On December 2nd, 2016, it marked the first year Street Fighter V was the marquee game for the Capcom Pro Tour and of course, Capcom Cup. The game had not been out for a year and the pool of sharks anxiously trying to get a piece of that quarter million dollars. Players from around the world gathered in Santa Ana, CA at E*Sports Arena. There were players from the United States of America, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, Brazil, Norway, Dominican Republic, and France.
The real goal was to make it into the Playstation Experience top 8 field inside the Anaheim Convention Center for a chance to get a six figure payday along with a chance to be seen my hundreds of thousands of people. The exposure was real when ESPN2 was going to rebroadcast the entire event.
The grind was real just to make it to the big stage. Many competed in tournaments around the world to gain experience, points, and money. Some qualified because of drop outs.
The event itself lasted from early morning until late night. All matches were streamed to ensure that everyone got their stream time. It wouldn’t make any sense to travel all over the world and place well in ranking and premiere events just to be eliminated off stream.
The top overall three seeds were eliminated early on which meant this was a very difficult field to navigate through. Many upsets happened. Many sets came down to the final round. Many of the favorites ended up losing while many of the so called underdogs ended up succeeding. With this much talent in one place, it’s hard to call anything an upset.
In the end, two Americans and six Japanese players advanced for the right to play for a piece of that $250,000.
Written by: Timtastic