Now, selfishly, I must announce that this is incredibly awesome as I initially pitched the idea of G4 coverage to Capcom and Seth Killian back in January while checking out an early build of Super Street Fighter IV when I was still with G4. I attended Evo 2009 and even competed and saw first hand how exciting the series is. Of course, I must give it up to G4, Capcom, Evo, and Stickam for getting the deal done and for bringing full stream coverage and television coverage to the fighting community.
Evo is the largest fighting game tournament in the US, drawing fighting talent from all over the country and even the world. The best players will be on site competing for the title. Last year, Japan's Daigo Umehara, the best player in the world, defeated Justin Wong, the best player in the US, in the Street Fighter IV main event. This year, Super Street Fighter IV is the main event.
Brian Leahy: So how happy are you that I originally presented this idea to you?
Seth Killian: Um, extremely? I'm jumping around like a schoolgirl. It's not pretty.
Brian Leahy: This is a big step for Evo and fighting games. Did you ever think the community would get to this point?
Seth Killian: I've always believed in the future of fighting games. I know in my blood these are great games and great competitors, so my life's mission has always just been to show the rest of the world what fighting fans are all jumping around and screaming about.
It didn't happen overnight, but it's happening in a great way. This is an incredibly authentic competitive community with well over a decade of history. They're an amazing group, and these are amazing games, so while I don't like to let myself dream too much (you gotta keep your nose to the grindstone to make things really happen), this is exactly where we've been aiming to be for a long time.
Additionally, X-Play will run a special episode on July 20 at 6:30PM dedicated to the history of Evo and Capcom fighting games as well as include coverage of the Super Street Fighter IV finals from the tournament as well as a new preview of Marvel vs. Capcom 3.
The stream will eventually be found at G4tv.com/EVO and will cover all of the tournaments:
- Super Street Fighter IV
- Tekken 6
- Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix
- Tatsunoko vs. Capcom
- Marvel vs. Capcom 2
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