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Which guest character announcements were the coolest additions in a NetherRealm Studios fighting game? The results of our latest poll are in

Update: Voting has ended and the final results can be viewed below.

Earlier: These days, third party guest characters have become a fairly common trope in fighting games. NetherRealm Studios has been one of the companies that's been surprising fans with crazy additions to their titles throughout the years.

Among those that they have made playable and are planning to add, which fighters are the most popular?

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The gloves are coming off for the Joker in Mortal Kombat 11 — Let's speculate on how the Clown Prince of Crime will play as DLC

Along with the Terminator and Spawn, Joker has been revealed to be one of the three guest fighters in Mortal Kombat 11's Kombat Pack. Based on the Joker's tendencies, you can't help but think that the Joker belongs in the Mortal Kombat universe.

Although the Injustice series really pushed the limits as to what Joker was able to do against his opponents, we'll finally be able to see some truly gruesome sequences that he most likely wasn't allowed to do against the heroes of the DC Universe.

While we wait for January 28, 2020 (Joker's release date), let us speculate on how the Clown Prince of Crime will play in Mortal Kombat 11.

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Seventeen-year-old digital artist knocks our socks off with these otherworldly fighting game character depictions

We first caught sight of Mizuri's art because Mortal Kombat co-creator Ed Boon was impressed enough by it to retweet with a caption deeming it "Next level Amazing." He wasn't wrong.

The 17-year-old digital artist from Melbourne is a self-taught fount of artistic skill. While they don't stick solely to fighting game characters, they have plenty of pieces depicting roster members from franchises like Marvel vs. Capcom, Mortal Kombat, and Injustice.

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An absolutely crazy Dhalsim sequence, the Shang Tsung glitch abused, and father and son Goku 100% combo: Funny and Cool Moments episode 112

What are all of those exciting, strange, and unbelievable moments in fighting games if only you and your opponent ever get to see them? The Funny and Cool Moments series has been rounding up some of the best clips from across the internet for some time now, and today we're treated with the 112th episode.

Creator LiangHuBBB brings us a fresh installment of the video series that showcases plenty of incredible bits of footage across numerous games. Included here we see new games like Samurai Shodown and even upcoming title Granblue Fantasy: Versus.

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Steam's epic Summer Sale features huge savings on big fighting game titles like Mortal Kombat 11, Soul Calibur 6, Dragon Ball FighterZ and dozens more

The biggest PC gaming sale of the year is finally upon us with the Steam Summer Sale which may prove to be one of the best times ever to pick up some fighting games for cheap.

There are over 50 different titles and their DLC currently discounted until July 9 including some of the largest titles of the past few years like Mortal Kombat 11, Soul Calibur 6 and so much more.

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Arya Stark as Scorpion, Dennis Smith Jr. as Sub-Zero, Pikachu as Raiden... BossLogic is at it again

We weren't in the least surprised to hear that Australian digital artist BossLogic has been involved in a collaboration with Marvel/Disney for some amazing Avengers: Endgame art, as we've seen his ridiculous talents more than a few times here on EventHubs before.

When he's not helping titans of popular culture make their products look even better, Boss tends to show his love for fighting games via celebrity/character crossovers as well as original creations depicting some of our favorite fighters.

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There's a scene in Shazam! where he plays Mortal Kombat, which was made by the guys that brought you Injustice, which featured Shazam...

From Suicide Squad to Aquaman to Bat Affleck and all the in-betweens, I haven't given much thought to seeing most of the modern DC superhero films. Given its comedic nature and more unique approach, there was about a 90% chance that I was going to go see Shazam!, and that percentage has now spiked up to 100.

Any superhero film that isn't afraid to take itself lightly actually calls for some pretty thoughtful writing, (unlike almost everything we've seen in recent DC films) and seeing a quick clip out of the upcoming film recently posted by NetherRealm Studios' Ed Boon has me sold that Shazam!'s writing room was a-thinkin'.

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'We would love to make like a Marvel fighting game or a Marvel vs. D.C.' — Mortal Kombat creator Ed Boon talked with Marvel about making a fighter

Marvel heroes and villains duking it out in fighting games isn't exactly a new concept. We've typically seen Capcom implement Marvel's characters in their "Marvel vs. Capcom" series.

Much to the disappointment of fans, there's never been an attempt at a "Marvel vs. D.C. Universe" type of fighting game. Still, Ed Boon's recent comments during Game Informer's 166 Rapid-Fire Questions session were certainly very interesting.

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Final Round 2019 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Final Round 2019 is taking place this weekend in Hapeville, Georgia, and it's a massive event for several different games. This is the kickoff for the Capcom Pro Tour season, but don't let that fool you into thinking Street Fighter is the only thing happening. There are a wealth of high-profile figbhting games featured at this event, which are all listed further down.

