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Final Round 2018 early results, stream ft. SonicFox, Infiltration, Tokido, MenaRD, JDCR, Punk, Daigo, NuckleDu, Saint, ChrisG, Itazan and more

Update: This story is being updated with live results as they occur.

This weekend is a big one, with the massive annual event Final Round taking place in Atlanta, Georgia.

Perhaps the biggest thing of note about the event this year is that it's going to be kicking off both the Capcom Pro Tour for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, for which it is a Premier event, and the Tekken World Tour for Tekken 7, for which it is a Master event.

Besides these games, you'll also get to enjoy tournament action in Dragon Ball FighterZ, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Injustice 2, Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2, Pokkén Tournament DX, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, BlazBlue: Central Fiction and Street Fighter Alpha 2.

As for players attending, there really are just way too many to list, but here are just a few of the notable competitors you can expect to see this weekend across the tournament games: FOX|SonicFox, Monster|Infiltration, FOX|Tokido, Rise|MenaRD, FOX|JDCR, Punk, CYG|Daigo, NuckleDu, FOX|Saint, EG|NYChrisG, DNG|Itabashi Zangief, FOX|Justin Wong, CO|Go1, RB|Anakin, GGP|Kazunoko, PAG|LostSoul, Circa|ForeverKing, PG|Speedkicks, Fursan|LowHigh, Circa|JoeyFury, Gachikun, Shadow20z, F3|DR Gross, UYU|Princess Ling and many, many more.

You'll also get the enjoy the highly anticipated first-to-10 exhibition set in Dragon Ball FighterZ between FOX|SonicFox and CO|Go1. For even more information on the event, its attendance, and what you can look forward to, check out our official preview.

Streaming is being done at Capcom Fighters, Tekken, Bifuteki, Funky P, Kombat Network and Data FGC.

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KelotCup 5 results ft. Nobi, Take, Yuu, Noroma, Hakaiou,

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Although the main focus of Tekken action this weekend might be on Final Round, there's actually another big Tekken event going on.

If you were confused to see practically no Japanese players attending the aforementioned Tekken World Tour Master's tiered event, there's a good reason for that.

Today, the fifth KelotCup is taking place in Tokyo, Japan, and most of Japan's notable players have gathered to battle it out.

The event is similar to MasterCup in that it's a team tournament, though it's a 3v3 format rather than the 5v5 format that MasterCup traditionally uses, and the interesting gimmick about this tournament is that the three Yamasa players, Yamasa|Nobi, Yamasa|Take and Yamasa|Yuu are split up on three different teams.

It's a one day happening, so tune in and stay tuned until a winning team is crowned out of the almost 100 teams taking part in the arcade event.

Some notable players you can expect to see at the event are Yamasa|Nobi, Yamasa|Take, Yamasa|Yuu, COOASGAMES|Noroma, HakaiOu, Buts, Furumizu, Nishi, CO|Tanukana and many more.

Streaming is being done at Yuu Nobi Gaming Live.

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The Capcom Pro Tour and Tekken World Tour both kick off this weekend - here's what's waiting at Final Round in a few days

We've had a few months now without any tournament circuits going on, and while there've still been events happening, it's been quiet for fighting game community standards.

That's all coming to an end now, though, as both the Capcom Pro Tour and Tekken World Tour are going to be kicking off at Final Round 2018 this weekend.

Not only is it kicking off both tours, but it's a Premier event for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition and a Master event for Tekken 7, so stakes are huge right out of the gate.

With such a lucrative opportunity, you can bet all manner of top players will be showing up to try and get that optimal start to the year's season, and we're going to list some of the biggest ones aiming to show up.

Of course, that's not all. Dragon Ball FighterZ is at the event and has an absolute crazy amount of registrants, and a bunch of other fighting games will be played, too.

For the full rundown, continue right below.

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Noctis Lucis Caelum to be available in Tekken 7 on March 20, 2018

It has been announced that Final Fantasy XV's Noctis Lucis Caelum will be joining Tekken 7's roster on March 20, 2018. He'll be joining Street Fighter's Akuma and Fatal Fury's Geese Howard as the title's third guest character.

Noctis appears to do combat with royal weapons. This really makes him stand out since he is a weapon fighter. You might think he'd a better fit for Soul Calibur with that in mind...

He has access to a number of flashy moves from his original game. This is a fighter that is capable of utilizing magic as well.

We've seen him throw out Fire, Blizzard and Thunder. Not only that, but there are also a number of teleports incorporated into his moveset.

Unlike Akuma and Geese Howard, Noctis does not appear to have access to any sort of meter system outside of the rage system. As he takes damage, he'll gain access to his Rage Art and Rage Drive.

