This weekend saw an incredible assembly of fighter game players attending the UK’s VSFighting event, featuring some of the biggest names in the business.
The UK is well-known for its colossal fighting game tournaments, but it’s rare that it sees such a star-studded line-up of players. This past weekend VSFighting took place at Millennium Point in Birmingham, England, opening its doors to hundreds of dedicated fighting game players, all hungry to make their mark on the eSports scene.
Among those in attendance were some of the most iconic names in fighting game history including Daigo Umehara, Justin Wong, Saint, and Sonic Fox; ready to throw down with the UK’s resident juggernauts such as Problem X and the multi-Guinness World Record holding Ryan Hart.
A variety of different fighting games were represented in tournaments throughout the weekend. NetherRealm’s superhero slobber knocker Injustice 2 and Capcom’s iconic arcade smash Super Street Fighter II Turbo were present along with the latest installment of BlazBlue; Cross Tag Battle, and Namco Bandai’s utterly gorgeous DragonBall Fighter Z.
The main events, of course, came in the form of Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition and Tekken 7, which were parts of the Capcom Pro Tour and Tekken World Tour respectively.
As is to be expected, many of the world-renowned fighting game pros took the top spots in their tournaments. Justin Wong beat Orf in Super Street Fighter II Turbo and also claimed fifth place in Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition. Saint continued his global reign of dominance in Tekken 7 by catapulting himself into the top position, and the infamous Daigo took first place in SFV: AE.
Fighting games have always been a focal point for eSports due to the high level of speed, forward-thinking and precision needed in order to play at a high level. eSports as a whole has recently taken a significant step towards becoming a more recognized form of competition as the International Olympics Committee held a forum to discuss the inclusion of video gaming as an upcoming Olympic sport.