First off, let's list some of the notable players showing up for this prestigious event — RB|Gachikun, Rohto|Tokido, FD|Fujimura, Momochi, Mouz|Problem X, FOX|NuckleDu, CO|Go1, FOX|SonicFox, CYG|Fuudo, GGP|Kazunoko, CO|Dogura, REC|Punk, FAV|Sako, GO|Luffy, Justin Wong, RZR|Xian, NVD|Phenom, RB|Bonchan, NRG|HookGangGod, EQNX|Joey Fury, UYU|NL, Disrupt|Shadow20z, Verloren, Liquid|John Takeuchi, UYU|OilKing, MrKwiggle, DNG|Itabashi Zangief, FD|Haitani, GRPT|MOV, BC|Tachikawa, CYG|GamerBee, Rise|Smug, Mago, W2W|KnowKami, UGS|XCaliburBladez, Co-D|Hoodless, SB|DoomSnake, ElectrifiedMann, RRQ|Moke, NRG|Supernoon, UGS|BBoyDragon, Disrupt|Joonya20z, KoDee and of course many, many more.

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Here's how DLC has worked for NetherRealm Studios' previous fighting games — can this help in seeing how much we're getting for Mortal Kombat 11?

NetherRealm Studios have truly brought their franchises to a new high ever since the release of Mortal Kombat 9 back in 2011.

Since then, we have not only seen the Mortal Kombat franchise grow stronger than ever, but we've also seen the birth of an entirely new fighting game franchise in the DC Comics crossover Injustice, which NetherRealm has made two games of so far.

We've also seen rosters change quite a bit in both of these cases, with some characters being revamped, others disappearing entirely between entries and brand new characters being created and added.

Mortal Kombat 11 seems to be no exception — we've already gotten a look at brand new fighter Geras, and we've seen that some characters who sat out the last installment, such as Baraka, Kabal and Skarlet are now back in the fray.

With the launch roster for Mortal Kombat 11 rumored to be at 25 characters due to the character select screen we've seen in playable builds, that's a fairly robust starting point.

We already know, though, that there's DLC coming, with Ed Boon claiming that people will freak out when you see the picks they have for it, meaning that there's no telling what size the roster will end up at after post-launch support.

What we can do, though, is take a look at the growth we've seen so far in DLC output from NetherRealm Studios in their previous four modern fighting games. It's actually increased with every game — so let's look at how much we got in each title, and how long it took between each release.

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Frosty Faustings XI results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Frosty Faustings XI is taking place this weekend — or to be more specific, this Friday and Saturday — in Illinois.

This is a pretty huge event with more than 1200 entrants total, so the competition is going to be off the charts for several of the games present.

Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate both have over 200 entrants, while BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Soul Calibur 6, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], Tekken 7, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition and the event's Mystery Tournament all have over 100 entrants each.

Besides these titles, you can also expect tournament play to be streamed for Skullgirls: 2nd Encore, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Vampire Savior (Darkstalkers), Windjammers, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars, Pokkén Tournament DX, King of Fighters 14, Guilty Gear XX Accent Core +R, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Melty Blood: Actress Again Current Code, Super Sailor Moon S, Fighting EX Layer, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Injustice 2, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Killer Instinct.

Players set to attend include NuckleDu, REC|Punk, NRG|HookGangGod, LostSoul, UYU|Cloud805, EG|NYChrisG, BC|LordKnight, 1UP|PepperySplash, PG|MarlinPie, Teresa, Disrupt|Shadow20z, BjornSonOfBear, FF|ElvenShadow, Jona, FOX|Dekillsage, TS|Arturo Sanchez, Mr. K, Hotashi, NRG|Supernoon, Brian_F, Disrupt|Joonya20z, BxA|Blaze, ITS|ShinBlade, ITS|Mak, UYU|BeautifulDude, Foo, JodyThaGreat and many, many more.

Streaming is being done at BG Callisto, Low Kick Tournaments, Team Spooky, Will English IV, rs Blackrose and Unrivaled Tournaments.

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'Everyone is Here', SonicFox and Go1's rivalry, Tokido's emotional bout with Daigo and more: Here are the best fighting game moments from 2018

2018 will likely go down as one of the best years for fighting games as a genre since its renaissance a decade ago beginning with the launch of Street Fighter 4, and that momentum appears to be carrying through into 2019 as well.

We're here today to go over the best announcements, the hypest matches and the strongest games to release last year with Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez, Jonathan 'Catalyst' Grey, Nicholas 'MajinTenshinhan' Taylor and myself each giving our thoughts of our favorite moments from 2018.

Dragon Ball FighterZ was a great way to start off the year with a title that would essentially unite the entire fighting game community in a way that no other fighter had essentially managed to do before leading to some of the best EVO numbers ever and a great rivalry between FOX|SonicFox and CO|Go1.

The other monster reveal / release for the community came by way of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's announcement and lead up that gave fans almost every thing they've been asking for for almost 20 years — besides Waluigi.

Outside of those two behemoths, we saw an enormous amount of other titles come out during the calendar year including Soul Calibur 6, BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle, Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late[St], Fighting EX Layer and smaller games like Blade Strangers plus many more.

Continued developer support was also a major theme of 2018 where Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition launched along with Tekken 7, The King of Fighters 14, Injustice 2 and more all receiving new DLC and pro circuit support to keep games and scenes alive. You can check out our full (semi-ranked) list after the jump, and let us know your favorite moments of the past year in the comments.

