With six fig­ures on the line, the US steps up its SF game


The an­nounce­ment that Akuma would be join­ing the cast of Street Fighter V got a bet­ter re­cep­tion than it de­served, thanks in no small part to the an­nual Cap­com Cup, the cli­max of the Street Fighter sea­son, be­ing folded into PSX once again. Later that evening, the $230,000 grand prize would be won by an Amer­i­can player, Du ‘Nuck­ledu’ Dang. Com­pet­i­tive Street Fighter has been over­whelm­ingly dom­i­nated by Ja­panese play­ers his­tor­i­cally; Dang’s vic­tory, af­ter a grand-fi­nals bat­tle with an­other US player, Ricki Or­tiz, was her­alded as a trans­fer of power. Yet SFV has proven less than pop­u­lar in the east. Among the top Ja­panese play­ers it’s known as Street Fighter Duty –a game they don’t want to play, but have to.

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