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How many characters should fighting games have in their base rosters here in the age of such prolific DLC?

The landscape of gaming has changed remarkably in recent years as downloadable content has become a mainstay for almost every title, and regular practice of expanding fighting game rosters after initial launch means that our particular genre is especially affected.

A recent video from TrueUnderDawgGaming explores this concept with the upcoming Mortal Kombat 11 at the center focal point, comparing it to other titles like Street Fighter 5, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, and Tekken 7 to see if any kind of modern standard emerges in the way of release date character count.

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Maximilian has passed the 1,000,000 subscriber benchmark on YouTube; watch his reaction as it happened right here

After eight years and thousands of videos, fighting game community content creator Maximilian has garnered over 1,000,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel.

Indeed seldom does a week go by where you won't see at least one video from the prominent streamer here on EventHubs, and today we'd simply like to share with you moment that Max passed this incredible benchmark.

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What's the likelihood of new characters and new V-Skills being revealed at Final Round? Chances for Marvel vs. Capcom 4 get better and more

This weekend's Final Round 2019 will officially set this year's Capcom Pro Tour in motion, and not only are we excited to see what top tier talents from all over the globe bring to the table, but also for what new reveals and information drops Capcom will likely have in store.

The general feel around Street Fighter 5 has left players in a bit of a weird spot since December's update as none of us have much of an idea of what to expect for the game's immediate and long term future.

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ESPN announces Collegiate Esports Championship featuring Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Overwatch, Starcraft 2, Hearthstone and more

eSports have become one of the breakout markets of the 21st century to the point that universities and even the Olympics committees are looking to expand their teams and horizons to include video games on their roster now or in the near future.

ESPN announced plans that will likely cement that relationship further with a new college championship series focused solely on some of the biggest eSports games in the business including fighting game representation.

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'The games of EVO 2019... and the drama...' Maximilian takes a closer look at the titles that are, and aren't, going to be at EVO this year

We had some expectations for the EVO lineup this year, but when Mr. Wizard and MarkMan unveiled the nine titles that will be at the big dance in 2019, we're confident in saying that no one's prediction docket was 100% accurate.

With as many fighting games as are floating around these days, it's innately difficult to try to whittle down the "most deserving" ones to be featured at EVO. There are simply too many factors and potential angles from which to look at things to hammer down a concrete list for such purposes.

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Update: From Marvel vs. Capcom to Viewtiful Joe, which version of Dante do you like best in this Devil May Cry visual history?

Update: We've closed both of our polls, so you can see after the jump which version of Dante people like best from the main Devil May Cry series and spin-off / crossover games.

Devil May Cry originally began production as an early version of Resident Evil 4 though it would soon shift into its own series that would go on to create a new genre that, like fighting games, also has a focus on combos and style.

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Vegeta as Sonic, Vanilla Ice as Sub-Zero, Rocket Raccoon as Bradley Cooper, BossLogic cannot be stopped

It's always a good day when new creations from BossLogic pop up, and we've rounded up a handful of his more recent art pieces to share with you.

We could spend some time trying to qualify his talents, but the Australian artist recently got a shout out from actor Jake Gyllenhaal during an interview on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon for one of his pieces involving the Spider-Man: Far From Home star.

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'Capcom is back!' - CEO proclaims following Devil May Cry 5's incredibly positive reviews

Capcom is looking to have one of its best financial years ever following Monster Hunter World smashing records for the company last year and two of their strongest titles releasing to start out 2019.

Resident Evil 2's remake finally came out in January with near universal praise from survival horror fans and new players alike selling over 3 million copies shortly after launch, and now Capcom looks poised to do the same again.

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Prominent fighting game community streamer Twitch account hacked, bank accounts threatened

If you're an EventHubs regular, there's an exceedingly good chance you've seen us share Vesper Arcade's video content here on the site. We regret to share the news that regular FGC streamer and content creator's Twitch account has been hacked.

This actually occurred while Vesper was in the middle of a live streaming session on Sunday evening. "My account was taken over, and because of that bad things happened," he notes in his video update on the matter.

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Victrix Pro laser etches custom stick art for Jebailey and Justin Wong, and it's wonderfully satisfying to watch

As of March 2nd Victrix has opened pre-orders for the all new Victrix Pro Fight Stick, and more and more fans have been singing its praises on social media platforms.

The $350 arcade stick aims to become the new standard for fighting game hardware with seemingly all the quality of life bells and whistles a competitor could ask for.

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There's an Easter egg in Mortal Kombat 11 that's pulled right out of Toy Story

NetherRealm Studios' attention to detail in their fighting games reaches to infinity and... they have a great attention to detail. If you're not looking closely at the right things, a killer Easter egg or reference just might slip past you.

