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Lima Salty 5 live stream ft. HKDash, CrossoverRD, DoomSnake, BabyBrasil, Dark, Pikoro and more

Another Latin American event is taking place this weekend. This time, our sights are set on Lima, Peru, where Lima Salty 5 will be occuring.

This is a Capcom Pro Tour event with points on the line, so people will undoubtedly be showing up for a piece of them.

Besides Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, the event will also be featuring tournament play in Tekken 7, Dragon Ball FighterZ, King of Fighters 14, Fighting EX Layer and Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2.

64 players will be fighting it out for points in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, thought other games are no slouches either — the brackets show 45 players for Tekken, 32 for Dragon Ball FighterZ and King of Fighters 14, respectively, 24 for Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 and 21 for Fighting EX Layer.

A few of the players attending are FURIA|HKDash, OA|CrossoverRD, SB|DoomSnake, AAG|BabyBrasil, Umbrella|Dark, RES|Pikoro, though there are of course many more as well.

Streaming is being done at The Backyard Peru.

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Tokyo Tekken Masters early results, stream ft. Knee, Jeondding, Kkokkoma, Qudans, LowHigh, Tissuemon, Noroma, Take, Chanel, Nobi, Rangchu and more

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

The Tekken World Tour is going into high gear this weekend in Tokyo, Japan.

Indeed, it is a Master Event, and one of the biggest ones yet — the Tokyo Tekken Masters.

As one might expect, practically every asian player worth their mettle has shown up to compete, meaning the whole weekend will be packed to the absolute brim with hardcore Tekken 7 action.

As many as 276 players have signed up and will be fighting it out across the span of two days, so there'll be a lot to get through.

A few notable names you most surely recognize that are part of this extensive list are ROX|Knee, UYU|Jeondding, Kkokkoma, UYU|Qudans, Fursan|LowHigh, CGG|Tissuemon, COOASGAMES|Noroma, Yamasa|Take, ROX|Chanel, Yamasa|Nobi, Fursan|Rangchu, AR|Book and EQNX|Dimeback... And of course, many, many more.

Streaming is of course being done at Tekken, so make sure you tune in all weekend long.

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Unshō Ishizuka, the Japanese voice of Tekken's Heihachi, Dragon Ball's Hercule and Pokemon's Professor Oak has passed away

It's hard to wake up to this kind of news. Japanese voice actor Unshō Ishizuka has died as a result of esophageal cancer at the age of 67.

Ishizuka was the voice behind Tekken's Heihachi Mishima starting back in 2011 for Tekken Tag 2 and also acted as Professor Oak of Pokemon, Hercule (Mr. Satan) of Dragon Ball Super and had roles in Naruto and JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.

His deep and powerful vocals often led to Ishizuka being cast as older men and you can see a full list of his iconic roles right here.

Though he never actually made it into any of the Street Fighter games, you can hear Ishizuka in the 1994 animated Street Fighter 2 film as Blanka.

The official Tekken Twitter payed their respects to the actor a few hours ago, stating, "Unsho Ishizuka, the voice of Heihachi Mishima, has passed away. Rest in peace, great warrior." We'd like to issue a thank you to the iconic actor for his years of service in the anime and gaming industry. He will be missed by many.

Thank you to WaifuFightersII and an anonymous tipper for sending this news our way.

The Season 2 Pass for Tekken 7 seems to be bringing back some more beloved veteran characters, which important ones are we still missing? — Part 2

As mentioned in the previous part of this article series, the internet was lit ablaze with the reveal of Negan from The Walking Dead joining the Tekken 7 roster.

Within the FGC in particular, though, perhaps the more interesting factoid is that we're getting returning characters for the first time since the console launch, in the form of heavy favorites Anna Williams and Lei Wulong.

It was detailed in an earlier piece of mine that this has opened up a lot of speculation amognst fans about who else might be coming back, since it was heavily implied that at least one of those other three spots in the season pass is for a returning character, and perhaps even all three of them are.

