King of Fighters stories

World E-Sports Legendary League early results, stream ft. Qudans, Xiao Hai, E.T., Noroma, Reynald, M', Dakou, Pako, Luis Cha, Naiwang, Dee-On and more

Update: This story has been updated with day 1 results.

This wekeend, the World E-Sports Legendary League is taking place in Changsha, China.

This event features some old-school games, namely King of Fighters '97, King of Fighters '94 and Samurai Shodown 2, but the focus is on two modern titles.

Tekken 7, and even moreso King of Fighters 14, have a very heavy focus at this event.

For King of Fighters 14, 8 of the world's top players were invited, expenses paid, to compete against eachother. Unfortunately, one of the invited players, WhiteAshX could not make it and was replaced with Naiwang. The other players participating are DouyuTV|Xiao Hai, E.T., AS|Reynald, M', PandaTV|Dakou, Pako and Luis Cha.

For Tekken 7, the Tekken World Tour champion Qudans attended, as well as several other top players such as COOASGAMES|Noroma and Dee-On.

Streaming is mainly being done on DouyuTV, though King of Fighters 14 is also being restreamed on Romance's Twitch channel.

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NEC 18 early results, streams ft SonicFox, ChrisG, XCaliburBladez, Dragon, MrKwiggle, MarlinPie, Theo, JB, LostSoul, WhiteBoi, SperoGin, Flux and more

Update: This story has been updated with day 1 results.

The annual Big E event Northeast Championship is taking place this weekend in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in its latest installment NEC 18.

This is a big event for many games, and will have the finals of this year's Dead or Alive 5 Battle Royale, so that's definitely something to look forward to.

Besides Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, games being featured are Street Fighter 5, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Tekken 7, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Injustice 2, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], BlazBlue: Central Fiction, King of Fighters 14, Pokkén Tournament DX, ARMS, Windjammers, Skullgirls: 2nd Encore, Marvel vs. Capcom 2 and a few other games depending on entrants.

Notable players attending include FOX|SonicFox, EG|NYChrisG, UGS|XCaliburBladez, ALG|Dragon, MrKwiggle, PG|MarlinPie, FOX|Theo, SB|JB, PAG|LostSoul, RNG|WhiteBoi, vS|SperoGin, Method|Flux, Circa|JoeyD, Circa|ForeverKing, Noble|iLuusions, PG|Coach Steve, FSD|Teru Rock, TSB|Mynus, PG|RayRay, SYN|Rojikku Reigns, ON|Vicio, GXR|Hoodless, NG|Obscure, DC|LazieFreddy, OniJin, PAG|Grover, FSD|Rikuto, NS|Ludovic, UGS|BlackmoonrisingX, ITS|Maknificent and many more.

With 5 games having around or more than 100 entrants, there's going to be a lot of action going on no matter your game of choice, so tune in to the action.

Streaming is being done at Bifuteki, Funky P, KPB Live, Kombat Network, Team Spooky, TSB Blaze and Atari FGC.

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What's the best way to keep DLC fair for both development companies and paying customers?

Downloadable content has become a staple in modern gaming, whether you like it or not, and it's highly unlikely that this practice will go away anytime soon, if ever.

What's important for developers to understand, though, is that very few people are inherently opposed to the concept of downloadable content, but the practices some companies employ with their implementation of it can turn fans against you very quickly.

Although we've already had articles talking about these issues, there's always more to talk about when it comes to something so ingrained in modern gaming.

As such, I've decided to go more in-depth with how players should be treated by companies when it comes to DLC practices.

In this article, I'll be looking at fighting games specifically, and outline generally how companies should try to handle DLC for optimal fan satisfaction, as well as looking as some examples of how current games, such as Street Fighter 5 and Injustice 2, handle their DLC.

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Sick King of Fighters XIV combo exhibition by the Combonauts featuring Antonov, Gang-Il, Ryo, Bandeiras, and Kensou

Guess who's back with yet another awesome King of Fighters XIV combo video? If you guessed "COMBONAUTS," then you guessed correctly -- or you just looked at the headline.

It's actually been about five months since they've released their last compilation of combos for the game. This makes it quite a treat.

The sequences shown off here incorporate multiple fighters. It's not just focused on a single character.

We get combos for Antonov, Gang-Il, Ryo, Bandeiras, and Kensou. If you play any of these combatants, then you might learn a few new tricks by watching this video.

First off, let's start with one of Ryo's combo. Given, this is super situational as you need to hit with his projectiles in a very specific way.

If you land everything correctly, you can take out a gigantic chunk of the opponent's life.

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Hellpockets - I play #KOFBecause I enjoy the characters, the lore, and the community history that I learn about every day

SNK stated in its latest financial publication via the Official Gazzette that it is experiencing a significant rise in sales. Compared to its previous 558-million-yen deficit, SNK boasted a profit of 3.105 billion yen during the August 2016 – July 2017 term.

