Gootecks, MarkMan, and James Chen Hosting Fighting Game Community Panel at PAX East on March 23

By on March 6, 2013 at 12:10 pm

As many of you probably know, this year’s PAX East is quickly approaching. Much like any other convention, it will be full of developer booths and panels on a wide variety of subjects, but this year three well-known figures will be getting in on the action with a presentation on the fighting game community. Ryan “Gootecks” Gutierrez, Mad Catz’ Mark “MarkMan” Julio, and James Chen are set to host “The Fighting Game Community: From a Niche Genre to a Worldwide Phenomenon,” as a way to discuss the growth of our scene and introduce it to those who may be interested in what it’s all about. The panel’s full description has been included below.

As the growth in competitive gaming and eSports rises, one community is primed and ready for the spotlight: the fighting game community.  Influenced largely by the success of games like Street Fighter 4 and Marvel vs. Capcom 3, the fighting game community has grown into a cottage industry with members planning and organizing their own events, content producers streaming live and on-demand footage and prominent members getting hired by major developers based on their accomplishments in the community.

Join community leaders for a discussion about the current state of the FGC and its major events and projects, as well as the what the future may hold for the growth of the community.

Their panel will take place on March 23 at 5:00 PM in the Arachnid Theatre, and will last about an hour. Kelly “Ayaikun” Nylander will also be there to help, working in more of a support role. If you plan to attend the show and/or have a friend who is interested in our community, you may want to make plans to check it out.

Source: PAX East

  • I hope James Chen’s entire lecture is composed entirely of puns.

  • J.D SRK

    does anyone know if this will be streamed?

    • Oh, the irony, given the quote “content producers streaming live “.

  • Dave Passmore JR

    You mean the same fighting game community that blatantly tries to disrespect each other and the games they play, as well as react to any kind of news and events in a most entitled and sanctimonious way?

    What’s there to talk about? “Come join a community where we’ll purposely berate you and make you feel less than for being nowhere near [insert current popular player name here]’s skill level as opposed to assist you with getting better or raising the bar in terms of your level of play. We’ll call you a “scrub” or a “fraud” until you get popular or hip – it’s then that we will embrace and welcome you as one of our own, primarily because sponsors and streams will be all over you and no one wants to be a part of the crew that wasn’t cheering for you when you got hot!”

    THAT fighting game community?Oh.

    Sarcasm aside, I hope both the showout and the panel itself go really well. But, those involved really know what it is and what it’s like…

    • nnyforshort

      I wish that weren’t like 75% true…

    • J.D SRK

       you’re wrong, there are plenty of people in the community who aren’t celebrities yet they are respected (like Adelheid Stark or Darksim)

      The people you describe sound more like those who dont ask the questions in the right place and are merely looking for attention and doing things like a whole new thread for their V.Joe Hsien Ko Phoenix team. That’s asking to be flamed.

      If you don’t take the time to lurk and understand before you post, then you will be flamed in just about every online community. It’s also worth noting that more than likely you’ve never been to EVO or a major if you feel that way about us. This community is amazing, give it a try offline.

      • nnyforshort

        The community CAN be amazing.  But there is a pretty prevalent attitude–and I mean offline–of show up, get your ass beat, rinse, repeat until winning starts. If anything, I think it might be more prevalent offline. Maybe those people are just shitty teachers, but it’s a common attitude.  If they don’t know you, they’re happy to stomp your ass repeatedly at a game they’ve ate, slept, and breathed for years, while offering no pointers.

        I know it’s getting to be less of a scenewide problem, as sites like DL and SRK force the community to become more self-aware, but it makes it extremely discouraging for noobs to break into the scene.  I’m glad that the new attitude is “grow the scene,” not “protect the scene,” but old habits die hard, and there’ll always be those guys who spot fresh meat and decide to prove a point about skill gaps with a Cable, Sentinel, Mags beatdown.  Or worse, troll and berate with Dan, Servbot, Roll.

        I don’t know where I’m going with this, exactly, but I guess my point is that as much as I love the FGC, it’s not all sunshine and dandelions.  And it loves to shoot itself in the foot.

    • As much as people love to talk shit, back up their friends, and shun new-comers, they love just as much to be silenced. If you can grind on your own or with your own friends and come in and shut them up, they respect that more than anything. And you can be more proud of what you accomplished this way.

    • Riot

       Go meet the FGC IRL and stop watching streams.

  • G

    Well Said!! Dave