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Here's a look at the badass CEO 2019 championship belt-style trophies going to this weekend's winners

CEO 2019 is taking place in Daytona Beach, Florida this year, and the action officially kicked off earlier today. With thousands of competitors battling it out in over 10 different titles over the course of the weekend, we will undoubtedly be treated to another action-packed event where the best of the best show what they're all about on the big stage.

Not only are bragging rights and prize money on the line, but first place winners of each game are going to be taking home a killer championship belt-style trophy. The official CEO Twitter account has given us a closer look at these badass belts.

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Artist adds Etika to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate artwork for touching tribute

A lot has been going on in the gaming community as of late, but easily the largest shock wave to hit the internet this week came from the saddening news that popular YouTuber Desmond "Etika" Amofah had passed away.

Fans everywhere have been in mourning, with thousands of posts across social media sharing condolences and memories of him and his content. Among those struck by Etika's passing was an artist by the name of NinN who went on to put together an exceptional Super Smash Bros. Ultimate-themed tribute to the late YouTube star.

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Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition and Tekken 7 currently have the exact same number of entrants registered for EVO 2019

We're about 37 days away from the first day of EVO 2019 which begins on August 2nd. Mr. Wizard, a tournament organizer for EVO, has been steadily hinting at the number of entrants per game throughout the last two months.

Earlier today, we were provided with yet another update. Apparently the numbers for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition and Tekken 7 are both currently exactly the same.

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Justin Wong is teaming up with GameStop to create fighting game guides for Mortal Kombat 11, Tekken 7 and Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition

Earlier today, it was announced that GameStop's eSports roster will be growing with the addition of Victrix|Justin Wong.

Back in March, it was revealed that GameStop was teaming up with Complexity Gaming at GameStop Performance Center to "host public events designed to help amateurs get into esports and help gamers connect with one another," according to Engadget.

Justin Wong will be working to create a gaming clinic (a conference or short course on a particular subject) that's focused on improving the performance of amateur gamers in their favorite fighting games.

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I found a strange copy of Super Street Fighter 2 on the Super Nintendo that might be a rare error cartridge

It's always a retro game collector's dream to stumble onto that "Big Foot sighting" of a find at a swap meet or yard sale in which they come up on a great bundle of top-notch games for very cheap. Though it's a rare occurrence, it does happen, and my quest to regain the treasures of my childhood brought me to such a sale this past weekend where I indeed found Big Foot.

Among the lot of games I purchased was an old, beat up copy of Super Street Fighter 2 on the Super Nintendo. The game is the US version, however, booting it up plays the Japanese version instead, meaning there's a chance that what I picked up is actually an error cartridge.

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What should the standard for online fighting game experiences be here in 2019 and beyond?

Just 10 years ago, playing online was a relatively new and cool aspect of fighting games that many players were happy to simply have the option to do. Now having a fun and efficient online experience is a foundational must for most fighters, and it may be time we take inventory of where expectations for this ever-moving target currently sit.

With so many game makers launching online tournaments and events here in the days of eSports, online experience is becoming increasingly vital to game success. Looking around at what other titles in the genre have accomplished and cherry-picking the strongest components of those to form a Frankenstein online experience composed of all the best bits might be a good way to get started.

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Why oppressive top tier characters are a terrible thing for fighting games

"Well, someone has to be #1," is a phrase I see thrown around a lot in fighting game community circles. People enjoy simplistic explanations for things in life, because who doesn't like easy solutions to complex problems?

Issues arise when a simple explanation doesn't tell enough of the story. One of these instances is overall character strength in fighting games.

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r/StreetFighter is sending players to EVO 2019 and needs your help deciding who will go

Time flies and it just so happens that we're suddenly less than two months away from the big fighting game dance in Las Vegas: EVO. Players from all over the world will be in attendance as they clash and spar in their favorite fighting games, but Vegas is expensive and not everyone can afford to take the time off and shell out all the pretty pennies it takes to make this happen.

r/StreetFighter is rallying their sub community together to send a person or two out to EVO 2019, but could use your input in deciding who actually goes.

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'Making the game easy benefits no one' - Momochi on the delicate balance between bringing in new fighting game players while still appeasing veterans

During a recent Street Fighter 5 streaming session, celebrated Japanese fighting game player Victrix|Momochi offered a few words on the struggle developers currently find themselves in as they attempt to simultaneously grow the niche genre and appease long time fans.