Siliconera states that this redirect is in part due to SNK’s acquisition by 37Games, a Chinese company that refocused efforts from pachinko slot machines back to video gaming and licensing work.

This transition was an obvious success. Characters from SNK’s King of Fighters XIV have been featured in a multitude of mobile games, to boot, creating revenue opportunities via franchise cross-overs.

FGC commentator Zhi made a tweet prior to the press release that holds true in this instance: “We are seeing this marketing strategy employed with perfection in fighting games, and players benefit from the fan service.” A quick search through the app store reveals a plethora of SNK titles shuttled to iOS, as well, including some classics like Garou: Mark of the Wolves, KOF ’98, and more.

SNK has similarly ported their classic games to the PSN store. This focus on nostalgic titles mixed with modern mobile gaming has steered the company in a more positive fiscal direction, and has fans looking toward the future with hope. Will we see a new Fatal Fury? What about Samurai Showdown?

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Romance: I've learned about real life from my King of Fighters friends... they're family that help you when there's no Roll Cancel or V-Reversal

“It has been some years already,” Romance recalled. “I remember I was a kid when Dad sold a piece of land trying to help with a rough economic situation. My parents came back to Mexico after being in the USA for a whole year working, while my uncles were taking care of my brothers and me.

It was in my small town in Michoacan, Mexico. The buyer offered my father a few cabinets, or arcade machines, to seal the deal. That is where everything started.”

KOFRomance is a notable voice within the fighting game community. Known for his work in the King of Fighters scene, he is making moves to push the series into the spotlight. He sat down to discuss his history in fighting games and his efforts to grow the KOF community.

His childhood played a particularly important role in sparking his love for fighting games. “My passion for video games was about to take over me. Mortal Kombat 1, Street Fighter 2, and more NES games were there.

That other cabinet left... the one made me wake up everyday with the illusion of, ‘Get better and finish it!’ Takuma/Karate was hard to fight. ART OF FIGHTING was my first fighting game.”

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New Saudi Arabian female character and Masmak fort stage coming to King of Fighters 14 as DLC

The King of Fighters 14 is receiving a brand new character and stage, SNK has announced.

This new content is the result of a recent social media contest held by the company, in conjunction with Manga Productions, that prompted fans from the Middle East to design a character and stage to appear in the 3v3 fighting title. Over 300 entries were received from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Iraq, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and more, Gematsu reports.

Two designs were chosen, naturally, and the winners are as follows. The new character is a female fighter from Najd created by Mashael Al-Barrak of Saudi Arabia. As for the stage, we'll be seeing a modern day Masmak fort, courtesy of Zainab Al-Lawaty from Oman.

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SNK sees large increase in sales and profits, according to latest financial report

It seems that things are looking way up for SNK right now.

The company recently shared their latest financial report in the Official Gazette's latest publication, and Siliconera reports that the numbers are very strong.

The financial statement notes that SNK's sales hit 4.281 billion yen from August 2016 to July 2017. This is up from the 3.203 billion yen the company saw during the same period last year.

SNK's ordinary income for this period was 1.986 billion yen, another increase over last year's 1.317 billion yen.

The largest increase, however, came from their net profit. According to the financial statement, this number comes in at a staggering 3.105 billion yen for the aforementioned term, which is a major change from the 558 million yen the prior year.

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Brussels Challenge Road to EVO Japan results ft. Takamura, Will2Pac, Brick, WhiteBl4ck, Nightcross

Brussels Challenge Road to EVO Japan took place today.

As the name suggests, this was a tournament part of a qualifying series where the winner can get their trip to EVO Japan paid for.

This wasn't just a Street Fighter 5 event, but also featured Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite and King of Fighters 14 being played.

Players attending included Epsilon|Takamura, Millénium|Will2Pac, Epsilon|Brick, CDV|WhiteBl4ck, Epsilon|Nightcross, Epsilon|Keftaroz and more.

Streaming was done at Brussels Challenge.

You can find full results for the event below.

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Leaping over the learning curve — why King of Fighters 14 isn't booming like it could be in the US

Triple-A fighting games such as Street Fighter and Marvel vs. Capcom have massive followings within the fighting game community. Almost everyone has picked up an NRS title at some point, be it Mortal Kombat or Injustice 2, and even anime games like Blazblue and Guilty Gear, while part of a niche player base, have their respective audiences.

However, there are some fighting games that rarely make an appearance in both tournaments and on social media, which leaves them largely swept under the rug.

The King of Fighters exists as one of these games. Its newest release, KOF14, sold only 20,655 units in Japan during launch week of August, 2016—lower than its previous title, KOF13.

