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FGC coronavirus updates: Tokyo Tekken Masters event postponed, no plans to cancel or postpone EVO at this time

As the coronavirus outbreak that started in China continues to be a global concern, fighting game community events are being impacted either through cancellations or postponements. There are a couple of updates that fighting game enthusiasts should be aware of.

Earlier today, Bandai Namco announced that the Tokyo Tekken Masters event of the Tekken World Tour is being delayed. At this moment, it has simply been stated that the Tokyo Tekken Masters tournament is being pushed to a later date in 2020.

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Update: Capcom removes three events from Capcom Pro Tour 2020 due to coronavirus threat, Arc System Works also speaks out

Update: Arc System Works has now released a statement on their Japanese accounts stating due to the cancellation of Brussels Challenge, they will be removing the event from its line up and proceeding with caution. No mention was made as to Final Round 2020 going on the same weekend, and the American major's Twitter account posted a reminder that their tournament is the first stop on the Arc World Tour — meaning they seem to be proceeding as originally planned for now. ArcSys' full English release has been added to the story below.

At this point in time, many companies and entities are taking precautions due to the spread of the coronavirus in various regions. In eSports, several events have already been canceled or postponed indefinitely in order to ensure safety for competitors and attendees.

While we've seen a handful of fighting game community events make adjustments because of the virus, many have been wondering how major tournament circuits in 2020 might be affected. Today, Capcom has issued a statement about the Capcom Pro Tour in regards to the coronavirus, and as a precaution are removing three events from the official line up.

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MkLeo and SonicFox have departed from Echo Fox

Over the weekend, MkLeo competed at and came in first place at Frostbite 2020's Super Smash Bros. Ultimate event. Observant viewers probably took notice of the fact that MkLeo was no longer going by "FOX|MkLeo" during the course of the event.

Although MkLeo has made no announcements of this over Twitter, it appears that the best Super Smash Bros. Ultimate player in the world has departed from Team Echo Fox after initially joining on January 4, 2017.

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More fighting game events have been cancelled, postponed or changed due to growing Coronavirus concerns

Yesterday, we learned the final two SNK World Championship events in Japan are now indefinitely postponed due to growing concerns about the spreading Coronavirus (COVID-19), and now there's more FGC tournaments changing up their plans in the name of player / attendee safety.

At least three other fighting game-related events scheduled for this week and beyond have either been cancelled, postponed or face rule changes including the Tekken Pro Championship Japan-Korea Competition 2020, Comfest 2020 in Kuwait and Fighting Tuesday.

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Qanba's new Shield backpack pleasantly upgrades the bells and whistles on an already quality model, but is it worth an $80 price tag?

Qanba has released a new backpack for fight sticks as the Shield was made available earlier this year. Those who tote around what's essentially equivalent to the front end of an arcade cabinet know that having a quality carrying case quickly becomes a priority, but with a price tag that approaches the cost of an actual stick, (you could just as easily use your $79.99 to buy a Drone) many must be wondering if purchasing a Shield is worth it.

I've been transporting my arcade stick around in a Shield for a good month now and can lay out what the experience has been like as you try to decide if this is the route you'd like to take.

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Is a 40-character roster a good stopping point for Street Fighter 5? We compare other fighting game rosters to help find an answer

For most all of Street Fighter 5's life thus far, fans have consistently discussed the potential and prospect of "what's next?" as we have constantly had our eyes on the future in terms of DLC content, specifically characters more often than not.

This makes total sense as Capcom billed the game as a service from the start, and promised regular content development for at least four years. The game celebrated its fortieth character on Friday and its fourth birthday on Sunday, and so we have to question whether or not we're finally at a good ending point.

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Direct now live

Update: The Animal Crossing Nintendo Direct is now live. You can find the stream below.

An Animal Crossing: New Horizons Direct has been announced by Nintendo. This Animal Crossing focused Direct will debut on February 20 at 6 a.m. PT / 9 a.m. ET

Of course, any astute fighting game enthusiast would probably recognize that Animal Crossing: New Horizons Direct is actually not a fighting game. While it is unlikely that any direct mention to the Super Smash Bros. series or any other fighting game will be brought up during the Nintendo Direct, the characters and landmarks do play an important role in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

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Of these five characters that broke the meta in their fighting games, only one of them was banned

Understanding which characters are top tier in a particular fighting game is an essential process if you have any plans on competing at a top level. Every now and again, there will be fighters that are borderline "broken."

TrueUnderDawgGaming asserts that there is a major difference between overpowered characters and broken ones. It is declared that while an overpowered challenger will often dominate the meta due to access to strong tools, a broken character usually has access to unintended exploits that can break the game.

In his recent video upload, TrueUnderDawgGaming discusses five characters that broke their respective games. Interestingly enough, only one of them was ever banned from tournament play.

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New Combo Breaker 2020 artwork is downright gorgeous and we have artist AbsolumT to thank

Every year Combo Breaker develops specially commissioned artwork as just one more unique facet that sets the event apart from all other yearly fighting game tournaments.

