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'There's a lingering sadness amongst the Capcom fighting game community' - Maximilian and BornFree chat for a spell

The fighting game community is in for a treat as two of our most beloved YouTubers have finally made it into the same video. BornFree and Maximilian sit down to discuss a plethora of FGC-related content ranging from the status of Capcom and its recent titles, a look back to analyze the not-so-distant past, Max's rise from 3,000 subs back in the Marvel vs. Capcom 3 days to over 1 million now, and plenty more.

It takes an especially efficient balancing act to simultaneously inform and entertain as effectively as Max does. He shares some of his approaches with us and grants some insight on how he's become one of the absolute best at what he does.

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We explore how good the new Street Fighter 5 characters are, discuss Riot's upcoming fighter, talk EVO reveals, results, that Snake joke, and more

The dust is finally settling from the absolutely action-packed weekend that was EVO 2019 and we, as a result, have a LOT to talk about.

The first half of this week's EventHubs Podcast is a big dive into the three new characters for Street Fighter 5: E. Honda, Poison, and Lucia. We've been exploring all three newcomers quite a bit, and welcome both DreamKing and MajinTenshinhan to talk about what we think of them thus far.

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EVO Japan returns in January 2020 with three mainstage titles already revealed... and none of them are Street Fighter 5

EVO Japan began back in 2018 as a way to expand the fighting game community's horizons even more into one of its biggest territories, and while that first year saw significant financial losses, the team behind the event are coming back for a third time.

During finals day at EVO 2019, Triple Perfect announced that EVO Japan will be returning in January 2020 at the Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Hall in the city of Chiba with three mainstage titles already revealed.

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Going to EVO? Here are some extremely valuable life hacks from veterans to save you time, money, from fighting with your roommates, and plenty more

Las Vegas is a place of fun, sin, and a lot of chaos, and if you're not prepared beforehand you're all but certain to spend a lot more time and money than you thought you would. After all, it's kind of built to do that to people in the first place, and it does so very, very efficiently.

There are thousands of fighting game community members heading out the Strip for EVO 2019 this weekend, and we have a few EVO veterans in both Viscant and Offcast who are willing to share a plethora of secrets they wish they had known during earlier visits.

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E. Honda, Poison, and Lucia leaked for Street Fighter 5, EVO expectations and predictions, FChamp pulls back the curtain on Marvel Infinite, and more

The fighting game community is prepping for EVO 2019 this coming weekend, but last-minute preparations were interrupted this afternoon when the Street Fighter 5 EVO reveal was leaked via the Steam Store.

We now know that E. Honda, Poison, and Lucia are en route to SF5 and will be arriving this Sunday, Aug 4. Catalyst and I had already finished recording this week's episode at that point but jumped back on to record a hot take concerning the newly revealed content.

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PlayStation 4 reportedly becomes the fastest selling console to reach 100 million units shipped while Nintendo Switch sales try to keep pace

Sony's PlayStation 4 has been the biggest place to find and run fighting games this generation, and it's still on pace to go down as one of the best-selling consoles of all time according to their latest sales data.

As of June 30, 2019, the PS4 shipped an additional 3.2 million units bringing its lifetime worldwide sales above 100 million in total reportedly even faster than the previous consoles to reach that mark.

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EVO 2019 schedule and commentators revealed

On the official EVO Twitter and EVO website, information regarding the schedule and commentators have been revealed for one of the largest fighting game events of the year.

We are already aware of the EVO 2019 finals game order.

Soul Calibur 6 will play out on Friday, Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st], Dragon Ball FighterZ, Samurai Shodown, and Mortal Kombat 11 will conclude on Saturday, while BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Street Fighter 5, Tekken 7, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will finish off the event on Sunday.

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Grasshoppers swarms in Las Vegas are so massive they're showing up on weather radars; also EVO is this weekend

The thousands of fighting game players preparing to make the yearly pilgrimage to Las Vegas to compete in the Evolution Championship Series (Aug 2-4) will likely be sharing the Strip with hundreds of thousands of swarming pallid-winged grasshoppers.

You may have noticed pictures and video clips on social media in the last few days as people have been reacting to the sudden influx of visitors. Major news outlets such as TODAY have begun digging in (and through) the Vegas situation to tell us particulars such as whether or not the bugs will prove threatening to humans and how long we can expect their stay.

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Justin Wong talks predictions for EVO reveals, how streaming can make you feel like a prisoner, Samurai Shodown, and plenty more

If you bring up Victrix|Justin Wong even in non-FGC circles, there's a pretty good chance someone will recognize the name. Wong is good at seemingly every title he touches and has a way of looking at and analyzing fighting games unlike anyone else in the business.

