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We will never nerf a character simply because a pro player does well with them says ArcSys Works

We will never nerf a character simply because a pro player does well with them says ArcSys Works battle director

4Gamer recently put up a really long, but super interesting piece talking with some of the developers behind Guilty Gear, BlazBlue, Persona 4: Arena, Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late and Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax.

One of the more interesting moments came from Arc System Works' battle director supervisor, Kazuto "Pachi" Sekine.

Sekine was asked about a remark MCZ|Daigo Umehara made that in essence said if a skilled player tries really hard, the character they use will become nerfed. This panel of developers was asked if they felt that remark was true.

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Canada Cup 2015 results ft. Momochi, GamerBee, Xian, Kazunoko

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The prestigious Canada Cup is upon us again, and not only is it a huge multi-game event, but it's also a Capcom Pro Tour premier event - the last premier event, in fact, that will actually bestow CPT points upon its participants.

The event is set to hos loads of games, including Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Mortal Kombat X, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late, King of Fighters 13, Killer Instinct, Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Persona 4: Arena Ultimax and Skullgirls: 2nd Encore.

As for players attending, you can expect to see EG|Momochi, AvM|GamerBee, RZR|Xian, Kazunoko, RB|Bonchan, RZR|Fuudo, RB|Snake Eyez, MCZ|Tokido, MCZ|Mago, YOMI|Dieminion, EG|PR Balrog, EG|PPMD, PIE|Smug, FA|Ryan Hart, WFX|801 Strider, PG|Filipino Champ, /r/Kappa|Hagejin, /r/Kappa|Misse, /r/Kappa|KitasenjuDJ, Itabashi Zangief, EG|Justin Wong, MOV, EG|K-Brad, EG|Ricki Ortiz, YBK|801 Jayce the Ace, RayRay, IND|Pro Fluke, ESR|Gonzales, DR|StormKubo, LU|Alex Valle, CCG|Air, BCW|Brenttiscool, CCG|Chi-Rithy, TS|Arturo Sanchez, UA|Noel Brown, CT|The Moon, Boreal|Ally, GOL|Ranmasama, TL|CastBlanka, VGP|Chaotix, 12M.OCV|Riceata and more.

Streaming duties will be handled by Capcom Fighters, Canada Cup, Canada Cup 2, Canada Cup 3 and Canada Cup 4.

Hit the jump to check out the action for yourself.

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Defend the North 2015 results ft. SonicFox, Dieminion, Snake Eyez, NuckleDu

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The deadline for gathering Capcom Pro Tour points is almost up, with Defend the North being one of the two last ranking tournaments for the season.

This event will feature a wide array of games, including Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Mortal Kombat X, Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, Killer Instinct, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend, Under Night In-Birth: EXE Late, Persona 4: Arena Ultimax, Skullgirls: 2nd Encore, King of Fighters 13, SoulCalibur 5, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Capcom vs. SNK 2 and Vampire Savior.

As for players attending, you can expect to see cR|SonicFox, YOMI|Dieminion, RB|Snake Eyez, Liquid|NuckleDu, PIE|Smug, KIG|Problem X, EG|Justin Wong, TSC|CD Jr., D-Link|LordKnight, EG|Ricki Ortiz, cR|HoneyBee, RayRay, EMP|DarthArma, cR|Biohazard, TS|Arturo Sanchez, TSC|Sanford Kelly, EMP|Hiro, TSB|Mynus, Zeus, STVG|Flocker, UM|Tyrant, YOMI|Joel, IGT Unknown, PIE|Poem, Kreymore, BIFU|SpabRog, L1|Zaferino, GG|SherryJenix and more.

Streaming duties will be handled by Team Spooky, TS|Arturo Sanchez, Bifuteki and Nica_KO.

Hit the jump to check it out.