The 2020 art has been revealed and after seeing it, we have no choice but to give a tip of the cap to the clearly talented AbsolumT who has illustrated 26 characters and amalgamated them all into one impressive poster.

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Street Fighter's T. Hawk probably isn't looking forward to Valentine's Day

Love is in the air as Valentine's Day is right around the corner. While a portion of the fighting game community will be celebrating with the launch of Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition this February 14, others will be spending quality time with their significant others — which might actually involve Champion Edition too!

In the spirit of the holiday, I decided to take a look around at the relationships between characters within the Street Fighter series in hopes of highlighting some of the stronger ones for all of those hopeless romantics out there. However, during my research, I discovered that there exists a storyline that brings the literal definition of "hopeless romantic" into the fold, and that's the grim tale of Street Fighter 2's T. Hawk and Street Fighter Alpha's Juli.

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'How EVERYONE reacted to the EVO 2020 lineup' — Mighty Keef returns with another spot on and hilarious comedy skit

The EVO 2020 lineup was revealed earlier this week, and much like it always does the announcement sparked discussion within the fighting game community. NetherRealm Studios' major modern fighting title, Mortal Kombat 11, we nowhere to be found, while Marvel vs. Capcom 2 sees a return in the form of an invitational event to celebrate the game's 20th birthday and EVO legacy.

There are a lot of reactions online right now, but The Keef Crew's newest video has to be the funniest and most accurate of them all. The comedy skit shows how each game on the EVO lineup responds to the news, and there's an appearance from someone that the other games didn't really want to see...

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EVO 2020 lineup revealed

Update: The full lineup has been revealed and you can view it below after the jump. There are eight main games and then a special eight-person Marvel vs. Capcom 2 tournament featuring four MvC2 EVO champs including IFC|Yipes, Justin Wong, Duc Do, and Sanford Kelly and four additional players who will be determined at a later date. You can now register for the event right here.

Earlier: Today is the big day as we'll soon learn which games will be played at this year's Evolution Championship Series.

Tournament Organizer, Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar, will be doing his yearly lineup stream to let the fighting game community know what to practice and be ready to compete in for the big dance slated for July 31-Aug 2 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

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One game edges out Street Fighter 5 and it's not Smash Ultimate; see which titles got the most votes in our EVO lineup hopefuls poll

Update: Voting has ended and you can view the results by clicking the jump.

Earlier: With EVO Japan now out of the way, the fighting game community can begin looking forward to what will undoubtedly be the biggest FGC event of the entire year with EVO 2020, and we'll soon know exactly what games to start preparing for.

EVO organizer Joey 'Mr. Wizard' Cuellar revealed earlier this week that their team will be announcing the full EVO 2020 lineup on February 4, but what titles do the community expect to see come back / join the roster? And what ones do they WANT to see?

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Combo Breaker early bird registration rankings revealed with Street Fighter 5 currently in 3rd place behind Tekken 7 and a game that's not out yet

Combo Breaker has been building the reputation as one of the most beloved fighting game majors in the entire world which has in-turn led to larger and larger attendance records plus better perks and rewards for the players who make the journey to Chicago in May.

Registration for Combo Breaker 2020 opened up just last month on January 14, but the fighting game community was remarkably quick in scooping up every single one of the venue hotel rooms in minutes — even breaking records for the Renaissance Schaumburg itself.

Now, early bird entry has wrapped up for the upcoming major, and event organizer Rick 'The Hadou' Thiher celebrated the occasion by releasing our first look at the registration rankings between the main games with some interesting results thus far.

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Teppen's great Street Fighter and Darkstalkers artwork can even make characters like F.A.N.G look menacing as hell

Teppen appears to have quickly been accepted by the embrace of the fighting game community despite not actually being part of their genre, and a lot of that comes down to the love and respect the mobile title shows Capcom's classic and older franchises like Darkstalkers and Mega Man X.

The Force Seekers expansion for Teppen this year added in dozens of new cards to collect, each with their own distinct artwork depicting a bunch of characters we haven't really seen in a number of years like Hakan.

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Update: Sega Heroes adds new Virtua Fighter characters starting with Pai Chan and Kage-Maru available now plus more in the coming weeks

Update: Virtua Fighter's Kage-Maru is now available in Sega Heroes as the second character from the franchise alongside Pai Chan. Original story and updated gallery follow.

Sega's enormous back catalog of video games and franchises are among the most iconic in the entire industry, especially when you look back at their 90's console-making era.

Virtua Fighter was once chief among those as one of the world's first major 3D fighting games though now the series' characters can now be enjoyed in a much different title.

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Nintendo will not be releasing a new Nintendo Switch model in 2020

Recent word from the rumor mill claimed that a new Nintendo Switch model was on its way. The console was reported to be stronger than the current standard version and was said to be set for release mid-2020.

According to Nintendo CEO and president Shuntaro Furukawa, a new Nintendo Switch model will not be out this year. In the company's latest corporate management policy briefing, Furukawa talked about the current state of the console, noting that there are "no plans" for a new version in 2020.

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