One such hidden gem exists in Mortal Kombat 11 with recently revealed character Johnny Cage and one of his win poses. As you've probably seen from his official trailer, when Johnny Cage nets a traditional win (no Fatality), he'll pull out an action figure of himself and playfully make it punch a few times before it performs his signature splits.

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The Sonic the Hedgehog movie poster has been revealed... and it may haunt your nightmares

So you may have heard that Paramount Pictures is working on a Sonic the Hedgehog live action movie. It's scheduled to hit theaters on November 8, 2019.

According to Polygon, Hamagami Carroll appears to have leaked the posters for the movie. As a result, we get our best look at Sonic the Hedgehog.

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The Walking Dead's Whisperers leader Alpha performed a Mortal Kombat-style Fatality during last night's episode

Last night's episode of The Walking Dead featured a gruesome scene involving The Whisperers leader, Alpha, that one would easily find within the Mortal Kombat series. Spoiler and NSFW content alert: This story will feature some spoilers from the episode and includes content not suitable for work.

The Walking Dead is deep into its ninth season, and last night we saw episode 12, entitled "Guardians," aired on AMC. This installment put a large focus on The Whisperers — this season's major antagonists — following leader Alpha as she and her massive group of faux walkers traveled back home after trading for her daughter Lydia at The Hilltop.

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The Nintendo Switch has turned two years old today

Two years ago on March 3, 2017, the Nintendo Switch was officially released worldwide. As of December 2018, more than 32 million units of Nintendo's latest console have been sold.

The success of the Switch came after the flop of its predecessor, the Wii U. Throughout its lifetime, the Wii U was only able to sell over 13 million units. In the United States, the Nintendo Switch is the fastest selling console this generation.

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Capcom President: We are fully engaging the eSports market, focusing on five, ten and even twenty years into the future

As the eSports train continues to pick up speed, gaming communities have become more and more comfortable with shedding the anxieties and leaning into this massive new landscape.

After taking into account the growth of first person shooter, battle royale and multiplayer online battle arena scenes, it's clear that the fighting game car is a little closer to the back of our figurative train. This is perhaps most easily evidenced by the numbers as we compare, say, 2018 Dota 2 World Championship's $25 million prize pool to the $500,000 prize pool of the 2018 Capcom Pro Tour.

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Sherryjenix's brand new eFight Pass program will help foreign fighting game players obtain US visas

With the fighting game community growing larger than its ever been and developing global tours for AAA titles such as Street Fighter 5, Tekken 7 and Dragon Ball FighterZ, we're seeing more international travel and competition than ever before.

This advance does not come without its problems, however, as transit from country to country can include quite a bit of red tape, and we've already seen multiple instances where players were unable to attend major events due to visa and passport issues.

The fighting game community's own ESE|VP|Sherryjenix has seen such happenings one too many times, and has decided to do something about it. The result is eFightPass, a program created to help foreign players get their visas to travel to United States.

Dealing with government forms and processes can be daunting, and so this program will instruct players on how to get the ball rolling. This includes the necessary steps one must take, tips for interviewing and general dos and don'ts to maximize your chances of being approved.

Not only do competitors receive help with all this, but eFightPass will also aid in payments for the non-refundable visa application fee as well as travel and hotel fees. Those that would like to further the cause can donate to help the program offer as many opportunities as possible.

Click the thumbnail here for Sherry's introduction to the why, what and how of eFightPass, and be sure to check out the website when you're done.

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Thanks to Zekayasd for the submission.

A new Final Fight front runner for Street Fighter 5 Season 4 DLC, Melee doesn't make the EVO line up, Marvel vs. Capcom 4 rumors and more

We're excited to be able to share our 40th EventHubs Podcast episode with you as Catalyst and I jump into and discuss the topics that have been buzzing about the FGC this past week.

The EVO lineup for 2019 had some big surprises as titles like Samurai Shodown and UNIST took up slots that many imagined would go to games such as Super Smash Bros. Melee, Dead or Alive 6, or Guilty Gear.

We have a few thoughts as to why tournament organizers would choose to go about things in this manner, and focus a bit on whether or not this could spell the beginning of the end for the seemingly immortal Melee.

In less official happenings, Filipino Champ has been tweeting some not so veiled hints about Marvel vs. Capcom 4. While I'm not to keen on the idea at first thought, Catalyst has some interesting points about the potential for an MvC revival.

Street Fighter 5 has finally gotten some Season 4 update action as new DLC has been revealed and added into the game. Not only this, but Capcom has clarified that two additional announcements are coming in March and then November.

Finally, from developer interviews to the new CPT content, there's been a lot of Final Fight references in Capcom's recent dealings. This makes us really think that one or more of the upcoming DLC characters will hail from that title, and we have a pretty good guess as to a front runner.

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