After years holding their annual world championships for Tekken in Asia, they finally held the Tekken World Tour Finals on American soil in San Francisco, CA. This event was held on November 12th, 2017 at City View at the top of the Metreon featuring the best players around the world for the game, Tekken 7: Fated Retribution. During the course of the year, there were qualifiers at many major tournaments. By the start of this tournament, we had 16 representatives from the United States, Japan, South Korea, and Europe. I won’t go too much into results, but more into the overall experience of this event.
This definitely is the best bang for your buck FGC event I’ve ever attended. At $5, it was more than a bargain along with all the freebies you can get. All attendees received a limited edition Tekken pin which the person gets one of four choices. There were Cup Noodles everywhere as Nissin was a sponsor. Red Bull was also available as well. For those that wanted to get some FGC swag, Tekken sold some merchandise like shirts and hats while Qanba had fight sticks and stick bags available for purchase.
There were set ups for people to play casual games against each other which was often occupied by those that wanted to test their skills. They also had special set ups for those that wanted to test out the incoming guest character, Geese, who is from SNK’s King of Fighters and Fatal Fury series.
No matter where you were, there were screens capturing every moment so that you wouldn’t miss any potential event. There were chairs everywhere to sit. An attendee could even go outside and still catch the action inside.
What made this moment very exciting was the announcement of Noctis from Final Fantasy XV as a guest character for the upcoming 2018 year along with a stage from that game too. The roar went through the roof.
Tekken wasn’t the only game in the house as Dragonball FighterZ was also available to test out. There were long lines to get a chance to test out the upcoming game out.
Although no Americans made the final three, people seemed to appreciate great Tekken play. In the end, it was an all South Korean showdown, but everyone loved the gameplay no matter what which made this event really special.
Written by: Timtastic