While SNK has shown support for its competitive scene by creating a KOF World Tournament and updating its social media with tournament information, the community remains relatively sparse. Why is this?

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Canada Cup 2017 results ft Punk, JDCR, NuckleDu, Yukadon, Armada

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Canada Cup 2017 is finally upon us, and it's taking place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

This event is huge for a number of reasons - it's a Capcom Pro Tour Premier Event, in fact, the final one besides the remaining Regionals in Latin America and North America and a Battle for the Stones Event for Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite.

Besides this, it's also got huge prizes on the line for other games, so you'll see some extremely high-level battles in Tekken 7, Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. 4, and other games are also going to have tournaments featured - namely, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Injustice 2, King of Fighters 14 and Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo.

As always, there will also be the traditional Street Fighter 5 5v5 tournament between countries or regions in the world, so there's a lot to enjoy from this event.

Of course, an event can't be more than the players participating, which luckily makes Canada Cup 2017 into a hell of an event with almost 300 players participating in Street Fighter 5, and over 100 each in Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. 4, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Tekken 7 and the classic, but not forgotten, Ultra Street Fighter 4.

Here's a sample of the players you can expect to see this weekend: PG|Punk, FOX|JDCR, Liquid|NuckleDu, YouDeal|Yukadon, Alliance|Armada, CYG|Daigo, FOX|Mew2King, GRPT|Fuudo, TSM|Leffen, Mouz|Problem X, Gachikun, CO|Dogura, FOX|MKLeo, C9|Ally, BX3|Phenom, FOX|Justin Wong, MSF|Larry Lurr, FOX|Momochi, CYG|Snake Eyez, LordKnight, RB|Luffy, DNG|Itabashi Zangief, Mago, Ponos|Moke, P1|Duck, CO|Go1, ALG|n0ne, Scarz|Sako, KJH, EMG|KirbyKaze and many more.

Streaming is being done at Capcom Fighters, Battle for the Stones, Canada Cup, Canada Cup 2, Canada Cup 3 and Canada Cup 4.

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Toushinsai 2017 results ft. Machabo, Omito, Ogawa, Nage

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend's a big one for arcade games, because the annual Toushinsai event is taking place in Japan.

As is customary, all games at this event will be played on Arcade.

This event is also the host to the ArcRevo Cup, so ArcSys games hold a special place at the event.

Games being played here include Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Tekken 7: Fated Retribution, King of Fighters 14: Arcade Version, Pokkén Tournament, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], Ultra Street Fighter 4, Nitro Blasterz Plus: Heroines' Infinite Duel, Persona 4: Arena Ultimax, Arcana Heart 3: Love MAX!, Chaos Code: New Sign of Catastrophe, Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax: Ignition, Blade Arcus, Koihime Enbu and Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate Arcade.

There will obviously be a ton of players attending, but just to name a few you'll get to see: Machabo, Omito, Ogawa, Nage, Kazunoko, Garireo, N-O, Dora, Samitto, Rion, FAB, Yoshiki, Karinchu, Fumo and Hasegawa.

Streaming is being done at Toushinsai Official TV.

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Revolution 2017 results ft. Svampen, Kiba, Raven, KingRasta, RAD

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Revolution 2017 is taking place this weekend in London, United Kingdom.

This event features a bunch of different games, with its main focus aimed towards the sub-genre generally referred to as anime games or airdashers, though also featuring games outside of that distinction.

The games you'll be seeing tournament play of are Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], Tekken 7, Gundam Versus, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, King of Fighters 14, Skullgirls: 2nd Encore, Pokkén Tournament DX and Arcana Heart 3: Love Max.

Players attending include the likes of Svampen, Kiba, Raven, KingRasta, RAD, Jackal, Pida, LordSpectreX, Sacred Azure, Nyphi7 - and of course, many more.

This event has 84 entrants for Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 and 78 entrants for BlazBlue: Central Fiction, the event's two main games, so it's definitely going to be action-packed.

Streaming is being done at NGI Events and Nth Gen Media.

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TWFighter Major results ft. Tokido, JDCR, Saint, Haitani, Yukadon

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

With the Capcom Pro Tour drawing ever closer to the end of its current season, the Premier Events are out in full force.

This weekend's big showing is taking place in Taipei, Taiwan.

Besides being a Premier event for Street Fighter 5, this is also a Master Events for Tekken 7, so stakes are high there as well.

The tournament also features King of Fighters 14 and Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2.