His weapon only appears while he is attacking. When he is not doing this, he appears to be unarmed. He briefly summons his weapon for each attack. This gives Noctis a very deceptive amount of range.

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Bandai Namco and Square Enix 'Alternative Time Report' live stream - new information on Tekken 7's Noctis inbound

Bandai Namco and Square Enix are holding a special live stream this morning called "Alternative Time Report." This broadcast will feature both Final Fantasy XV and Tekken 7.

Hajime Tabata and chief producer Katsuhiro Harada, respectively, will be appearing on the show to share new information regarding each of their games.

If you've been awaiting more information on Noctis, Tekken 7's next DLC character, you'll definitely want to tune into the broadcast. The show's description notes that we'll be seeing the "latest news" for the character, which means we can likely expect some gameplay and hopefully an official release date.

In November of last year, Tekken 7 saw the addition of Geese Howard -- SNK's big boss character. Also guest appearing in the 3D fighting title is Capcom's Akuma from Street Fighter.

Now the series will have a Final Fantasy representative in Noctis, who is the main protagonist of Final Fantasy XV.

The live stream will be held on Bandai Namco's 876 TV YouTube channel. Tune in at 4 am. PST / 7 a.m. EST / 8 p.m. JST to catch the start of the broadcast.

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Bandai Namco are releasing more and more fighting games, so what's going on with Tekken X Street Fighter? Let's speculate based on previous statements

Originally announced alongside Street Fighter X Tekken way back in July 2010, we still haven't seen any footage whatsoever of the now mythical Tekken X Street Fighter.

Harada has explained the game's absence numerous times, with slight variations in reasons, and also given some updates on how the game itself has been progressing.

It only felt natural for Tekken X Street Fighter to fall a bit to the wayside back when Street Fighter X Tekken had a huge media controversy as well as posting lower sales than projected.

Besides this, fighting games fell off a bit, at least for the major publishers Capcom and Bandai Namco, with them stepping back a bit from their push of the genre.

That's not true today, though, at least not for Bandai Namco. Not only did they finally release Tekken 7 to much fanfare, with solid post-game support, but we also got the Bandai Namco-published Dragon Ball FighterZ at the start of the year, and Soul Calibur 6 has been announced for release before we head in to 2019.

Now that the company is back to full-fledged fighting game development while we're 8 years out from the original announcement with very little to show for it, let's have a look at what exactly we know about the title, as well as what's keeping Bandai Namco.

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Ito brings touch of death combos, Yuyu keeps making amazing comebacks, while Daigo keeps air throwing Tokido in these Kemonomichi 2 highlights

The Kemonomichi 2 event wrapped up yesterday. This pitted some very talented players against one another in three special exhibitions.

Kotaka Shoten would face off against Ito in Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo. Yuyu would also do battle with RB|Tanukana in Tekken 7.

Finally, CYG|Daigo would take on 2017 Street Fighter 5 EVO champion, FOX|Tokido. Obviously this meant that they'd be playing Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition. No matter who won these sets, the spectators were in for quite the treat.

To commemorate Kemonomichi 2, we've got highlights to showcase. First, let's focus on Kotaka Shoten's and Ito's Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo first-to-ten set.

Kotaka Shoten was playing as Guile against Ito's Dee Jay. Both fighters had exceptionally good projectiles to work with here.

Despite this, caution had to be utilized. A single jump-in attack could be enough to snowball an opponent's entire life bar.

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Daigo Presents Kemonomichi 2 results ft. Daigo, Tokido, Tanukana, Yuyu, Kotaka Shoten and Ito

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

After what a success Daigo's Kemonomichi was at the start of the year, it's been brought back with a vengeance.

Today, the sequel to Kemonomichi is taking place, and the sets are bound to be as fired up as last time.

Although the only returning game is Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, the format will be the same - three games being played with first-to-10 sets between two players in each of them.

Kotaka Shoten, who showed an absolute dominating performance against Aniken last time, is back to fight Ito in Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo.

Tekken 7 will be seeing two of the most notable female players in all of Japan, RB|Tanukana and Yuyu, battling it out.

And finally, The Beast himself CYG|Daigo is going to go up against the EVO 2017 champion and legendary player in his own right, FOX|Tokido in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition.

You won't want to miss any of these sets, so tune in to Daigo the Beast TV to enjoy it.

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'If the only playable character was Kazuya, then theoretically the game would be balanced' - Harada and Nishitani on balance in fighting games

I recently did a piece on a discussion between legendary fighting game developers Akira Nishitani and Katsuhiro Harada and how the emergence of fighting games affected arcades.

In that piece, I mentioned that it was only an excerpt from a much bigger Denfami interview that was translated by the always hard-working Jiyuna.