The unforgiving nature of fighters makes for a natural barrier of entry that tends to be more intense than many other types of games, and developers have made clear attempts to minimize said barrier via strategies such as making stronger comeback mechanics and lowering execution requirements. Momochi actually thinks that difficulty is not actually what's keeping newcomers from sticking around, and that making things easier isn't an efficient solution.

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Where were all of the fighting game announcements at E3 2019 and will they be coming back?

E3 has now wrapped up another year as the biggest video gaming event in the world, but all of the reveals and announcements probably felt a bit lacking for the hardcore fighting game fans when compared to previous showings.

The biggest FGC-related reveals we did receive were of course Banjo-Kazooie and Dragon Quest Hero's announcement for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate along with Rimururu joining Samurai Shodown and Bleeding Edge coming from Ninja Theory, but where was everything else?

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Fighting game dads: most are either evil, deadbeats, adoptive, or some combination of the aforementioned

Heihachi. Goku. Shao Kahn. Geese Howard. What do all these guys have in common? They are some of the more recognized names in various FGC games, but also some of the worst fathers.

Guile’s also in that group. This dude is always telling everyone else to go be with family, but he himself never is. *Cough* deadbeat.

It's Father's Day, so let's take some time to look at the parenting skills of some of the greatest characters to have appeared in a fighting game.

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Arcade modes, story-telling, trials, custom creation tools, and more — Stumblebee reviews how single player content in fighting games have evolved

Fighting games are most typically known for their competitive multiplayer modes. However, it's definitely important not to neglect the single player content.

This doesn't necessarily mean just having an arcade or story mode present in the game. This can also include features like a trial mode, training, unlockables, custom character creators, and more.

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Hori and Capcom team up to bring a new and classic set of Street Fighter arcade sticks to the Nintendo Switch

Nintendo's Switch console has a strong line up of fighting games from Ultra Street Fighter 2 to Dragon Ball FighterZ, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle and most recently with Mortal Kombat 11 — and that's all before Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The ability to come across quality arcade sticks for the platform natively have been a bit harder to come by, however.

Hori and Capcom have teamed up to bring some new Street Fighter-branded fight sticks to the Switch featuring art from Third and the classic cabinets for SF2 in their full-sized Real Arcade Pro and the more portable Fighting Stick Mini.

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Battling bulldozers, a Les Misérables fighter, THAT Star Wars game, and more; seven incredibly weird fighting games that actually exist

It's fairly well documented that in days after Street Fighter 2's booming success, a great many copycats flooded the fighting game market in hopes to make a quick buck. Most quickly faded into obscurity, but some were so out of left field that they give us the gift of entertainment as we marvel at their mere existence.

OusideXbox has rounded up seven such titles from the less explored annals of fighting game history, and has graciously shared them with us in one of their videos.

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Justin Wong will be sponsoring five players for CEO 2019

Victrix|Justin has decided on five players to send to CEO 2019. They will compete across different games that will be featured at the supermajor and sport the tag JWONG for the event.

Those selected are usually players who haven’t had that big break yet, but show the potential to take it to the next level. This year’s selections are LostSoul, Princess Slim, taji256, Waz, and Zaferino.

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Lag spike means you forfeit the round, idea for ranked play in future fighting games

We've all had the experience before, you're playing online, and having a good set — and all of a sudden — the game slows down to a few frames a minute and characters start to teleport all over the screen.

Lag spikes are terrible, and typically compromise the integrity of an online set, as the game stutters and jitters around. I have an idea I'd like to see implemented to help alleviate this issue.

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Update: Nintendo Direct for E3 2019 live stream, Super Smash Bros. reveal inbound

Update: Nintendo's E3 Direct stream is now live. Come watch it with us after the jump.

The big conferences for E3 2019 are winding down, but not before the last console maker takes the metaphorical internet stage to reveal what's coming up and what's coming out to their systems in the near future.

Nintendo will be holding their E3 Nintendo Direct stream beginning at 9 a.m. PDT / 12 p.m. EDT where the company is set to make a number of announcements including the next DLC fighter joining the ranks of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

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