Capcom Pro Tour NA Finals at Red Bull Battle Grounds will offer side tournaments, a virtual reality experience, and more

By on October 26, 2017 at 10:00 am
red bull battle grounds logo 2017

Red Bull Battle Grounds will be a celebration of everything Street Fighter!

Red Bull will be pulling out all the stops as they host the Capcom Pro Tour North American Finals at Red Bull Battle Grounds, in Boston, MA, on November 18 and 19. In addition to completing the North American portion of the CPT competition, they have much, much more planned to help celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Street Fighter:

NOSTALGIA REIGNS

The Street Fighter franchise will also be celebrated with side tournaments including Ultra Street Fighter IV, Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike, and Super Street Fighter II Turbo, and multiple prize pools are up for grabs.

A GAME-LIKE VENUE

The Capcom Pro Tour North American Finals at Red Bull Battle Grounds will take place at the The Castle in Boston on November 18-19. The historical landmark is reminiscent of the Street Fighter V “Union Station” stage, giving attendees the opportunity to feel like they are in the game. Hundreds of hopeful challengers from around the continent will gather at the two-day spectacular for a 512 player open bracket tournament and a chance at winning a spot at the grand finals on Sunday.

VIRTUAL REALITY

With so many iterations of the game and technology evolving over three decades, it’s finally time to put yourself inside your favorite game. The iconic Street Fighter II bonus stage where your favorite characters beat a car to smithereens will now be able to put you in the driver’s seat — figuratively, not literally. Built using HTC Vive and its innovative Vive Trackers, you can have the most immersive Street Fighter experience ever imagined. The Street Fighter II Bonus Stage Virtual Reality experience is only available at both days of the competition. Dive into your favorite game and take that aggression to the streets! The virtual streets of Street Fighter II that is — retro-style. Destroy a car using your fists and get as many points as possible before the countdown ends. Cheer on your friends as you get their first-person point-of-view displayed for all to see.

INSPIRED ART

In celebration of 30 years of Street Fighter; local Boston artist and game franchise enthusiast, Merk Those, will be creating a 5-piece mural showcasing the creative evolution of the Street Fighter characters since their first introduction in 1987! The piece will be unveiled during the weekend kickoff event at the newly-opened Balance Patch gaming café just steps away from Boston University campus grounds.

The 30th Anniversary of Street Fighter/Red Bull Battle Grounds Kickoff Event will take place at the Balance Patch on November 17th, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Tickets are still available for Saturday’s open competition, and for spectators; they cost $10.00 USD, and can be used for both days. For more information and ticket links head to the official Red Bull Battle Grounds website!

[UPDATE: Clarification — there is a charge to enter and compete, however spectators can attend for free.]

red bull battle grounds cpt na finals banner 2017

Source: Red Bull Esports [press release]

Shoryuken.com Editor-in-Chief and performing member of Kita no Taiko. Street Fighterin' since there was only a "II" in the name.