Mobile Developer Cygames Signs on Daigo Umehara, Snake Eyez, & PR Balrog

By on March 1, 2017 at 5:00 pm
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Cygames unleashes the Beast!

Japanese mobile game developer Cygames–known for their hit digital collectible card game Shadowverse–has announced that it will sponsor a legendary trio of esports athletes: bringing Daigo Umehara, Darryl “Snake Eyez” Lewis and Eduardo “PR Balrog” Perez under its banner for its foray into the world of fighting games. The group will adopt their name from Umehara’s famous moniker: Cygames Beast.

Cygames is well-equipped to make an impact on Street Fighter V’s competitive scene with this combo of Umehara’s indomitable Ryu, PR Balrog’s hard-punching namesake, and Snake Eyez’s deadly Zangief. Cygames will act as a co-sponsor to Snake Eyez (shared with Red Bull) and to Umehara (shared with Red Bull, Twitch, and HyperX).

Here’s what these fighters had to say about their new sponsorship:

Daigo “The Beast” Umehara:

I feel great to be able to start the new CPT season with a new partner joining my existing great support team of Red Bull, Twitch, and HyperX. I am honored to be a part of Cygames, one of the greatest mobile game makers in Japan. I believe this new partnership will not only help further US community growth, but it will also bridge the gap between the US and Japanese esports scenes.

It’s very exciting for me to be reunited with Street Fighters from around the globe, discover and meet new and young faces throughout the CPT 2017 season. It is my desire to visit the countries I have never been to and meet the community members there.

No one can predict what is to happen in the end, but my goal is always to showcase my gameplay. To put up an exciting game is my job. I am only going to work hard to do that.

Eduardo “PR Balrog” Perez:

I feel very proud and honored to be representing Cygames throughout this year, and I’m extremely grateful that they believe in me. My goal going into Capcom Pro Tour this year–aside from trying my best to win–is to take some time and try and grow the community further, since fighting games are getting popular, I want to be able to teach not only by streaming, but by creating content on other platforms and spreading our awesome game.

Darryl “Snake Eyez” Lewis:

I think it’s an amazing opportunity to partner up with Cygames. Seeing new companies emerge in the fighting game community is always an eye-opener to how big our scene is getting. I started playing Street Fighter back when none of this even came across my mind, so it’s crazy seeing all the opportunities available to us now. Capcom Pro Tour is getting bigger every year, and I plan on participating in as many tournaments as I can. I plan on becoming stronger both mentally and technically, and to ultimately (of course) win Capcom Cup 2017. I also want to take part in projects that will bring more people into Street Fighter, so our community could grow even bigger.

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Source: Cygames, Inc. [Photo of Eduardo Perez by Rose.]

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