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Nintendo lawyers reportedly put a stop to big E3 leaker for 'misappropriation of trade secrets'

E3 is the biggest time of year for those looking forward to new video game announcements, but early leaks also run rampant online in the days and weeks leading up to the event — as we saw happen with Bandai Namco this year.

One such leaker, a Twitter user going by the name of Sabi, was reportedly called and emailed by a lawyer representing Nintendo to threaten them with potential legal action if they continued with their plans to out the company's E3 Direct information set to take place later this morning.

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Tomorrow's Nintendo E3 2019 Direct presentation will run for around 40 minutes

Tomorrow is the big day for Nintendo and Super Smash Bros. fans alike. At 9:00 a.m. PDT / 12:00 p.m. EDT, Nintendo will begin their Direct presentation.

Masahiro Sakurai has already confirmed that a newcomer will be announced for the Fighters Pass during this segment. "As for me, I'll be continuing my work on the next DLC fighter, and more information regarding that will be shared in the Nintendo Direct for E3 2019," said Sakurai.

Needless to say, there's a lot to be excited about. Recently, Nintendo has provided confirmation about the length the presentation.

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Project Scarlett console details revealed by Microsoft in E3 2019 trailer

Near the conclusion of Microsoft's E3 2019 press conference, details about Microsoft's next console. For now, it is being referred to as "Project Scarlett."

This new console will be launching during the Holiday season of 2020. Along with it, the latest entry in the Halo series, "Halo Infinite," will also be made available as one of the console's first exclusive titles.

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Microsoft Xbox E3 press conference live stream now live

Update: Stream is now live.

Earlier:Microsoft is getting ready to kick off E3 in a big way for the console makers where they're gearing up to show 14 upcoming Xbox exclusive titles and perhaps our first taste of the next generation of video games.

The Xbox press conference is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. PDT / 4 p.m. EDT where the new game announcements and information is set to roll on for nearly two hours — including some likely fighting game news.

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What fighting game-related announcements are we likely to see at E3 2019?

E3 may have officially kicked off yesterday with EA's announcements, but today marks the true beginning for most of us interested in fighting games with Microsoft's conference coming at 1 p.m. PDT.

We already know at least one big reveal is coming soon, but let's take a look at the other upcoming and currently available fighters that may have a presence at the big event this year.

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Katsuhiro Harada appears to be understandably upset that Bandai Namco's E3 plans leaked online early

E3 2019 won't officially be starting up its big annual press conferences until tomorrow with Microsoft, but it appears as though a multitude of new games are leaking out to the public before the event.

Katsuhiro Harada is well known within the fighting game community as Tekken's long-time producer / director, but his current new-ish role as general manager of Bandai Namco's original titles has brought with it some seeming frustration. Understandably so considering the company's E3 plans have appeared online ahead of their official announcements.

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Marvel's Bill Rosemann shares which of their characters he'd like to see in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Marvel Comics and Nintendo are currently teaming up for the upcoming Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order title on Nintendo Switch. With the two entertainment giants working together, it's not a surprise that some fans are wondering if another collaboration between the two companies could take place and manifest in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Game Informer recently caught up with Marvel Games' Vice President and Creative Director Bill Rosemann to discuss Ultimate Alliance 3, his experience working with Nintendo, and more. It was there that the question of a potential Smash Bros. Ultimate crossover with Marvel was brought up.

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Marvel's Bill Rosemann on what the company is looking for when they allow other developers to build a game featuring their characters

The last decade has seen Marvel surge from a recognizable comic book brand to an absolute powerhouse of pop culture, and that means companies from all over the world of gaming are seeking partnership so as to include unmistakable figures like Spider-Man, Thor, and Iron Man in their games.

Game Informer recently conducted an interview with Vice President and Creative Director at Marvel Games, Bill Rosemann, from which we can garner some insight as to how Marvel goes about choosing partners to collaborate with.

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Justin Wong releases tier list that rates fighting games which places Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition and Alpha 2 as the best Street Fighter titles

If you've been following Victrix|Justin Wong then you probably know that he's been having fun with making tier lists at TierMaker. Amusingly enough, tier lists have surfaced from him about seemingly mundane things (or maybe just awesome things) such as cartoons, Star Wars movies, fast food restaurants, desserts, Disney movies, etc.

Well, he recently came out with a list that might interest fighting games fans of all types. Specifically, Justin Wong has released a tier list that categorizes and rates fighting games.

