Bandai Namco announced that this year’s Tekken World Finals will take place outside of Japan for the first time in its over 20 year history.
The largely popular event will take place at the City View at Metreon in San Francisco on November 12, where the top 16 Tekken 7 players from around the globe will gather to face off and fight to become the champion.
The event, sponsored by no other than Nissin Cup Noodle, will allow a new crowd of fans to witness the event that has been exclusive to the Japanese fan base. The event will take place all-day beginning at 12:00pm PST as the first double elimination rounds of the Tekken World Tour Finals start and will be streamed exclusively on Twitch.
This year’s players will travel from the Americas, Europe, and Asia-Pacific regions to find a champion among them. Tekken franchise Director, Ketsuhiro Harada, and Senior Designer, Michael Murray, will both be in attendance to present the winner with a $50,000 grand prize and the champion title.
“Tekken 7 has brought many new experiences to our fans and having the Tekken World Finals take place outside of Japan is the latest experience we want to give them.” says Katsuhiro Harada, Tekken Franchise Director at Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc. “To see Tekken 7 met with such enthusiasm and have so many skilled competitors emerge around the globe makes the long hours and hard work the Tekken team put into the game well worth our blood, sweat, and tears.”
“Tekken 7 has taken the world by storm, especially in the United States. To have the Tekken World Tour Finals take place outside of Japan signifies the global strength of the Tekken franchise and the competitive capabilities of players around the world.” says Eric Hartness, Vice President of Marketing at Bandai Namco Entertainment America Inc. “We invite all Tekken and fighting game fans to join us for the Tekken World Tour Finals where the competition will be fierce, the action will be non-stop, and by the end of the night, a new Tekken champion will be crowned.”
Fans will be able to attend the event in-person with tickets available now.
Tekken 7 is available now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC-via Steam.