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CEOtaku 2015 results ft. Dogura, Go1, Kazunoko, LordKnight

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

If Ultra Street Fighter 4 isn't your jam, no need to worry - Alex Jebailey has got you covered. While this weekend is packed with leagues and premier events across the board, it is also host to CEOtaku, a anime-style fighting game-focused event taking place in Orlando, Florida.

Games being played at this event are Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma, Under Night In-Birth: EXE Late, Persona 4: Arena Ultimax, Melty Blood: Actress Again, Guilty Gear XX Accent Core +R, Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax, Skullgirls: 2nd Encore and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.

People you can expect to see at this event include Dogura, GC|Go1-3151, Kazunoko, D-Link|LordKnight, Yoshiki, FF|ElvenShadow, BananaKen, Mynus, Doren2k, Huey253, Colpevole, TectalEastside, Hotashi, TheBeautifulDude, See Me In +R, dot_Nova, Flux, IG|FullSchedule, Flocker, BT|Viscant, VS|Marvelo, LXG|MiniBoss and more.

Streaming duties are being handled by CEO Gaming and Jyosua. Hit the jump to check out the action in full.

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Nearly 100 BlazBlue competitors and almost 200 Guilty Gear fighters already registered for CEOTaku; check out the full numbers list here

October 17th will kick off Florida's first fighting game convention: CEOTaku. The event will feature over a dozen anime titles, as well as cosplay contests, anime art and more.

The anime scene is excitedly representing their games as BlazBlue Chrono Phantasma Extend already boasts 93 competitors, and Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- already has 183 registrants.

Click on Jefailey to see the full list of games and number of registered participants.

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This list doesn't reflect emergency registration, so numbers may increase a bit once the event is underway. Hit the jump to check out the CEOTaku event trailer.

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SoCal Regionals 2015 results ft. Momochi, Mago, Bonchan, Kazunoko

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend's main event is SoCal Regionals 2015, which is not only a premier Capcom Pro Tour event, but also features high-level tournaments in a bunch of different games, and is taking place in Ontario, California.

The games featured at the event include Ultra Street Fighter 4, Mortal Kombat X, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, King of Fighters 13, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend, Under Night In-Birth: EXE Late, Guilty Gear Accent Core +R, Killer Instinct, Skullgirls: 2nd Encore, Persona 4: Arena Ultimax and Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax.

As for players attending the event, you can expect to see EG|Momochi, MCZ|Mago, RB|Bonchan, Kazunoko, Qanba|Xiao Hai, RB|Snake Eyez, EG|PR Balrog, YOMI|Dieminion, RZR|Fuudo, Liquid|NuckleDu, EG|K-Brad, PXP|A Foxy Grampa, YOMI|DJT, Qanba|Dakou, PG|Filipino Champ, Tempo|Westballz, KIT|Cloud805, WFX|801 Strider, BE|Takumi, YOMI|Slayer, BCW|Chris Tatarian, YOMI|MIT, YP|FilipinoMan, YOMI|Michaelangelo, BT|Clockw0rk, AS|Reynald, GGA|Dizzy, ON|Misterio, HugS, cR|WoundCowboy, LDA|Luis Cha, ApologyMan, CCG|Air, PaulB, Paradigm, Gutter Magic, Reiketsu, RZR|Perfect Legend, YBK|Jayce the Ace, BCW|Brenttiscool, Hsien Chang, 801 iPeru, F3|Alucard, BT|Viscant, Reno, DL|FourWude, MC|XSK Samurai, Julio, EG|ChocoBlanka, BIFU|Coach Steve, NME|Tyrant, Alex Myers, BJ Unchained, BOTB|Marq Teddy, YOMI|Joel, WL|Chris King, GG|Sherryjenix and many more.

Streaming duties are being handled by Capcom Fighters, Level|Up Live, Level|Up Live 2 and Jyosua. Hit the jump to check out the action for yourself.

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Absolute Battle 6 results feat. K-Brad, IFC Yipes, NuckleDu, NoelBHungry, Alucard

Updated with final results: This story has been updated with the final results for Absolute Battle 6.