For the analysis of this two-part article series, I've narrowed down the focus of the massive cast that is Tekken's library of characters to 14 that seem like the most likely picks to have a chance of returning, opting to ignore boss characters, one-offs and other similar entrants.

There's nothing saying that these 14 are the only ones with a shot to return in Tekken 7, but they seem the most likely based on a variety of factors, including the moves they use, their story within the franchise and just sheer fan demand for them.

In case you missed the first part, please check it out first right here. Now that you're ready and prepared, proceed further down for the rest of the characters included in this second part.

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Dragon Ball FighterZ may have had the highest viewer peak of EVO, but Street Fighter had a higher average: full EVO viewership statistics released

EVO 2018 has come and gone, but it left us with a near endless amount of hype moments and announcements from the weekend that people are still talking about over a week later.

We previously learned that Dragon Ball FighterZ actually broke EVO stream records by reaching a peak of over 255,000 people and even became the largest stream on Twitch beating Fortnite for a brief while. Now it looks like we get a better look at the full picture of the weekend.

Esports Charts recently released their reported full statistics from EVO weekend for the eight mainstage titles including Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Super Smash Bros, Tekken 7 and more.

The data not only covers the peak viewership but also average viewers, prize pools, and combined hours watched for all eight games over the three day period giving us a better look at how the games grew and performed.

While Dragon Ball FighterZ indeed did have the highest peak for viewership, Street Fighter 5 actually led the charge in highest average stream viewer numbers over DBFZ and the rest plus total hours watched with a crazy 2.1 million hours of EVO Street Fighter action consumed over three days.

Esports Charts tracks Twitch channel and other streaming service data and logs eSports events around the globe to compare and share data sets for the biggest games and streamers online. You can check out the full breakdown of the reported numbers after the jump.

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The Season 2 Pass for Tekken 7 seems to be bringing back some more beloved veteran characters, which important ones are we still missing? — Part 1

Ever since the EVO 2018 reveal that The Walking Dead's Negan is joining the roster of Tekken 7, the internet has been abuzz.

Within the FGC in particular, though, perhaps the more interesting factoid is that we're getting returning characters for the first time since the console launch, in the form of heavy favorites Anna Williams and Lei Wulong.

As detailed in an earlier piece of mine, this has opened up a lot of speculation amognst fans about who else might be coming back, since it was heavily implied that at least one of those other three spots in the season pass is for a returning character, and perhaps even all three of them are.

Now, there are a lot of characters that we've seen throughout the long life of the Tekken franchise — the gargantuan roster of Tekken Tag Tournament 2 should tell you that, where they brought back every single character prior to Tekken 7 and even made a few new ones playable, like Lili's butler Sebastian. That roster topped out at a whopping 60 playable characters.

It's possible that any of these 60 that aren't already in the game could be returning, but with this two-part article series I'm going to keep it a bit more realistic, and focus mainly on characters that have had a notable present in main entries of the franchise and avoid bosses and one-off appearance characters.

It doesn't mean that the characters listed here and in the second part of the article are the only possible additions, but I'd argue that the 14 characters I'll be singling out are the most likely ones, given their history with their franchise, their personalities and fanbase, and their movesets.

So, without further ado, let's have a look at what old favorites are currently missing from Tekken 7 and we might see join the roster alongside returning classics Anna Williams, Lei Wulong and the new guest character Negan.

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Furia Tica 2018 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend, Furia Tica 2018 is taking place in San José, Costa Rica.

This is a Capcom Pro Tour ranking event with points on the line, so players will be showing up to try and get a step closer to qualifying for Capcom Cup 2018.

Besides Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, which is the main event, there will also be tournament play in Dragon Ball FighterZ, Tekken 7, King of Fighters 14, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 and Super Smash Bros. 4.

Players attending include SB|DoomSnake, ON|Gabo, TSD|Seguero, AK|Alexis, Vertex|Aeon and many, many more.

Over 60 players are participating in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, so there's bound to be a lot of matches to enjoy.

Streaming is being done at True Challengers.