We're treated to a look inside the mind of the FG legend thanks to BornFree and an interview he scored back at Defend the North. The pair discuss a myriad of topics ranging from Wong's take on current events to obscure old games that you might just recognize and everything in between.

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Hit Box announces the Cross|Up controller combining the stick and direction button inputs in attempts to level the field with pad players

Hitbox controllers for fighting games have been steadily picking up in popularity over the past handful of years even recently bringing in the likes of CYG|Daigo Umehara to its ranks though the biggest voice of the movement has a new design that may further shake the landscape up.

Hit Box Arcade has announced their Cross|Up controller which includes both an arcade stick and directional button inputs for analog and digital movement controls together in attempts to match current pad players' control options while opening the door to even more opportunities — which has already raised some new questions as well.

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'I leave on Friday to come back on Monday and go straight to work' - Nemo discusses how he balances being a pro player while still working full time

Naoki "Liquid|Nemo" Nemoto has been one of the strongest competitors in the Japanese fighting game scene for many years now having once achieved the top rank in Street Fighter 4 in the arcade while traveling many weekends to foreign countries for majors and competitions.

Anyone who has traveled to a major like EVO, CEO, Combo Breaker or essentially any tournament that requires flight and hotels knows how time consuming and expensive they can be especially when you need to take time away from work. Even top and sponsored players are not immune to this predicament.

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Update: Louisiana fighting game player Krucial B passes away while attending Defend the North

Update: Bryand McIntosh's teammate, GOL|Synphony, revealed on Twitter that McIntosh's family reports that the player passed away due to a heart attack caused by a hereditary condition. The original story follows.

During a weekend event that was supposed to be focused on fun and competition, the fighting game community instead had to come together to mourn the loss of one of its own.

Bryand "Krucial B" McIntosh passed away suddenly while attending Defend the North in New York City on Saturday, July 20. He was 34 years old.

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EVO 2019 is now officially sponsored by PlayStation with an apparent announcement from Sony to come during the event

EVO 2019 is just over a week away, and of course the biggest fighting game event of the year is going to pull in some of the biggest sponsors and partners around the video gaming sphere.

The organizers behind EVO have announced that PlayStation will be an official partner for the event which isn't surprising given that eight of the nine mainstage titles are going to be played on PS4. What may be more of a surprise though is that it appears that Sony may have their own announcement during the tournament.

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Tired of your Switch dying during practice sessions on the go? Well Nintendo just announced a new model is coming this year with improved battery life

The Nintendo Switch has been doing absolute gangbusters for sales since its launch, but apparently the recently-announced Nintendo Switch Lite wasn't the only trick the company had up their sleeves to try and keep the hybrid console's momentum going.

Nintendo revealed today that a new base Switch model will be releasing in 2019 which will reportedly beat the battery life of the Switch Lite that was already touted as lasting hours longer than the launch version.

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Today is the final day to register for the record-breaking EVO 2019 as organizers contemplate overhauling payout structure

EVO 2019 is shaping up to be probably the biggest year ever for the massive fighting game event dating back to the 90's, and today is the last day you can make sure you can get in on the action yourself by registering online.

Registration is set to close tonight, July 14, at 8:00 p.m. PDT, so now's your last chance to score tickets to the main event or finals day / confirm the status of your current order.

At the same time, it's appearing as though the main EVO tournament organizers are looking into updating their payout structure for the first time since 2002.

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Cloud805 shows absolute crazy skill in beating insanely hard Super Mario Maker 2 level with Hitbox controller

Super Mario Maker 2 has taken the world by storm. UYU|Cloud805 has shown that MvCI isn't the only game he's a pro at.

In a game who's popularity right now stems from unique courses, that range across all levels of difficulty, many players grow frustrated or give up. Cloud805 took his swing at one of the hardest levels, called "The Terminator", and absolutely connected.

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Victrix finally releases their special Street Fighter-themed Pro FS fightsticks next month and they look fantastic

When Victrix first revealed their line of Pro FS premium fightsticks for PlayStation 4 back at EVO 2018, we saw a handful of different variations on display. There was a standard stick, as well as some that were themed around Street Fighter and certain characters from the series.

When the Pro FS launched, only the standard edition was made available, leaving fans wondering where those awesome Street Fighter sticks were. Well, the company is finally releasing said fightsticks, and they'll be available for purchase next month.

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