Previous Canada Cup Champions to Compete in Pay-Per-View Ultra Street Fighter IV Master Series This November

By on July 28, 2014 at 9:12 pm


Many were saddened to hear about the end of Canada Cup from organizer Lap Chi Duong last year. His events regularly drew a huge amount of international talent (which may have contributed to its eventual demise) and all the great competition that one would expect from such a gathering. Over the past few weeks, however, there have been some inklings that the tournaments would reappear in some form this year.

Tonight, their silence was broken with an announcement for The Master Series. In addition to tournaments for Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and an unannounced third game, this event will bring together previous Canada Cup champions to duke it out alongside folks who qualify through other tournaments leading up to it. So far, Xian of Team Razer and Qanba’s Xiao Hai have accepted their spots in the invitational, with Daigo Umehara of Mad Catz and Kazunoko still to be confirmed.

To fill out the rest of the eight-player bracket, United States qualifiers have been granted to Wednesday Night Fights and an undetermined east coast event. The two final spots will be decided during an open bracket on The Master Series’ opening day.

Below, you’ll find a complete breakdown of the $20,000 CDN prize pool.

  • 1st – $10,000 CDN
  • 2nd – $4,000 CDN
  • 3rd – $2,500 CDN
  • 4th – $1,000 CDN
  • 5th/6th – $750 CDN
  • 7th/8th – $500 CDN

But, be aware, this high-profile event will forgo the normal free streams of most North American tournaments in favor of a pay-per-view system. While the first day will be completely free, spectators will need to drop $14.95 in order to tune into the last two and catch most of the Ultra action.

What will that money get you, besides actual access to the streams? Not much besides chat privileges and the ability to view on demand footage¬†after the event is over. The official announcement promises “an unforgettable experience” for spectators who aren’t able to make it to Canada in person, provided by “some of the best streamers and videographers the community has to offer,” but information on who these producers are has yet to be released.

The Master Series is scheduled for November 7-9 in Calgary, Alberta. More information on the event can be found through the official website.

Source: Canada Cup via NeoGAF

  • Woozle ThreeSixteen

    1495 is the new 895

  • “To fill out the rest of the eight-player bracket, qualifiers have been granted to Wednesday Night Fights and an undetermined east coast event”

    If it’s not TFC, then it’s some independent event that’s going to be held in the next three months. At least Lap Chi is getting his EVO money back…

  • Mash Harder

    The tournament that no one saw.
    Best of luck to them.

  • Keirnoth

    Thanks Lapchi, you’re doing so much for the FGC! /sarcasm

    • Yeah Lapchi, come back when you’ve done as Keirnoth here.

      • Luisito

        Lapchi desperatly needs to take some classes on managing budget man. The guy burned all his money on beer and unecessary things because he was too concerned with making everyone happy. Now he’s broke and needs to milk FGC in order to survive.

        Just because Lapchi did a lot and wasted all his money for the FGC doesn’t mean he’s the right guy. They need to find someone else who knows how to use the money and doesn’t get wasted all the time.

  • Ndebe

    Lapchi still going in on that 8.95. It’s like he isn’t even aware how bad of an idea it is. The stream monsters aren’t going to be paying for a stream if they don’t even have money in the first place.

  • Chimpan-A

    There are no words…

  • PringerX

    PPV lol

  • grezex29

    I can see this TOTALLY not flopping at all. It’s ridiculous enough having to pay to subscribe to Twitch channels to access the stream archives, let alone the stream itself.

  • pootnannies

    maybe if the game was amazing and full of excitement, you could get away with that kind of fee but this is USF4… good luck.

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  • Luisito

    Good luck lol. This is ambitious to say the least.

    Still beats sending a random scrub to get a game design formation. Kappa

  • richard713

    Now compare this with Bronson’s StrongStyle…
    With the quality he promised I thought it’s PPV but no, this guy is doing it for the community. I hope it gets more coverage on SRK.