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Pokchop's hilarious mid-game smack talk with King Jae at EVO 2018 might be more entertaining than any eSports production

With regular pop offs and very hype displays of emotion Pokchop is known as one of the United States' most intense and fun to watch Tekken 7 players.

The Atlanta-based Josie main was in attendance at EVO this past weekend and ran into another competitor with whom he now has some juicy history with: the United Kingdom's own insult-slinging King Jae.

These two met last year at EVO 2017 for a US vs. UK exhibition wherein they played a first to three set, the video of which garnered nearly 50,000 views on YouTube. While the action was certainly exciting to watch, the main draw for this was certainly Pok's constant barrage and Jae's occasional retorts of smack talk while they played.

The two decided to further their narrative this year with a first to five bout rematch, the footage of which Jae just recently posted for the rest of the world to see. As if Pok's verbal taunts weren't intense enough last year, he turned them all the way up to "11" this time around.

Who winds up winning? Read on to see the footage of both sets below, complete with hilarious trash talk that'll get you to break out and laugh at least once or twice.

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'Negan is a historic villain, but he is too weak as a fighter' - Harada in 2017 when asked about including The Walking Dead character in Tekken 7

Fans were both equally hyped and perplexed at Bandai Namco's announcment during EVO weekend wherein they revealed that The Walking Dead's Negan would be coming to Tekken 7 as DLC in Season 2.

This certainly isn't the strangest thing to ever have happen and the character is most certainly a violent fan favorite, making him a pretty easy transfer into fighting games. We'll withhold much judgement until we see him in game, whenever that will be, but for the time being we can look at the interesting Twitter history on this matter.

Tekken's head development honcho, Katsuhiro Harada, actually did engage with some fans on Twitter last year about the prospect of bringing Negan into the game. His sentiments at the time led to more of a disconfirmation than anything, but obviously that's not how things ultimately played out.

On April 16th, 2017 Harada tweeted out for the world to respond a simple, "Ok tell me your guest character idea." Amidst the massive amount of responses one Miran Bikhan proposed an equally simple response, "Negan from The Walking Dead."

These five words netted 1.2 thousand retweets, over two thousand favorites and a direct response from Hirada himself.

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Moscow Fighting Arena x RusReversal results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

There's a big event going on this weekend ... In fact, two big events combined into one, even.

In Moscow, Russia you'll be able to enjoy the coming together of Moscow Fighting Arena and RusReversal as one big event, featuring many different fighting games.

This is a Tekken World Tour event, so there's going to be a lot of heavy competition for that game, with almost 100 people signed up for it.

The other games aren't slouches either, with around 50 each for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition and Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, and with almost 30 entrants for Injustice 2. There will also be side tournaments held in Dragon Ball FighterZ, Mortal Kombat XL, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle and Melty Blood Actress Again Current Code.

There are a lot of players attending, including Loveneet, GreenLeo, CaptainCM, Forest and of course many, many more.

The main games will be streamed at FightingRu.

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The return of Anna Williams and Lei Wulong in Tekken 7 is a big deal to many fans, let's have a look at why

Tekken 7 launched back in June of last year, and after its release, we were treated to two additional characters in the form of DLC.

These two fighters were guests from other franchises, namely Geese Howard of Fatal Fury and King of Fighters fame, and Noctis Lucis Caelum from the latest entry in Square-Enix's most prestigious RPG franchise, Final Fantasy 15.

Since the release of Noctis, we'd heard some rumblings about additional content coming our way, but nothing had been showed yet, until EVO 2018 last weekend.

The big headline that hit everyone with shock was that Negan from the popular TV shows and comic book The Walking Dead would be joining the playable roster, but before his reveal, there were two other characters shown.

The two characters we saw prior to Negan's surprising appearance are two true Tekken classics that people have wanted the return of for quite some time, Anna Williams and Lei Wulong, both sporting new looks, in a similar vein to how the rest of the classic cast got updated clothing and design in the updated arcade version called Tekken 7: Fatal Retribution, which turned heads when it was announced that it would include Street Fighter's Akuma back in 2015.

