Five eSports practices the fighting game community should take from Dota 2

Yahoo eSports' Michael "Bizarro Mike" Martin wrote a very interesting and very relevant article yesterday titled "Five things the FGC can learn from Dota 2's The International."

Looking at the overall success of events like EVO, Mortal Kombat's ESL majors and the Capcom Pro Tour circuit, there's no denying that the fighting game community is off to a decent start when it comes to eSports, but we have a ways to go before we start garnering attention that other, more established genres like MOBAs do.

In his piece Martin identifies five specific processes that The International, an event that boasted more than a $20 million prize pool, practices that could really help the FGC grow.

While it's not quite apples to apples, these lessons are worth some discussion at the very least, and may propel the FGC to incredible new heights at the very best.

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'That was something I wanted to die with, being one of the only ones to know that' - Boon speaks on recent discoveries in classic Mortal Kombat games

Ed boon has been making the rounds so far at this year's Gamecom, showing off the latest build of Injustice 2. However, during an interview with IGN, the focus shifted to Mortal Kombat for a moment to touch on a quite interesting discovery.

Some of you may remember the discovery of secret menus in the classic Mortal Kombat games that managed to stay hidden for over 20 years. Boon thought it was cool that the community got a kick out of it, but he wasn't thrilled about his secret being uncovered.

At the time, Boon thought that his code was hidden well enough that people wouldn't ever figure it out, but there was no way to see what the future would bring to gaming."I didn't think that 25 years later that somebody could disassemble your code, or that MAME was going to exist," he says.

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Cammy White vs. Sonya Blade... who would win in a fight to the finish? Vote for your favorite, then watch the Death Battle play out

These fighters have been staples of their respective fighting game mega franchises for over twenty years now. Sonya Blade of Mortal Kombat and Cammy White of Street Fighter now finally meet on the battlefield to determine who the stronger femme fatale is.

Both characters have an extensive military background, and have proven time and time again that they can hang with the strongest beings in their universes.

When it boils down to it, we'd probably give the agility edge to Cammy while Sonya boasts technicality with her array of gadgets and tools, but which is more important when fighting to the death?

It's the classic MK vs. SF with two of fighting game's most recognizable figures, let us know who you think will win before you watch by voting in the poll below, then let us know what you thought of outcome in the comments.

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Cammy scouts for her next challenge, Samus takes aim, and pin-up Harley Quinn: Jason Laboy's fighting game cosplay gallery

Our friend Jason Laboy has been building up quite the photography portfolio for some time now. A major part of his repertoire consists of attending various conventions and snapping shots of the best cosplayers he can find.

So, today we thought we'd share some of the work he's produced throughout the past year, as well as a handful of our personal favorites. In this gallery, we have characters from franchises such as Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat, as well as warriors we've seen in games like Injustice, Marvel vs. Capcom, and Super Smash Bros.

Below are just a handful to get you started, but be sure to hit the jump to view the everything.

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VSFighting 2016 results ft. Luffy, Problem X, K-Brad, CCL

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend, the UK has a Capcom Pro Tour ranking event going on in Birmingham, namely VSFighting 2016.

There's more than just Street Fighter 5 on the menu, though. You can also expect to see tournament play in Mortal Kombat XL, Killer Instinct, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, Super Smash Bros. Wii U and Tekken Tag Tournament 2.

Players expected to attend include, but are not limited to, RB|Luffy, PxP|Problem X, EG|K-Brad, AWS|CCL, RSD|MBR, FA|Ryan Hart, EVB|Chris Tatarian, PRLS|Packz, Rize|Cobelcog, Brenttiscool, Rize|Brian, UM|ImStillDaDaddy, PRLS|Afii and RSD|Momi.

Check out the action in full right below.

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Ed Boon's not so subtle hint makes Kombat Pack 3 look extremely probable

We know NetherRealm Studios is currently hard at work preparing Injustice 2 for its 2017 launch, but it's looking more and more like we're still going to be seeing at least one more hurrah for Mortal Kombat XL.

NRS' Creative Director, Ed Boon, directly brought up the idea of creating a third Kombat Pack upgrade for MKXL thinly disguised as a poll about the Xbox One S:

Boon's lighthearted and somewhat mischievous Twitter presence is surely something to factor in here, but we'd be fairly surprised if an unprovoked mention of KP3 like this didn't lead to something more.

How likely do you think it is that we see a KP3 come to fruition, and which characters would you hope to see most if it does?

Sent in by Sean_Saibot.

Popo can take care of himself, Takuma topples an entire team, and much more - The Beast's new video has some of the best comebacks of all time

Stealing a victory from an opponent when you're on the brink of death is one of the most emotionally charged moments in fighting games. It's hard to find a moment more tense than operating on a sliver of life; every decision is make or break.

The BEAST has put together a compilation of moments that express that tension. The video features some of the most impressive comeback plays in a wide variety of different games.

For example, in this match, IGL|Bala found himself with his back to the wall. With only Takuma left to defend his tournament life, he manages to pull off a reverse OCV against CafeID|Mad KoF.

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PC release comes in ahead of a balance patch by just 7% - check out the results of the Mortal Kombat XL poll

Yesterday, Ed Boon took to Twitter to run a poll gauging interest in what the fans wanted to see for Mortal Kombat XL's future.

The results are in, and after just over 13,000 votes were tallied up, it looks like the community wants to see balance changes almost as much as they want to see MKXL come to PC.

PC players definitely got burned with Mortal Kombat XL's release skipping them over in favor of focusing on developing the console version of the game. It's just as good to see that this is still something on the developers minds as it is to see fans still making their voices heard on the matter.