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Kumite in Tennessee 2019 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

We've just barely entered the new year, and we already have a slew of events upon us.

Kumite in Tennessee is one of them, and as you'd expect, it's taking place in Tennessee — more specifically, Franklin, Tennessee.

With Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Tekken 7 both having over 100 entrants, and Soul Calibur 6, Dragon Ball FighterZ and Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition all being above 50 entrants each, respectively, this is going to be a pretty loaded event.

The games being played besides the aforementioned five are BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Injustice 2, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Mortal Kombat XL, King of Fighters 14, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Killer Instinct and Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2.

Some of the notable players attending include Lil Majin, Disrupt|Shadow20z, BC|Biohazard, CuddleCore, SB|JB, W2W|KnowKami, Neon, Pokchop, BC|HoneyBee, MnT|Trungy, SperoGin, KoDee, TS|Arturo Sanchez and of course many more beyond that.

Streaming is being done at Team Spooky, VG Boot Camp, NYC Furby, HXC Gaming Events and TNEA Live.

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Best Funny and Cool Moments of 2018 released by LiangHuBBB features unending combos, mind boggling mix ups, baffled reactions, and more

January 1st is rapidly approaching. That means that we'll soon be looking back at 2018 as we enter the new year.

LiangHuBBB recently uploaded a compilation that lasts for nearly 27 minutes. Essentially, these are the best "Funny and Cool" moments of 2018 highlighted in one video.

Many games are featured during the video. These include Street Fighter 5, Injustice 2, Street Fighter 4, Soul Calibur 6, Tekken 7, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Dragon Ball FighterZ, and more.

As a quick warning, there are a number of hype moments that have some NSFW language in them. Notably, the combos are unending, the mix ups will cause some double takes, the glitches are hilarious, and the everything is stylish.

Of course, there are also the type of moments in fighting games that... can't easily be explained. You really have to see them to believe them.

My personal favorite moment featured showcased SonicSol's reaction to having Falke's bo staff attack whiff punished. While it's a common thing for a character's hurtbox to be attached to their attacks — even if it's a weapon attack — this is hilarious all the same.

Be sure to let us know which moment was your favorite from the video after the jump.

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NEC 19 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

NEC 19 is taking place this weekend in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.

This event is hosting a ton of different games, with the most entered one being Soul Calibur 6 at over 250 participants, meaning that stakes are going to be very high for everyone involved.

Besides this, the event will also be hosting tournaments for Tekken 7, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], Dead or Alive 5: Last Round and Pokkén Tournament DX.

Some of the notable names showing up include FOX|SonicFox, Dragon, PAG|Grover, BxA|PartyWolf, Saiyne, Linkorz, UGS|XCaliburBladez, MrKwiggle, Flux, PG|MarlinPie, W2W|KnowKami, FSD|Rikuto and KPB|JDR, though there are obviously many more as well.

There are several other games not listed on the main stream schedule as well that may have side streams such as Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Killer Instinct and Injustice 2, so make sure to check around if those are being streamed separately if you're interested.

Streaming is being done at Bifuteki, Funky P, Bros Calamity, KPB Live and TSB Blaze.

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MMA Exprience results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

There's a hyped event happening today in Brazil, that happens to have some fighting games present at it as well.

MMA Experience is an event which aims to bridge the gap between MMA and other forms of entertainment, with gaming being one part of it.

At this event, they'll be having grand finals matches in Injustice 2 and Mortal Kombat XL, featuring two of the region's best players duking it out.

In both games, these matches will be held between NRS game powerhouses KillerXinok and Konqueror249.

If you're excited to see some top tier matches in these games, especially with the Mortal Kombat 11 hypetrain having just started, tune in and watch it live.

Streaming is being done at Talent Play TV.

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'Loot boxes will represent a $50 billion industry by 2022' - Federal Trade Commission to investigate loot boxes as possible gambling practices

Loot boxes and micro transactions are phrases that many people don't exactly like to hear when they're about to pick up a new game due to their random nature and introduction of often paid luck to competitive titles which has caught the eye of governments around the world for other reasons.

The chairman of the Federal Trade Commission in the US, Joseph Simmons, told Congress on Tuesday, November 27, that the agency will be looking into video game loot boxes after a number of other nations have taken similar steps to see if they are comparable to gambling.

US Sen. Maggie Hassan also said during the hearing that loot boxes are "endemic" to the gaming industry in its entirety and is worried that children may be at risk from predatory practices.

"Loot boxes will represent a $50 billion industry by the year 2022 according to the latest research estimates," said Hassan. "Children may be particularly susceptible to engaging with these in-game purchases which are often considered integral components of video games."

Belgium has already previously found video game loot boxes to be a form of gambling according to their own commissions and announced that games like Overwatch, Counter Strike:GO and FIFA 18 were all in violation of the countries gambling laws. Some publishers like EA are fighting these regulations, however, as they are currently refusing to remove their loot boxes from FIFA 19's Ultimate Team mode while others like Blizzard have removed theirs in the country.

A number of current, major fighting game titles, like Street Fighter 5, include modes that work like loot boxes, so how could these rulings and investigations affect them?

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