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Professional Dragon Ball FighterZ player Nakkiel diagnosed with cancer, Panda Global running donation event to raise money for treatment

Professional Dragon Ball FighterZ player and Twitch partner Derek "PG|Nakkiel" Bruscas was recently diagnosed with cancer. He will be undergoing surgery tomorrow, and the fighting game community is banding together to help him get through the procedure.

Nakkiel's sponsor, Panda Global, is running a live streaming "train" event called "Snakk Bomb" with the goal of securing donations to help with the player's medical bills. Fellow PG teammates and other players are streaming over the course of today and tomorrow to help raise funds and awareness.

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Mortal Kombat 11 overtakes Samurai Shodown and Under Night in EVO's June rankings while Street Fighter 5 regains second position

We're only about two months away from the best weekend to be a fighting game fan, EVO 2019, and it looks as though more players have been getting around to registering to shake up their rankings quite a bit.

Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar has posted the June registration scoreboard for EVO 2019 entrants in its nine mainstage games where Mortal Kombat 11 players appear to be throwing their hat in the ring faster than ever.

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Should Daigo's Gafro controller be banned? Should Cammy be nerfed? Should people be flipping Punk the bird? The answers lie in the EventHubs Podcast

Combo Breaker 2019 both met and exceeded expectations this past weekend with a wealth of well-run and entertaining tournaments, but that didn't mean it was without its drama.

CYG|Daigo Umehara was planning on bringing his new fighting game controller (Yusuke "Gafro" Hoshino's "Gafrobox") to the event, but the fact that it allows for some interesting gameplay shortcuts led to some intense community discussion before it was ultimately barred from tournament play.

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Punk says heckler overstepped bounds during Street Fighter 5 top eight at Combo Breaker, Capcom's Michael Martin responds

With three Capcom Pro Tour 2019 Premier event victories and more than double the points of second place Rohto|Tokido, Victor "REC|Punk" Woodley is far and away the strongest Street Fighter 5 player in the world right now. His most recent win over the weekend at Combo Breaker, however, came with a bit of drama thanks to an unruly fan.

While tearing through the Street Fighter 5 top eight bracket on Sunday, Punk was heckled by an audience member who made a habit of flipping off the current CPT leader from his nearby place in the crowd.

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Daigo's 'Gafro' Hitbox controller raises tournament legality concerns for Combo Breaker 2019, Capcom makes official statement on the matter

CYG|Daigo Umehara has been practicing Street Fighter 5 on a different style of Hitbox controller as of late in preparation for Combo Breaker 2019. The way in which the controller prioritizes inputs might give the player an advantage over the approved peripherals of the Capcom Pro Tour, and thus is raising concerns about this particular hitbox's tournament legality.

Capcom has since taken to Twitter to make an official statement on the matter leading into Combo Breaker 2019 — which begins today.

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How to do revenge mechanics right: Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite's Space Stone

Especially since CYG|Daigo Umehara shared a few brief thoughts on the matter with regards to a Street Fighter 6, the fighting game community has nudged the evergreen topic of revenge mechanics more towards the front of the communal conversation.

Revenge mechanic implementation has become a particularly sticky subject because of how hard it is to balance them. You want to give losing players an opportunity to come back for a big fireworks finish, but you don't want to make their means of doing so so strong that it becomes the focal point of basic strategy. I do not envy developers that are tasked with walking this tightrope, but I do want to point out a particular revenge mechanic that I think serves its purposes well: Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite's Space Stone.

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The new Terminator: Dark Fate trailer further convinces me that Terminator is joining Mortal Kombat 11 as DLC

Mortal Kombat 11 has six DLC characters en route with its Kombat Pack, and so far we only know the identity of one. Long-time Mortal Kombat boss Shang Tsung will be returning to the battlefield at some point, but who are the other five contenders that remain?

Over the past few months, there have been rumors that Terminator will be joining Mortal Kombat 11 as a DLC fighter. The first official trailer for the upcoming movie Terminator: Dark Fate was released today, and the trailer itself, along with the film's release date, have me considering those rumors more closely. Potential Mortal Kombat 11 spoilers ahead.

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Daigo doesn't want revenge mechanics in Street Fighter 6, but they're probably here to stay post SF4 and SF5 success; why Rashid makes our blood boil

Despite extremely rocky beginnings Street Fighter 5 has finally made it to a respectable 3.1 million units sold. This marks a passing of a certain benchmark of success, especially when you take into account how much money Capcom has surely made from the game's DLC sales.

Given this success, we'd be surprised to see Capcom make too drastic of changes heading into Street Fighter 6, but CYG|Daigo recently voiced that he is hoping for a very particular type of change that would take us back to before the Street Fighter 4 era. We don't think it's going to happen.

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