Absolute Battle 6 is currently taking place in Plano, Texas, and we can expect three days of awesome fighting game action.

Games being played this weekend include Ultra Street Fighter 4, Mortal Kombat X, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Killer Instinct, Dead or Alive 5 Last Round, Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-, BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Extend, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, and Tekken Tag Tournament 2. There will also be side tournaments featuring Street Fighter 3 Third Strike, Puzzle Fighter, and more.

EG|K-Brad, TSC|IFC Yipes, Liquid|NuckleDu, RZR|Perfect Legend, GoL|Ranmasama, BP|Brolylegs, F3|Alucard, LOD|OMG Itz Andre, VGP|Chaotix, TFA|German Luger, NoelBHungry, GoldenBoyNeo, and more will be competing. Once brackets are live, they will be available over on VersusGameplay's Challonge.

Additionally, AB6 will be host to another installment in the Ultra Fight Night exhibition series. Five bouts will be played out in both Ultra Street Fighter 4 and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, and the main event will be Tommy Gunz vs. Crackfiend.

Hit the jump to check out the live streams and schedule.

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The Fall Classic 2015 results ft. SonicFox, Snake Eyez, Dieminion, Kwiggle

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The Fall Classic 2015 is taking place this weekend in Raleigh, North Carolina.

This event is the host of many different games, so you can expect to see Ultra Street Fighter 4, Mortal Kombat X, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Killer Instinct, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Soul Calibur 5, King of Fighters 13, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late and Persona 4: Arena Ultimax being played.

As for players expected to show up, they include cR|SonicFox, RB|Snake Eyez, YOMI|Dieminion, PIE|Smug, Liquid|NuckleDu, EG|Justin Wong, EG|K-Brad, Kwiggle, XCaliburBladez, YOMI|ForeverKing, YOMI|MIT, TS|LordKnight, WFX|801 Strider, CTRL|Unkn0wn, STVG|Flocker, YOMI|Michaelangelo, YOMI|REO, YOMI|DJT, SWS|Fatality, EVB|Kitana Prime, YOMI|Slayer, YOMI|SaltFace, F3|Alucard, LU|Alex Valle, BOTB|Tampa Bison, HitBox|Tyrant, TS|NerdJosh, Damdai and more.

Streaming duties are being handled by Team Spooky, Bifuteki, FunkyP, Kombat Network and Smash Studios.

Hit the jump to check out the event.

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Summer Jam 9 results ft. Dieminion, SonicFox, Snake Eyez, XCaliburBladez, DaBuz

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend's biggest multi-game event is Summer Jam 9, which features a whopping 16 fighting games that we'll be covering for you this weekend.

The games featured at the event include Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Mortal Kombat X, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Persona 4: Arena Ultimax, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend, Under Night In-Birth: EXE Late, Killer Instinct, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, SoulCalibur 5, Skullgirls, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike and King of Fighters 13.

This is a Capcom Pro Tour ranking event, so Ultra Street Fighter 4 points are up for grabs, but it's also a qualifier for the Dead or Alive 5: Last Round Battle Royale, the finals of which are taking place at NEC in December of this year, so there's a lot at stake.

Also, a lot of high-level competitors are attending. You can expect to see Liquid|NuckleDu, cR|SonicFox, RB|Snake Eyez, PIE|Smug, Tempo|NYChrisG, MC Kwiggle, XCaliburBladez, YOMI|Dieminion, KIG|Problem X, EG|Ricki Ortiz, cR|HoneyBee, IQHQ|DaBuz, TS|LordKnight, YOMI|MIT, WFX|801 Strider, YOMI|ForeverKing, EG|K-Brad, MC Static, RZR|Perfect Legend, SweetRevenge, BX3TPL|Phenom, TSC|IFC Yipes, DJ Nintendo, YOMI|Slayer, FF|ElvenShadow, The Moon, YOMI|REO, Master, Zhu, YOMI|DJT, Flux, YOMI|Michaelangelo, KIT|Cloud805, EH|Velociraptor, CTRL|Unkn0wn, ModBot|6WX, BCW|Brenttiscool, Julio, TS|NerdJosh, IQHQ|DKWill, UM|RMZ, Cactuar, PAG|Glitch, OG|Shine and more.

