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