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.