Players expected to attend include FOX|Tokido, FOX|JDCR, FOX|Saint, GRPT|Haitani, YouDeal|Yukadon, GRPT|Fuudo, Jeondding, CYG|Daigo, RZR|Infiltration, Gachikun, Chanel, GRPT|MOV, Mago, Ponos|Moke, CO|Go1, FOX|Momochi, Kkokkoma, GGP|Kazunoko, Scarz|Sako, KuroKuro, Pekos, DNG|Itabashi Zangief, EG|K-Brad, PandaTV|Jiewa, Talon|HotDog29, DNG|Tachikawa, Humanbomb, Tse4444 and many more.

Streaming is being done by Capcom Fighters, Tekken, TW Fighter and Taiwan Fighting Festival.

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The Fall Classic 2017 results ft. XCalibur Bladez, Mr. Kwiggle, JoeyFury, Speedkicks

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

One of the many big events going on this weekend is The Fall Classic 2017, taking place in North Carolina.

This is a Masters Event for the Tekken World Tour, so you can bet the Tekken beasts will be out in full force. It's also a key event to the Dead or Alive Battle Royale, so we recommend paying attention to the high level of play in Dead or Alive 5: Last Round as well.

Besides that, the event will also feature tournament play in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Street Fighter 5, Injustice 2, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], BlazBlue: Central Fiction, King of Fighters 14, Pokkén Tournament DX, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Ultra Street Fighter 4 and Mortal Kombat XL.

Another notable factoid about this tournament is that several top level 3rd Strike players from Japan have flown out to compete, so you can expect to see some Co-operation Cup tier gameplay coming your way.

There are also potential to increase the pot size of Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, as well as get some hype exhibition matches. For more details regarding this, go to this Matcherino page.

Players attending this even include, but are not limited to, XCalibur Bladez, Mr. Kwiggle, ITS|JoeyFury, PG|Speedkicks, Kokujin, RX, ITS|Princess Ling, Circa|JoeyD, Xcel|SperoGin, Issei, Rip, Jimmy J Tran, VS|Pokchop, Chi-Rithy, Yakkun and Noble|Vagabond.

Streaming is being done at Bifuteki, Tekken, Funky P, KPB Live and Exodus 3rd.

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Treta 2017 results ft. Brolynho, HKDash, DidimoKOF, Keoma

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Treta 2017 is taking place this weekend in Curitiba, Brazil.

This is a Capcom Pro Tour ranking event - in fact, the very last one for the Latin American portion of the Capcom Pro Tour.

With 128 players signed up for the game, you can bet they're all hungry to grab those final points on the leaderboard.

Although Street Fighter 5 is the main part of this event, there will also be tournament play in Super Smash Bros. 4, Injustice 2, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, King of Fighters 14, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Tekken 7, Mortal Kombat XL and Killer Instinct.

Players attending include F3|Brolynho, Umbrella|HKDash, AAG|DidimoKOF, Vertex|Keoma, Umbrella|Dark, CursoSFV|Paulow3b, SL|Stunner, SHK|Ludo and many more.

Streaming is being done at TRT Champ, Team Dash PR, Kombat Klub and ETC Chile.

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SoCal Regionals 2017 results ft. JDCR, Punk, Saint, Haitani, Momochi

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Although many events are going on this weekend, it's hard to argue that any of them are bigger than SoCal Regionals 2017, taking place in Anaheim, California.

This event isn't only a Premier event for the Capcom Pro Tour, but also a Masters event for the Tekken World Tour and the first Battle for the Stones event for Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite.

Besides these main games, the event will also feature tournament play in Injustice 2, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], Pokkén Tournament DX, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Killer Instinct and King of Fighters 14.

There will also be special exhibitions in the upcoming Final Fantasy: Dissidia NT.

Players you can expect to see at this event are beyond plentiful - FOX|JDCR, PG|Punk, FOX|Saint, GRPT|Haitani, FOX|Momochi, YouDeal|Yukadon, Noble|Dragon, CYG|Snake Eyez, FOX|Justin Wong, PG|Hayatei, SPY|Filipino Champ, EG|NYChrisG, Circa|JoeyFury, FOX|Theo, SPY|RyanLV, PG|Speedkicks, GFuel|Verloren, ITS|Princess Ling, EG|K-Brad, Chris Tatarian, Eanix|Biohazard, /r/Kappa|Jeondding, Circa|JoeyD, PxP|A Foxy Grampa, VS|Pokchop, FP|Suiken, Circa|ForeverKing, NG|Obscure, Noble|iLuusions, CYG|PR Balrog, PND|Madzin, BrianF, XSK Samurai, Circa|LPN, Xcel|SperoGin, ITS|BeautifulDude, WBG|CJ Truth, Flash, 801 Strider, Tempo|Alex Myers, GAM|Caba, NB|DualKevin, PG|RayRay are all expected to attend, and obviously many more will be there alongside them.

Streaming is being done at Capcom Fighters, Tekken, NetherRealm, LevelUp Live, LevelUp Live 2 and EnnyMura.

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