 100 people...

Chances are this custom Arby's stick won't become an actual part of Qanba's line of fighting game peripherals. Still, seeing support for the fighting game community is always a good thing.

You can check out a handful of photos of the stick below, as well as cardboard Nightmare.

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Photo sources: FOX|Justin Wong and Qanba.

Updated: We're giving away a Razer Street Fighter 5 or Dragon Ball FighterZ Panthera fightstick for PlayStation 4!

Updated 2:00 p.m. PDT, Fri. August 3, 2018: Congratulations to GoukizemeFGC for winning the contest! Thank you to everyone who entered!

Earlier: You read that headline correctly, folks! Razer and EventHubs are teaming up to give one lucky person a brand new arcade stick.

Razer is allowing us the opportunity to set someone up with a new Panthera fightstick for the PS4. The winner will be able to choose between the Street Fighter 5 Panthera (MSRP $199.99 USD) or the Dragon Ball FighterZ Panthera arcade stick (MSRP $219.99 USD).

Each of these fighting game-themed Razer Panthera fightsticks comes equipped with 10 tournament-grade Sanwa buttons and an official Sanwa joystick. Both sticks encourage customization as well, with the internal components being easily accessible with the push of a button, storage space inside for extra parts, and even a screwdriver tool to help you swap out buttons or your joystick whenever you need to.

The Street Fighter 5 Panthera features special, commissioned artwork from Art Director Long Vo that sees the recreation of Street Fighter Alpha 2's cover artwork with Street Fighter 5 Ryu and Akuma. Dragon Ball FighterZ's Panthera, on the other hand, boasts eight orange, Dragon Ball-themed pushbuttons, an orange casing, and Dragon Ball FighterZ artwork across the faceplate.

If you'd like to get an idea of how these fightsticks feel, be sure to check out our review of the Dragon Ball FighterZ Panthera on PS4.

This giveaway is open to residents in the USA and Canada, and you'll have to do a handful of things to successfully enter the contest.

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You can check out the official rules after the jump.

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Six games with over 1,000 entrants each, gods clashing in eight titles and seven simultaneous streams to contain all the action — EVO 2018 preview

EVO 2018 will be taking place in Las Vegas between Friday the 3rd of August and Sunday the 5th of August, meaning it's happening this weekend.

There's going to be so much action in a variety of fighting games taking place at the event, so it felt only fitting to have a big preview to get you ready for everything that's going down at the end of the week.

While this preview will be focusing on the main stage games only, there's going to be an incredible amount of side tournaments, which will of course be getting results in our coverage story as well, so even if your game of choice isn't part of the main lineup, make sure to track down the sidestreams and enjoy the action.

Even though EVO 2018 is going down a title from the last few years by having 8 main stage games instead of 9 (presumably due to the huge amount of hype for Dragon Ball FighterZ even before its release), entrants for each game put together are still up overall, though these statistics haven't taken unique entry into account.

The eight main games you'll be seeing at this year's event are Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Tekken 7, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Super Smash Bros. 4, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle and Injustice 2, so if any of these games get you going, you better be ready with drinks and snacks and no other plans for this year's event.

Without further ado, let's take a look at what EVO will be offering us on the main stage this year.

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Stop what you're doing and check out Tali xoxo's awesome Street Fighter Cody cosplay

It's been a little while since we've featured cosplay here on the EventHubs front page. Today, we're getting back to it with a great Street Fighter portrayal.

Tali xoxo is no stranger in the fighting game community. If you're not already familiar with her work, chances are you've seen one of her several Cammy cosplays or her R. Mika at one point or another.

Her latest trek into the world of fighting games sees a rendition of Street Fighter's always popular criminal, Cody. With Cody being the latest DLC character in Street Fighter 5, the time for Cody cosplay is perfect.

Rather than using Cody's new mayor of Metro City role as inspiration, Tali opts for the classic Cody prisoner getup complete with handcuffs, knife, and pipe. The blue and white striped jumpsuit is represented here as well, though in shirt and pants form, and all together Tali's cosplay is top notch and will undoubtedly be appreciated by Cody fans everywhere.

As we know, Cody does don this classic look in Street Fighter 5 as well. Be sure to pick Cody's nostalgia outfit in-game and bash your foes with his steel pipe and knife, which are mapped to V-Trigger 2 and V-Trigger 1 respectively.

For more of Tali xoxo's work, you can visit her Patreon and follow her on Twitter and Instagram. You'll find more fighting game character cosplay from Tali, including her recent M. Bison-outfit Cammy.