The fact that Tekken 7 is getting some non-guest characters for the first time since prior to its console release is big enough, but why are people so excited about Anna Williams and Lei Wulong? Let's delve into these characters and find out why.

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HookGangGod vs. Dekillsage, Justin Wong vs. Punk, WayGamble vs. Joey Fury and more on Body Count Fighting 7's fight card, live stream at 5 p.m. PDT

Tekken, Dragon Ball FighterZ and Street Fighter fans alike are in for a very entertaining treat this evening as Body Count Fighting gets ready for its seventh installment.

The headline matches include some incredibly heavy hitters as NRG|HookGangGod will be facing FOX|Dekillsage in DBFZ and WayGamble will be brawling with Joey Fury in Tekken 7.

Leading up to the big dances we have the likes of FOX|Justin Wong facing off against teammate FOXX|Punk in Street Fighter 5 UYU|Bryan F vs. Tempo|Alex Myers, 801 Strider vs. CYG|Chris Tatarian, CLN|Yohosie vs. Dadpool, PG|Nakkiel vs. Tatsunical and a handful of others.

Supplemented with the high quality standards and high production value that BCF brings with it — complete with themed entrances and a wrestling ring main stage — we're expecting nothing but high octane competition from start to finish.

Be sure to follow Body Count Fighting's Twitter page as it'll keep you up to date on any and all exciting goings on the team has in store.

You can see the full fight card by clicking the image below. Hit the jump to watch the stream embed and see the action roll out right along with us.

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MarkMan disconfirms rumors that Tekken 7 Season 2 content will be free based on past statements from Harada

Just a few days back during EVO weekend we officially found out that Tekken 7 would be moving forward with a second season of DLC content that will include new mechanics, balance changes and six new characters.

Though the talk of the town has certainly been the upcoming addition of The Walking Dead's Negan, Tekken alumni Lei Wulong and Anna Williams have also been shown.

Though we haven't seen a huge uproar about it, apparently some fans of the series have been calling back to a tweet from last year posted by Bandai Namco's Katsuhiro Harada wherein he stated "[W]e do not sell classic Tekken characters, paid DLC will be special content," concluding that the S2 bundle may be free of charge.

Tekken's Brand and Community Advisor, Mark "MarkMan" Julio, has taken to social media to clarify that this will not be the case and that players should expect to have to lay down some cash for the upcoming content.

If the ensuing thread is any indication the majority of Tekken fans are simply excited to have continued support for their game, though there are a few cries of demand that any legacy characters should now be free based on Harada's previous statements.

Click the thumbnail here to read MarkMan's full statement on the matter. Let us know in the comments what you think on the matter and, perhaps more importantly, how excited you are for Season 2.

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What's the real reason Negan is coming to Tekken 7? History Behind the Warrior tries to make sense of this somewhat peculiar choice

Guest characters are a big thing nowadays in fighting games as not only have we seen plenty in the way of crossovers, iconic figures from non-fighting game franchises have begun poking their heads into combat arenas to lock horns with the likes of Liu Kang, Heihachi Mishima and Yoshimitsu.

EVO 2018 was filled with surprises and Bandai Namco's presentation of new content absolutely delivered as audiences were very excited to find that a whole new season of content will be coming to Tekken 7 complete with a handful of new DLC characters.

While Anna and Lei were amongst the ranks of the most requested characters not yet in Tekken 7 the final reveal, though hype, had fans just as puzzled as they were excited. The Walking Dead's Negan will be making his way into T7 next season.

While we can certainly see the bat-wielding baddy give and take his fair share of punches, it's fairly rare we see a non-video game character make their way into a fighter. Mortal Kombat, with its darker and gorier themes, have brought on some horror movie icons in recent years, but this still feels pretty out of left field.

In a recent video of his History Behind the Warrior takes a stab at explaining the reason why the ever so charismatic bad guy has made his way into the world's most popular 3D fighter.

