On February 15th, 2017, The Foundry in San Francisco, CA played host for a two in one event. The first part was the release party for the upcoming album “Drogas Light” by hip-hop artist, Lupe Fiasco. The other part was the launch party for season two of the Capcom Pro Tour. Because Lupe Fiasco is a huge fan of the Street Fighter series, it was a match made in heaven as they had this event which shows video games and hip-hop music can easily coexist together to create an excellent occasion. This event was sponsored by Razer who became the official arcade stick of the Capcom Pro Tour while Hyper X became the official headset of the tour.
While the entire album ran in loop, there were tons of festivities for those in attendance especially Street Fighter related. First of all, it also marked an occasion to play some Street Fighter V. There was a tournament with limited spots in brackets. There were also setups for people to test out the new upcoming character, Kolin.
This event was also to be the launching point for the upcoming season of the Capcom Pro Tour 2017 or also known as season two. With many people participating in season one, the folks at Capcom wanted to keep the momentum going for its headlining title, Street Fighter V.
One of the major events was a cosplay contest with various people cosplaying some of the most popular characters in the Street Fighter universe like Chun-Li, Ryu, and Akuma. Kolin had not been officially been released yet, but it didn’t stop others from cosplaying the Street Fighter newcomer.
There were various different exhibitions. Some included challenges to settle some light grudges while some were planned. Daigo Umehara was able to come all the way from Japan to participate in this event. One of the most notable exhibition matches didn’t event involve professional Street Fighter players, but more along the lines of involving people that are more notable in the world of hip-hop music. You had some Bay Area hip-hop legends like Del the Funky Homosapien from Hieroglyphics facing off against hip-hop producer, Dan the Automator while multi time world turntablist champion, DJ Q-Bert faced off against Lupe Fiasco himself.
It was an awesome event that shows you can be cool and be a nerd at the same time. Gaming isn’t for just dorks but for people in all walks of life.
Written by: Timtastic