Streaming duties are being handled by Team Spooky, TS|Arturo Sanchez, KombatNetwork, KPB Live, Smash Studios and Nica_KO.

Hit the jump for the live streams and stream schedule.

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SCR Prelude 2 results ft. Jayce the Ace, Filipin0man, Alex Myers, Chris King, Tyrant

Updated: Final results and archives have been added.

Earlier: SCR Prelude 2 is taking place today in Anaheim, California. This one-day event is the second of two tournaments leading up to SoCal Regionals 2015.

Games being played today include Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Mortal Kombat X, Killer Instinct, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-, BlazBlue Chrono Phantasma, and Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax.

Jayce the Ace, Filipin0man, Alex Myers, WL|Chris King, HB|Tyrant, Miniboss, GutterMagic, and more will be competing, so be sure to tune in! You can find the brackets over on Level|Up's Challonge page.

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

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Arc Revolution Cup 2015 results ft. Ogawa, Garireo, Chou, Rion, FAB, N-O, Tahichi, Dora, Makkii, Yoshiki, Souji, LordKnight, KojiKOG and more

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Arc Revolution Cup is one of the most prestigious events for the so-called anime fighting games, and this year's event is upon us.

The tournament will feature 3v3 competitions in Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend and Persona 4: Arena Ultimax as well as a singles tournament in Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st]. With both Guilty Gear and BlazBlue boasting a 500,000 yen prize for the first placers and Persona and UNIEL with a respectable 300,000 and 100,000, respectively, this is definitely the time to give it your all.

Competitors you can expect to show up include Ogawa, Garireo, Chou, Rion, FAB, N-O, NB|Tahichi, Dora, Makkii, Yoshiki, NB|Souji, TS|LordKnight, KojiKOG and many, many more.

Hit the jump to check the live action from the event out.

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Official flyer for CEOtaku details tournament date, main and side games, and more

Having been advertised for a while after this year's stellar showing at CEO, CEOtaku is an anime-fighter only major tournament looking to bring the anime community an overwhelming experience.

Recently, CEO Gaming has posted the official flyer for CEOtaku, showing that the event will take place on October 17th-18th, and what games will be run, including Blazblue: Chrono Phantasma, Arcana Heart 3 Love Max, Skullgirls 2nd Encore, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, Guilty Gear Xrd, Melty Blood Actress Again, Catherine, and many more.

The event is certainly lining up to be huge, and potentially a pinnacle event for the anime community. Registration for the event will go up on August 19th on CEO Gaming's main website.

Hit the jump to check out the tweet containing the official flyer.

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NESiCAxLive now in the United States at Round 1 in California, more locations potentially receiving it

Though it's been quite a long time since we talked about NESiCAxLive, an arcade board that allows the legitimate downloading of countless games and updates onto a single unit digitally, we can finally report that a unit has come to the United States.

The first unit is at Round 1, an arcade in Los Angeles, California (Puente Hills). This could have an enormous impact on the arcade scene in the United States, mixing cost effective convenience for business owners with a huge library of titles for players.

In the announcement tweet by Round 1, they ask that people come by and show interest, with NESiCAxLive units only being able to grow in distribution if they're amply supported by the community. Here's the tweet in question:


If this is something you are interested in, tweet our to Round 1 and let them know, or go to the venue yourself and support it! Perhaps we'll be seeing a lot more of NESiCAxLive in the US soon.

Tip submitted by Shinebox.