Previous pieces by Steven "DreamKing" Chavez cover other parts of this interview, namely the desire to change the flow of fighting games with Fighting EX Layer and the philosophy of focusing on what's fun for the player when developing Street Fighter 2.

This time, I'll be looking at an area of the interview where they get in to discussing balance in fighting games, a subject I've written a bit on myself, both on balance itself and on how tier lists should be viewed, so obviously this is an area of particular interest to me.

The discussion between Nishitani and Harada moving on to the concept of balance and how to achieve it, and whether it's even something you want to achieve, begins shortly after talking about Nishitani's design philosophy of making the game feel good to the player.

When the interviewer asks them to elaborate on how they decide how each move should function, and who they discuss it with to get a better image of whether this idea would be viable or not.

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The people have spoken, see who EventHubs readers chose to win in the Kemonomichi 2 set between Daigo and Tokido

Update: Results for all three polls have been finalized and you can view them after the jump below.

The Kemonomichi 2 event will be taking place this weekend, and if you're itching for some amazing fighting game action, you won't want to miss it.

Presented by CYG|Daigo Umehara, there will be three exhibitions in the following games: Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Tekken 7, and Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo. Not only is Umehara running the show, he is also going to play in a first-to-10 set against one of the Japanese gods of Street Fighter -- Tokido.

Last week, Daigo shared a handful of videos getting the competitor's thoughts on their match ups. In addition to Daigo vs. Tokido, we'll be seeing Kotaka Shoten vs. Ito in Super Turbo and Tanukana vs. Yuyu in Tekken 7.

Umehara had some interesting words on the subject of facing Tokido. Apparently, The Beast is confident that he'll walk away victorious, and Tokido believes mostly the same.

"I can't even see his back from where I'm standing..." Tokido said in regards to each player's skills. "I want to confirm for myself how big that gap is. Of course I'm going into this with the intention of winning."

On the Tekken end of things, Yuyu -- known as the most successful female competitive Tekken player to-date -- will be going head-to-head against Tanukana, who is currently revered as the strongest female Tekken pro on the scene. Both competitors play Xiaoyu, so we can look forward to a very exciting mirror match this weekend.

Finally, Kotaka Shoten and Ito will slug it out in a SSF2T battle. Will Ito's fierce Dee Jay be able to take down the Guile Master?

We have put together three polls to let you voice your opinions! Be sure to vote and let us know which players you think will take home victory.

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'Fighting games really were critical to bringing life to arcades' - legendary developers Akira Nishitani and Katsuhiro Harada on the genre's effect

A few months ago, there was a big interview in Denfami featuring Tekken series creator and producer Katsuhiro Harada as well as the developer of Street Fighter 2 and Final Fight, Akira Nishitani, who went on to work on the Street Fighter EX series and the upcoming Fighting EX Layer.

Thanks to the efforts of Jiyuna, this juggernaut interview was translated in full.

My colleague Steven "DreamKing" Chavez has covered a few aspects of this gigantic interview before, first about Nishitani's desire to change the standard flow of fighting games with Fighting EX Layer, and later about how Street Fighter 2 was designed around what felt good to the player.

This time, I'm delving in to a part of the interview that I found extremely interesting, namely some talk from industry insiders about what an effect fighting games had on the arcades back in the day.

Although arcades are still quite the big thing in Japan today, they're not what they used to be back in the late '80s and early '90s, though based on what we're hearing here, arcades may well have started to fall to the wayside even back then, if not for the genre this entire website is built upon - fighting games.

Continue below for some choice quotes from the two legendary developers and their explanations on the effect fighting games had on arcades when they first came about.

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Want your friends to start playing Tekken with you? Show them these ELeague Tekken Team Takedown highlights

The action was fierce today at ELeague Tekken Team Takedown, with some of the strongest Tekken players in the world facing off in groups of five.

Things started off with a very schoolyard playground feel, as four team captains, RB|Anakin, ITS|CuddleCore, VS|NYCFab and VS|Pokchop, chose their teams in a draft style lottery.

The team formation phase was very exciting and things only took off from there. We grabbed a bunch of awesome moments from throughout the event to share with you.

While there are quite a few great sequences here, there were a ton more that we didn't have room for. Do yourself a favor and check out the archive afterwards.

Our first highlight comes from the match between Rickstah's Akuma and VS|Pokchop's Josie. With a brilliant display of resource management, Rickstah sets up a beautiful Raging Demon to seal away the round.

One Demon not enough? Later in their set Rickstah sneaks in a second one, but the ensuing scramble brought about even more hype than did his landing of the iconic attack:

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CuddleCore and JimmyJTran lead team to victory at ELeague Tekken Team Takedown

Audiences were left with their mouths agape throughout most all of ELeague Tekken Team Takedown today, as the Tekken 7 action was absolutely awe-inspiring.

