Capcom took to its official blog to bring a new Street Fighter esports tournament to U.S. players for 2019: the Street Fighter Pro League. The team-based series will feature a mixture of "seasoned pros, newcomers, and fan-favorite players" all duking it out in the fan-favorite Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition.
The Pro league is a new opportunity for players to see if they've got what it takes by competing in a new 3-on-3 tournament series that operates separately from the Capcom Pro Tour. The Capcom Pro Tour will be returning for 2019 as well, but now there's a separate option for players looking to excel at other tournament-level competitions.
The North American Street Fighter Pro League will be comprised of six teams of three players competing over two seasons to see who will take home the first North America Pro League Championship. Each team will have their own captain, assigned by sifting through the top-ranked players from the CPT 2018 North American leaderboards. Additionally, there will be online qualifiers held to fill the teams' second slots. The third slots will allow for players voted in by members of the community.
The League will also have a character ban feature where teams can ban one character from the entirety of each match. Additionally, players can choose different characters from their teammates for the whole of each match. This is all in an effort to foster variety and strategic matchups.
The first season is set to begin in April 2019, and you can see tournaments every Thursday throughout May. Season 1's finale will be in June, though there isn't a date set for it yet. Season 2 will start with the Draft in August 2019 throughout November, and the winner will be crowned the first North American Pro League Champion. If you're interested in participating, stay tuned to Capcom's social channels for updates – and Shacknews will keep you in the loop as well.