With the recent announcement of the esports pro licenses in Japan, along with other teams starting up mentoring initiatives, Japanese esports organization Scarz have begun their own Street Fighter V training scheme. Titled the “Scarz Youth Project,” the program will have one player training under Scarz|Sako to become a pro player.
The first phase of the audition process was an online bracket, where 19 Japanese players between the ages of 18 and 25 fought against each other with Sako spectating. From that initial 19, Scarz whittled the candidates down to six finalists, who will then compete in an offline audition on Saturday to determine who will become Sako’s pupil. The six finalists are as follows:
Seeing as the online audition was streamed, it stands to reason that the offline portion will be streamed as well — most likely on Sako’s Twitch channel. With more and more Japanese organizations running these schemes to train up the next generation of Street Fighter players, I wonder who will be the first Western esports organization to run a similar training program.