Source: Round 1 USA

Fight Thoughts - Round 1: Why EVO 2015 was the best EVO ever - new column from EventHubs' tournament specialist MajinTenshinhan

Welcome to a new column feature here on EventHubs, written by me, Nicholas "MajinTenshinhan" Taylor, our site's very own tournament coverage specialist.

I've been working at the site for almost two and a half years now, and during that time I've been watching more tournaments than I even know existed. When Catalyst first approached me to write a column about tournaments and what's going on in the current fighting game world and meta, I was hesitant. But after seeing all the action and hype at this year's EVO, I thought it was time for me to jump on the opportunity and give some opinions about what we've been seeing lately.

In this first column, I will be covering all nine of the main stage games, noting things that surprised me, that impressed me and overall what made it so special to see this year. I will also pick out a "MVP" of sorts for each game, as to which player ended up being most memorable for me besides the champion.

Continue right below, and let's see what each game had to offer.

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'I felt my chances of winning EVO were small, but I kept training' - Chou on what makes Persona special, fighting origins, version changes and more

After the explosive EVO this year, we here at EventHubs made an effort to reach out to champions in the main stage games of the event. Our third interview we're publishing is with the champion of Persona 4: Arena Ultimax, Chou.

In this interview, Chou talks about his fighting game origins, reasons for picking Ken, version differences and what's so special about Persona 4: Arena Ultimax.

Please note that this interview was conducted in Japanese, and can be read in its original language at the end of the article. Find a snippet of the translated English version (courtesy of myself) right below.

MajinTenshinhan: How long have you been playing fighting games, and what was your first fighting game?

Chou: I've been playing fighting games since I was in grade school, so I guess that makes about 17 years?

Street Fighter 2 was my first. I was happy just managing to do special moves, so I kept playing until I was able to beat the final boss, M. Bison, and really started liking the game.

As for playing fighting games in arcades and starting to think about them in a competitive sense, that would've been around high school, so about 10 years ago, which was also when I first started partaking in tournaments. At that time, my game was Guilty Gear XX.

Hit the jump for the rest of the interview.

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Trailer for an upcoming documentary about the anime FGC attempts to warm your cold, Street Fighter heart

Attribute rankings for Street Fighter 5's entire playable cast (so far)

Before Smash was the supposed outcast that stream monsters bashed, the fighting game community often found pleasure in turning its nose firmly up to anime fighters. Even now, if you do attend tournaments or pay attention to stream chats, you can sometimes find a collective groan when an anime fighter is mentioned. Aside from even something as negative disdain, most fighting game fans simply don't know anything about them or their players.

Anime fighting games are a unique part of the scene. They also have a community that can at times separate itself from the usual Street Fighter or Tekken crowd. Of course, this is nothing more than anecdotal evidence, so take these observations with a grain of salt.

Maybe you have no interest in playing the subgenre, but because you share tournament space with them, it might be best to take a look at the perspective of our fellow fighting game players. Fortunately, the community is working on a documentary, titled Circuit Spark: The Other Side of Fighting Games, focusing on the anime scene.

Check out the trailer below. You might even get an itch to play an anime fighter yourself.

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EVO 2015 results feat. Daigo, Momochi, Luffy, Mago, Xian

Update: This story has been updated with final results for EVO 2015.

EVO 2015 is finally upon us, so hopefully you've cleared your entire weekend and are ready for some serious fighting game action.

This year's main lineup will feature Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Mortal Kombat X, Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Tekken 7, Killer Instinct and Persona 4: Arena Ultimax. If none of these games tickle your fancy, though, don't worry - there are more side tournaments than you could ever hope for. For full details, check out our EVO 2015 spectator guide.

As for notable players, there are more than we could even attempt to count. Safe to say, if it's a player name you know, they're most likely there. Just in case, though, make sure to check out the EVO Player Locator to check for your favorite players.

Streaming duties for the main tournament will be covered on SRKEvo1, Capcom Fighters, SRKEvo2, SRKEvo3, SRKEvo4, SRKEvo5, SRKEvo6 and SRKEvo7.

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