  • bavobbr

    It’s the model that Topanga uses and I think they do so quite successfully. Of course the Japanese market is more used to PPV thanks to sites such as NicoNico pioneering that.

    To get this to work they need an international crowd, which will tune in for popular international players. The character choice needs to be considered as well (I remember ESGN having a season with more than half of the participants using Cammy).
    Xian, Daigo, Kazonoko and Xiaohai is enough for the Asian part. It needs Snake Eyez/PR Balrog/Dieminion or Justin Wong from US and then two top EU players like Luffy (!), Ryan hart or Alioune.

    Please think of EU, we also tend to watch Topanga. The only issue may be to find a broadcast time that works for every target audience.

    My suggestion for an event of world class: Xian (Gen), Xiaohai (Cammy), Daigo (Evil Ryu), Kazunoko (Yun), Snake Eyez (Zangief), PR Balrog (Balrog), Luffy (Rose), Ryan Hart (Sagat).

    I will pay

    • grezex29

      EVO is pretty much the biggest fighting game tournament around, and it’s usually not something that’s questioned. EVO doesn’t charge you to watch the streams or (I think) archives. As nice as Canada Cup was, it was NOT bigger than EVO, and neither is this Master Series.

      • bavobbr

        There is a difference between league and tournament. One can make a very interesting league on a much smaller scale than a tournament may need. Look at Topanga; the right invites bring in a ton of high-profile matches with a minimum of wasted time and chances. It is not very democratic, but highly efficient.
        It’s this kind of condensed and controlled quality that makes it attractive and enables it to draw a paying audience which knows upfront what it will get.

        • The guy has a point. I’m willing to pay just as an experiment, to see if it can catch on. I don’t pass up chances to see these pros fight… Balrog and Daigo always get my attention.

          • PJ

            Last time Lap charged for a stream, the quality was a complete disaster. Unless he announces both the streamer and the venue location (and their internet abilities), I’d be hard pressed to support this cash grab.

  • MasterScrub

    >pay per view

    8.95 never4get

  • Immodesty

    I wouldn’t pay $15 for the privilege of watching other people play video games in person, much less to watch footage broadcast over the internet.

  • Harmony Lab

    Yes! I can attend this one!!!

  • fohstick

    i can wait for the matches to be reuploaded on youtube

  • eilegz

    8.95 its back

  • PJ

    Yay, we can all pay $14.95 for what we just saw at EVO for free.

    • 7/11 Truther

      I don’t remember an EVO 2014 Top 8 with Daigo, Xian, Kazunoko and Xiaohai :).

      • PJ

        You mean the two people we didnt see that haven’t even confirmed yet?

    • Eileithyia

      you don’t have to pay. You just don’t watch it. no problem. The the matches won’t be even in youtube. Maybe on other illegal steam websites like youtube.
      And evo doesn’t matter. This has nothing to do with evo. First place of Topanga World League got more money than 90% of evo winner, so? Only this year, they improved the cash payout. last year Xian won like 5k or so, it was so sad.

      Topanga league did this, it was very successful. They only need 2000 viewers so like topanga league, they don’t need evo stream number. IF daigo is going, they will get alot of Japanese viewers. I heard they lost over 20k in last year’s canada cup anyway and it’s free. Stream or no stream, it doesn’t matter. This time, they don’t need to rent a big venue.

      Last two places finisher should have no money. lol

      • PJ

        Don’t get me wrong here, I think the overall idea is very sound. What I don’t think is sound at all is the person heading this up, and you’re right. I don’t have to pay, but I would and totally support this if it was being run by someone who hasn’t botched things royally in the past. There’s a reason that 8.95 joke is still running.

  • I just don’t agree with the whole PPV model. Although I get that sponsors and advertising is not as lucrative, I just don’t feel like fighting games are at that level. I enjoy seeing the big payouts but this kills viewership numbers.

  • tomnook

    Come on not even EVO was pay-per-view! The balls they have to charge people to watch there event?