A bit of backstory about the roots of the television version of The Walking Dead along with the details of the turmoil the show finds itself in in present day makes for an argument that could potentially explain why we're seeing one of the show's iconic characters (two if you count Lucille) branch out in this way.

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A psycho powered grand finals, Shenron summons, a new Melee champion, double perfects and more: EVO 2018 highlights

EVO 2018 wrapped up just under one day ago and had some wild announcements coming from Capcom and Bandai Namco among others, but at the end of the day people showed up for the biggest fighting game competition in the world.

Five games received top billing for Sunday finals mainstage spots in Las Vegas, Nevada: Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Tekken 7, Dragon Ball FighterZ and finishing up with Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition.

Between those five games alone, there were almost too many hype moments and awesome combos or shows of composure to count, but we're here to try and show off the best moments from the end of EVO 2018.

From Mouz|Problem X to TSM|Leffen taking his first EVO championship, the biggest fighting game event in the world was filled to burst with new talent and old coming together to duke it out.

ITS|Lil Majin brought the hype from the start of Tekken 7 top 8 as America's last hope, and he did not disappoint taking on FOX|JDCR. Just a few hours later, FOX|SonicFox and CO|Go1 would square off in Dragon Ball FighterZ at the highest levels once again — and Shenron may have even made one or two appearances.

Let's start things off with the very end of the night where Problem X would face FOX|Tokido in Grand Finals of Street Fighter 5, and though Tokido would mount a reset, Problem X would not be so easily shaken including one of the cleanest Bison dashes in the game's history.

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EVO 2018 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

It's finally that time of the year again, not only the biggest event of the summer, but the biggest event all year long as far as fighting games go.

EVO 2018 is taking place this weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada, and it's even bigger than last year, believe it or not.

This monster of an event will have 8 main games, all receiving ample stream time and having the best in the world gathered for them, with said titles being Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Tekken 7, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Super Smash Bros. 4, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle and Injustice 2.

There's no point in even listing all the players set to be at the event, since with very few exceptions, you can assume that every notable player is going to be present competing in their game of choice.

Of course, this is no surprise — With Dragon Ball FighterZ and Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition both above 2000 entrants, Tekken 7, Super Smash Bros. 4, Super Smash Bros. Melee and BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle all over 1000 entrants, and a very respectable 623 and 361 entrants for Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 and Injustice 2 respectively, you can clearly tell that the top competitors have gathered.

Streaming is being done all weekend at EVO, Capcom Fighters, EVO 1, EVO 2, EVO 3, EVO 4, EVO 5, EVO 6 and EVO 7.

Of course, there's an abundance of side events as well, many of which will be streamed, too. We're going to do our best to have these in the schedule and results sectionof our story as well, so stay tuned.

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30 Cells and a good amount of Johnny: top 64 stats for Dragon Ball FighterZ, Tekken and Guilty Gear Xrd at EVO 2018

Today is the final day of EVO 2018 and there are five games set to take take the mainstage today to show who are the best fighting game players in the world.

We previously did character usage stats for Street Fighter 5 as well as both Super Smash Bros. titles, BlazBlue and Injustice 2 to see who which fighters were the most popular among the top players.

Now, we're going to take a look at the remaining three titles from EVO Sunday finals: Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Tekken 7 and Dragon Ball FighterZ with some interesting results for character usage in the top 64 for each title.

There are 30 players in the top 64 of Dragon Ball FighterZ who feature Perfect Cell on their team for some pretty obvious reasons due to his universal appeal. Kid Buu actually sits in second above Vegeta and the rest though seven characters didn't make an appearance in the later part of the bracket including Broly and Vegito.

JACK-7 was the most popular character in Tekken 7 this year likely thanks to his heavy hitting punches though King also had strong representation at EVO sitting just behind the latest version of JACK. Nine characters remained unused in top 64 including Heihachi and Noctis.

Guilty Gear featured a nice spread of characters at EVO this year with only two of their fighters remaining unused, and even the most popular characters do not have more than five players who used them — though Johnny still sat at the top. You can check out the full breakdown for all three games after the jump.

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