Recently announced by the industry leader who brought us the Mega Man, Resident Evil, and Devil May Cry franchises, the Capcom Pro Tour will celebrate the popularity of the Street Fighter franchise by forming the first-ever fighting game league for its series.
Over the remainder of 2014, various tournaments and premier events will take place to provide organizers, sponsors, and the fighting game community an opportunity to gather and allow the best players to reach the finals of the Capcom Cup.
The beginning of the Street Fighter IV-focused tour will highlight Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition. Then, after its release in June, Ultra Street Fight IV will be phased in until the conclusion of the tour in December.
The Capcom Cup finals will offer 16 total spots for fighting game hopefuls, and there are two ways to qualify for their occupancy. Attend and win a premier event, and you’re instantly greenlit. The rest of the spots will be awarded though a new point structure that tracks the ranking of players as they compete.
Here are the dates and cities of seven of the premier events:
• Final Round (March 14~16 – Atlanta, GA, USA)
• NorCal Regionals (April 18~20 – Sacramento, CA, USA)
• Southeast Asia Majors (June 20~22 – Singapore)
• Community Effort Orlando (June 27~29 – Orlando, FL, USA)
• Evolution Championship Series (July 11~13 – Las Vegas, NV, USA)
• The Fall Classic (October 10~12 – Raleigh, NC, USA)
• DreamHack Winter (November 27~30 – Jönköping, Sweden)
Details about three more premier events are to come. The last six of the Capcom Cup spots will be determined using the aforementioned point structure after a preliminary group of ten premier events takes place. Twitch’s contribution to this partnership is in utilizing its widely known streaming capabilities to broadcast each faceoff on the Capcom Fighters Twitch channel. Subscribing to this stream will cost viewers $4.99.
Points will not only be awarded to the 16 spots at premier events, but also ranking tournaments (which are managed and streamed separate from the Capcom Pro Tour).
The current line-up of these ranking events is as follows:
• SoCal Regionals (February 28~March 2, Los Angeles, CA, USA)
• PAX East (April 11~13 – Boston, MA, USA)
• E3 (June 10~12 – Los Angeles, CA, USA)
• San Diego Comic Con (July 24~27 – San Diego, CA, USA)
For regional spots in southern California, points will be given retroactively. There is also more info regarding forthcoming ranking events to be announced at a later time.
Participants and spectators alike can follow the Capcom Pro Tour action via its official website. Is there an event taking place near you? Let us know how you’d fare in a Street Fighter tournament in the Comments below.