Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know Capcom Cup is going down this weekend. But big events like this often come with a lot of pertinent information that may not spread as far as it needs to. To help folks catch as much competition as possible, we’ve decided to collate these details in one place. If you have any questions surrounding the big event, we hope this helps you sort things out.
What is Capcom Cup?
Capcom Cup’s roots first took hold back in 2012 with the Street Fighter 25th Anniversary tournament. By holding global qualifiers, Capcom was able to gather together some of the world’s best fighting game players to compete in Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition ver. 2012, Street Fighter x Tekken, Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike, and Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix. While future events would be refined and eventually slimmed down to just Street Fighter IV, this anniversary tournament served as a strong foundation for Capcom’s future endeavors in the competitive scene.
Similar to past events, this year’s group of Capcom Cup participants have been pulled from across the world through a series of Ultra Street Fighter IV qualifiers. Some provided players a direct avenue to the main bracket by placing first while others only offered ranking points, but they all had one thing in common: hype. Competitors flew from tournament to tournament in an effort to secure their spot in the main event, the lure of monetary rewards and community-wide recognition urging them forward.
So who qualified?
It would probably be easier at this point to ask who didn’t qualify, to be honest. This year’s expansion to a thirty-two player bracket blew the playing field wide open, allowing a broader collection of competitors to participate and show what they have up their sleeves. The final lineup was still in flux right up to the last Capcom Pro Tour event at DreamHack Winter 2015, with only a few points separating the few remaining qualifiers.
|Snake Eyez||Red Bull||USA|
|Justin Wong||Evil Geniuses||USA|
|Humanbomb||Canada Cup||Hong Kong|
What does the bracket look like?
Capcom provided an early preview of the official bracket earlier this week, and it’s a doozy. Some of the more interesting matchups include a meeting between Daigo Umehara and Dieminion, the latter of which currently holds a score of 3-1 over the Japanese legend; a European showdown featuring Luffy and Problem X, who have played a whopping sixteen matches in Ultra Street Fighter IV tournaments; and a Capcom Pro Tour Asia rematch between GamerBee and Gackt.
Also, be sure to check out the Capcom Cup prediction contest being ran by UltraChen TV, Mad Catz, and Maxoplata if you think your fantasy bracket is good enough to win. You could score some sweet prizes.
But what are they fighting for(rrrrr)?
Quite a bit, actually! While fighting game competition has mainly centered around proving you’re the best instead of earning money over the years, recent developments have seen skill translate directly to financial success on numerous occasions. And while we’re not exactly rolling around in eSports money, Capcom Cup is offering up a $250,000 prize pool this weekend.
As for how that will be divvied up, well, we got the scoop on that as well. First place will be rewarded a sizable $120,000, second place will earn $60,000, and third will get $25,000. The payouts get progressively lower down to the tied seventh place position, but their still nothing to scoff at!
How do I watch?
Capcom Cup spectators have two options available to them: in-person or online. If you plan to attend the event yourself, you’ll need to purchase some sort of PlayStation Experience pass. As the tournament is scheduled for Sunday, December 6, folks who want to watch Capcom Cup will have to purchase either two-day passes for $75 each or a Sunday-only ticket for $40. Both will allow you access to the main convention.
Those of you on the fence may want to look into the two-day entrance pass in order to catch the fighting games panel featuring Capcom’s Yoshinori Ono, Bandai Namco Entertainment’s Katsuhiro Harada, and Radiant Entertainment’s Seth Killian. It’s sure to be great!
Online viewing is a little easier. This year, Capcom Cup will feature two streams, and you can catch them both through the official broadcast hub. This will let you switch back and forth between the action on either stream or catch both at the same time, as well as enjoy commentary by folks like David “UltraDavid” Graham, James Chen, Victor “Spooky” Fontanez, Femi “F-Word” Adeboye, Logan-sama, and Skisonic.
When does all this go down?
As we mentioned before, the entirety of Capcom Cup is scheduled for Sunday, December 6. Competition is set to kick off at 10:30 AM PST and go until at least 9:30 PM, so set aside a good chunk of time if you want to see it all. A more detailed schedule including time zone conversions can be found below.
|Opening Ceremony||10:00 AM||1:00 PM||6:00 PM||3:00 AM (Mon)|
|Top 32 to Top 16||10:30 AM||1:30 PM||6:30 PM||3:30 AM (Mon)|
|Analyst Desk||2:00 PM||5:00 PM||10:00 PM||7:00 AM (Mon)|
|Top 16 to Top 8||2:30 PM||5:30 PM||10:30 PM||7:30 AM (Mon)|
|Analyst Desk||5:30 PM||8:30 PM||1:30 AM (Mon)||10:30 AM (Mon)|
|Top 8||6:30 PM||9:30 PM||2:30 AM (Mon)||11:30 AM (Mon)|
|Awards Ceremony||9:30 PM||12:30 AM (Mon)||5:30 AM (Mon)||2:30 PM (Mon)|
Not much! Capcom Cup is sure to be a crazy ride, and probably the last major spotlight Ultra Street Fighter IV will have before the arrival of Street Fighter V in February. This is the fighting game community at its best, so be sure to check it out, share with friends, and have a great time.
If we missed anything important, feel free to drop us a line in the comments and we’ll add it to our article as soon as possible.