People of Earth, lend Mike Ross your strength … ¯\(⇀‸↼)/¯
The sound of Tiger Shots echoed throughout the streets of Akihabara this past weekend with a ferocity that hasn’t heard in years. When the GODSGARDEN x TwitchTV Classic Tournament came to its conclusion, the god of Muay Thai fighting, Sagat, was clearly the player favorite in this special tournament where only characters from the original Street Fighter II were allowed.
Some dared to test the god, however, as American player and “The People’s Champ,” Mike Ross (E.Honda) had a very impressive run throughout the tournament. In typical Mike Ross fashion his matches were some of the most exciting of the tournament, such as his nail-biter of a set versus Neurosis (M.Bison). Mike ultimately placed fourth making him both the highest placing foreigner to compete in GODSGARDEN x TwitchTV, as well as the highest placing, non-Sagat player.
While Sagat dominated top three competition, the matches themselves were still very exciting for those who appreciate the subtle art of careful plasma chucking. We’d like to thank the crew at GODSGARDEN for putting together this fantastic event, as well as all the players in attendance! Please join us in congratulating our winners and enjoy the VODs.
1st – Bonchan (Sagat)
2nd – Hanamaruki (Sagat)
3rd – Acqua (Sagat)
4th – Mike Ross (E. Honda)
5th – Neurosis (M. Bison)
On November 27, GODSGARDEN, Japan’s most revered fighting game community, joins forces with TwitchTV, the world’s largest video game broadcasting community, to bid farewell to Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition with a special “Classic Tournament.” Set in Akihabara, Japan, this “Classic Tournament” will feature some of the greatest fighting game talent in the world with players such as Mago, Kindevu, Itsabashi Zangief, Kazunoko, Mike Ross and more in attendance, all fighting for a $1,000 USD prize pool, sponsored by TwitchTV.
This “Classic Tournament” is unique in that it features a strict rule on which characters are made available to players as only those found in the original Street Fighter II will be allowed for tournament play. This means that of the 39 characters available in Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, the only characters allowed for GODSGARDEN x TwitchTV will be Ryu, Ken, Chun-li, Guile, Blanka, Dhalsim, E.Honda, Zangief, Balrog, Sagat, Vega and M.Bison.
“To say that we’re proud to be entering into a collaboration with GODSGARDEN would be an understatement,” says Jared Rea, TwitchTV Community Manager. “Everyone at TwitchTV believes in the fighting game community. We’re working hard towards extending its reach, as well as accelerating its growth and it’s incredibly thrilling to now be doing so on a global level with a group that we respect as both players and organizers.”
“Cross Counter is excited to be a part of the GODSGARDEN event,” says Ryan “Gootecks” Gutierrez of Cross Counter, who will be traveling to Japan to take part in the tournament along with Mike Ross. “We are thrilled to return to Japan for such an exciting event and look forward to meeting all of the Japanese players and organizers. It’s great to have TwitchTV involved with such a prestigious event.”
GODSGARDEN x TwitchTV will be available for free online viewing at http://twitch.tv/godsgarden/ at 1PM JST (8PM PST, 5AM CET), November 27. If you’d like to be alerted via email when the event goes live, click on the “Subscribe” button on the GODSGARDEN TwitchTV page.
We’re extremely thrilled here at TwitchTV to announce a special collaboration with one of the most progressive fighting game communities in the world, GODSGARDEN. Since 2009, GODSGARDEN has been bringing high-quality Japanese gameplay to the world featuring some of the best talent in fighting games with innovative concept matches and tournaments.
On November 27, 1PM Japan time, that tradition continues as we proudly present GODSGARDEN x TwitchTV Classic Tournament: a Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition tournament with a twist! Players will only be allowed to choose from the original Street Fighter II cast! This means that out of the 39 characters available in the game, the only characters allowed for GODSGARDEN x TwitchTV will be Ryu, Ken, Chun-li, Guile, Blanka, Dhalsim, E.Honda, Zangief, Balrog, Sagat, Vega and M.Bison.
The event will be hosted at Twitch.tv/godsgarden and we hope to bring you more details concerning the players involved as the time draws near. We hope you come out and support GODSGARDEN and the Japanese fighting game community!