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Defend The North 2016 results ft. ChrisG, Julio, LI Joe, Flash

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Defend The North 2016 is taking place this weekend over in White Plains, New York. This East Coast event marks another Ranking event on this year's Capcom Pro Tour.

The fighting games you can expect to see this weekend include Street Fighter 5, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Mortal Kombat XL, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Killer Instinct, Skullgirls, and Pokken Tournament.

Day 1 begins with the team tournaments, and we will be seeing players such as NYChrisG, FOX|Julio, LI Joe, NVT|Flash, EG|K-Brad, EG|Ricki Ortiz, F3|alucarD, PIE|Smug, RN|Alex Myers, IFC Yipes, TS|Arturo Sanchez, PG|Coach Steve, Golden Cen, UA|Bass, PAG|Pink Diamond, and more compete throughout the weekend. Because Juri's release was earlier this week, she will not be playable in the Street Fighter 5 tournament.

You can find the live stream and schedule after the jump.

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Ed Boon wants to hear the voices of the fans yet again; new Twitter poll asks what news would be the most anticipated

Even though NetherRealm studios has Injustice 2 cooking for us, Ed Boon clearly has not forgotten about Mortal Kombat.

Yesterday Boon took to Twitter for a bit of his usual antics, this time around asking the fans about what news they'd like to see the most on Mortal Kombat XL. Taking a look at the options that the poll provides should definitely raise more than a few eyebrows. Now Boon's been polling the fans more often than not as of late, but this time around the options that are missing from the poll are just as curious as the ones that are present.

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Big news for Mortal Kombat XL on the horizon according to Boon

Ed Boon is back at it again, stirring the pot a bit on Twitter. This time around he takes a moment to address not having a big reveal for Mortal Kombat X at EVO this year.

It wasn't too long ago that Boon was polling Twitter to gauge community opinion on which characters in Mortal Kombat could use a buff, so it's definitely interesting to see him confirm that something is coming up soon.

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Sabin's clutch win over Momochi at the buzzer, PR Balrog and Bonchan double KO, Hungrybox resets the bracket: EVO 2016 highlights

With EVO 2016 now over, we thought it'd be a great time to share with you, the EventHubs reader, some of our favorite moments from the event.

Featured in tonight's batch of highlights, you'll see clips from some of the main games on the EVO line up, featuring players such as BST|Daigo, Tokido, RZR|Fuudo, Liquid|Hungrybox, EG|Momochi, EG|PR Balrog, TS|Sabin, Ally, and more.

To kick us off, we have one of the most amazing sets to take place over the course of the entire EVO weekend. Former Mad Catz teammates Tokido and Daigo squared off in an intense Ryu mirror match.

Tokido showed that he was able to keep up with Daigo's top-level footsies, so to mix things up, Daigo threw out a number of quick overheads to keep Tokido honest. In the GIF below, you can see Daigo gain ground with a double dash and end the round with forward + medium punch.

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Legendary basketball Hall of Famer and sportscaster Bill Walton explains the magic of EVO

Basketball Hall of Famer and ESPN college basketball analyst, Bill Walton, is feeling the eSports fever. Back at E3 this year, we saw him enter the Street Fighter 5 "Editor's Only" tournament in which only media personnel were permitted to compete.

Over the weekend, Walton joined the crowds at EVO 2016 in Las Vegas, and based on this recent video from ESPN SportsCenter, it looks as though he had the time of his life.

Walton explains why it is that, at the age of 63, he's found a new love in competitive fighters. "My future is the business of sport," Walton begins. "And this is what the business of sport is all about for all of our futures."

He goes on to describe the passion and emotion he experienced from watching some of the world's greatest champions compete, as well as the roar of the audience showing their support.

To check out Bill Walton's full segment, be sure to hit the jump.

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EVO 2016 results feat. Infiltration, Tokido, Armada, Momochi, SonicFox

Updated with final results for EVO 2016: This story has been updated with final results from EVO 2016.

Another year has gone by, which means that yet another EVO has come - and this is the biggest on yet, by far. Entrants are through the roof, and we have a full spectator's guide available if you want to know what's going on with your favorite game.

The main games this year are Street Fighter 5, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, Pokkén Tournament, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Mortal Kombat XL, Tekken 7: Fated Retribution and Killer Instinct.

In case your most liked game isn't on the official list, worry not. There's also bound to be a huge amount of side-tournaments, including a developer-sponsored one for the yet-to-be-released King of Fighters 14.

As for players attending, there are so many that there's no point even trying to list them all. Thankfully, as always, there's a very handy Player Locator you can use to search for whichever players you happen to be looking for, and see what brackets they're in, how they're currently doing, and what games they've entered.

Streaming is being done on SRK EVO 1, SRK EVO 2, SRK EVO 3, SRK EVO 4, Capcom Fighters and Tekken.

Check out the full tournament action below.

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Twitch is making sure that you can 'cheer' for your favorites this weekend at EVO, let Mike Ross and Bobby Scar tell you how

This year's EVO is already off to a massive start, and things can only get better as the weekend goes on. The hype is definitely far from over, and starting today, Twitch is bringing something special to the viewing experience.

Not too long ago, Twitch launched the beta for a new feature called Cheering, which essentially gives viewers a new alternative way to support their favorite casters outside of subscribing, or donating.

The Cheering feature will be making its way to the EVO feed this weekend, offering viewers the opportunity to directly support their favorite players and commentators.

You can participate in the cheering this weekend by purchasing Bits. Bits are a special currency currently used to purchase animated emotes, and a matching badge that will appear next to your name in chat.

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