Kicking off with a draft style team ordering that saw NCSS|Jimmy J Tran as the first pick for team CuddleCore,

During her team's first bout, CuddleCore took out the likes of VS|SperoGin (2-0), Circa|JoeyFury (2-1), NG-Obscure (2-1) and RB|Anakin (2-0) to do the lion's share of the work in earning her team a trek to Grand Finals.

Once there, it would be Jimmy J Tran and his vicious Bryan Fury that would steal the show away. After defeating three of the four remaining opponents in Grand Finals, Tran would eventually fall in a close set against ITS|Lil Majin.

ELeague's special resurrection rule enabled each Grand Finals team to bring back one player after elimination, and there was no choice for CuddleCore besides their red-hot champion. Not only would he defeat Majin in the rematch, but JimmyJTran would take out his foe a second time after the latter was resurrected by his team.

That win would secure the $50,000 prize for team CuddleCore, which also included the likes of VS|KoDee, Brawlpro and UYU|KawaiiFaceMiles. Here are some post win comments from both Cuddle and Jimmy after their team's remarkable win:

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ELeague Tekken Team Takedown results ft. Anakin, Jimmy J Tran, Speedkicks, JoeyFury

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

ELeague has taken yet another fighting game in under their wing, and this time it's Tekken 7 that's on the menu.

Today, we'll be having a team-based battle between some of the U.S.A.'s fiercest Tekken competitors taking place in Atlanta, Georgia.

Four players have been elected as team captains - RB|Anakin, ITS|CuddleCore, VS|NYCFab and VS|Pokchop.

They'll get to choose players to join their team out of the other participants, namely NCSS|Jimmy J Tran, PG|Speedkicks, Circa|JoeyFury, UYU|Princess Ling, NG-Obscure, Rickstah, VS|KoDee, WayGamble, VS|SperoGin, ITS|Jackie Tran, ITS|Lil Majin, Inkognito, Shadow20z, Mateo, UYU|KawaiiFaceMiles and Brawlpro.

With four teams made up out of these seasoned players doing battle, you know there's going to be some intense action going on.

Streaming is being done at ELeague TV.

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Tekken World Tour 2018 announced

During today's ELeague broadcast a whole new Tekken World Tour was announced for 2018.

Armed with notes and lessons learned from last year's premier Tour, the creators of the TWT are back in 2018 with a bigger, badder and better circuit.

One major change is the doing away with regional point restrictions. The 2018 Tour will have only one leaderboard as opposed to 2017's three, and will feature two types of events: Challenger and Master.

Moving right along with the theme of "bigger and better," the Tekken World Finals will be a 20-player event held over two days in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

You can view the full schedule of 30 events below along with the point and prizing breakdown for the two different categories of tournaments.

Head on over to the Tekken World Tour website for all the exciting details.

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Red Bull Conquest tournament circuit announced, aims to foster and encourage local scene pride across the US

A new tournament circuit enters the ring in 2018. Today, Red Bull has announced the "Red Bull Conquest" national tournament series, which will call upon local competitors to rep their city in the ultimate fighting game battle.

The Conquest circuit will travel across the US with qualifying events in 15 cities, with one additional online qualifier in the mix. Each region will have the opportunity to prove that they have the best players in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Tekken 7, and Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2.

Each qualifier will crown one winner in each game to represent their region at the National Finals in Washington, D.C. These players will face off in their respective games to determine which fighting game region reigns supreme.

Red Bull Conquest kicks off on April 28th in Chicago. From there, the circuit will travel to Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Nashville, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Francisco and Seattle.

The conclusion to the tournament series will take place on November 16 - 18 with the National Finals. There will also be a last chance qualifier taking place that weekend.

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Daigo Umehara accepts Tokido's challenge for first to ten Street Fighter 5 set, and he's not worried about losing in the slightest

If you asked most anyone that follows competitive Street Fighter 5 right now who the absolute best in the world are, you'd get a lot more answers that included FOX|Tokido than CYG|Daigo Umehara.

While it's unquestionable that Daigo is easily the most celebrated and spotlighted fighting game player to date, his success within the specific confines of Street Fighter 5 have been great, but not amazing.

As the reigning EVO champion and Capcom Cup 2017 runner up, Tokido has finally started seeing victory (as opposed to consistent top eight placings) and has become more of a threat than ever before in the Street Fighter realm.

These two will be clashing for a first to 10, long form set in less thank two weeks' time at Kemonomichi 2, and despite their current respective statuses in SF5, both players seem to be giving the edge to Daigo.

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