Tali is currently working on portraying Soul Calibur 6's Sophitia, which will be available on her Patreon later this month. You'll also be able to catch her Sophitia at PAX West which is taking place in Seattle, Washington, on August 31st through September 3rd.

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New Venom movie trailer shows much more of Eddie Brock and the symbiote in action

Venom is scheduled for an October 5, 2018 release in the theaters. Venom's origin in this upcoming film will actually not be tied to Spider-Man, who is present in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Tom Hardy will be playing the role as Eddie Brock — a reporter — and Venom. Unlike 2007's Spider-Man 3, Venom will actually be referring to itself as "we" rather than "I."

At this point, two trailers have been released that shows off the main synopsis and plenty of action. We get a clear idea of who the actual villain is. It seems that Venom will be facing off against other symbiotes.

Obviously since Eddie Brock and Venom are the stars of the movie, it's going to have darker themes. The two have disagreements about not wanting to hurt those that are not criminals. It's implied that Venom is killing people.

Venom would make his fighting game debut in Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes. He would then return in Marvel vs. Capcom 2, but disappear during Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and its ultimate edition.

It's also worth noting that Venom was a playable character in the arena fighter called "Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects." Finally, Venom would again be playable via DLC in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite. Hit the jump below to check out the trailers.

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PlayStation 4 sales surpass the PlayStation 3 in under five years; Nintendo Switch sits at just under 20 million units sold

It's that time of year again where companies around the world are posting their quarterly fiscal reports, and for video game developers and manufacturers, it means we get a better look at how specific games and systems have been performing.

The PlayStation 4 has been the go-to console this generation for fighting games with both exclusive and multi-platform fighters as well as for games in general making it one of the fastest selling consoles of all time.

Sony's newest system has now reportedly sold 82.2 million units worldwide since its launch in 2013 according to the company's latest financial report which means it has now surpassed the lifetime sales of the PlayStation 3 in a shorter amount of time. The PS4 has been on the market for less than five years while the PS3 was seven years old when the new console launched — they're both still a decent amount behind the PS1 and PS2 which have both sold over 100 million units.

The Nintendo Switch has also found a large amount of success in a short period of time plus has its own ever-growing list of fighting games to choose from on the system including the like of Ultra Street Fighter 2, BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle, Street Fighter Anniversary Collection and soon to be Blade Strangers plus Dragon Ball FighterZ and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Nintendo's new console-handheld hybrid has now sold an impressive 19.67 million units as of June 30, 2018 which is over 6 million more than the Wii U's lifetime sales and puts it right behind the GameCube. The Switch has accomplished these numbers in 15 months and only one holiday season — in comparison the PS4 sold 20 million in 16 months according to GoNintendo.

This continued success of the console makers points to a market that is still healthy and growing for years to come, and Capcom meanwhile posted their strongest quarter in the company's storied history thanks to Monster Hunter World and Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection. Below you can take a look at Nintendo's sales chart to see how all of their consoles have sold plus how many games people have bought on them.

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Twin Galaxies Fight Club brings together some of the all time best fighting game talent for exhibitions you won't want to miss this EVO weekend

EVO 2018 will be the big draw in Las Vegas, Nevada this weekend with thousands of fighting game competitors squaring off to prove their skills against world-class talent, but there will be plenty of other places to get your fill of top fighting game action when the Mandalay Bay fun is done for the day.

One of the biggest side-event draws this weekend will likely be the newly announced Twin Galaxies Fight Club which will bring together some of the best talent from every era of fighting games to play in eight exhibition events at the Luxor Esports Arena. TGFC is scheduled to begin this Saturday, August 4th, at 9:00 p.m. PDT and run all the way to 3:00 a.m.

There will be two "main events" with Dominique "FOX|SonicFox" McLean and Goichi "CO|GO1" Kishida facing off once again in Dragon Ball FighterZ — which may also end up a precursor to EVO Finals if previous tournament results are anything to go by — followed by Hajime "FOX|Tokido" Taniguchi vs. Lee "PG|Infiltration" Seon-woo in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition.

Along with modern fighting games, exhibitions of classics in the genre will also be on display with LU|Alex Valle taking on John Choi in Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo, Street Fighter Alpha 2 and Street Fighter Alpha 3.

The Marvel vs. Capcom series will also be heavily represented with three different exhibitions including reviving the East vs. West rivalry of Abraham "GoldenboyNeo" Sotelo and Desmond "Xecutioner" Pinkney in Marvel vs. Capcom 2.

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