A regular fixture in the Japanese gaming calendar, Tokaigi 2018 is looking to be a jam-packed event, with multiple games getting special tournaments. Alongside the annual Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Invitational hosted by NicoNico, this year’s Tokaigi will feature tournaments for:
Like last year’s Smash 4 Invitational, the bracket is made up of four foreign players and 12 Japanese players. Six Japanese players have already qualified, with six spots to be filled via special Tokaigi qualifiers at regional events like Umebura, Sumabato, Shulla-bra and so on. Here is the current player line-up:
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For Tekken 7 and Street Fighter V, these events will also issue the first of Japan’s pro licenses for select players — bringing the country’s new esports initiative into effect. In the case of Street Fighter V, the tournament will be made up of invited players, who will play off in an initial group stage, with the top two from each group making it to a final bracket. The winner of the overall bracket will then be awarded the first pro license for Street Fighter V — although the rules have yet to be finalized so this grand prize may change.
As for Tekken 7, six players have already been picked to compete in the pro license tournament: three from special online qualifiers and another three from Bandai Namco’s official Japanese Championship Battle series that they held earlier in January. The final two players will then be selected from a special last chance qualifier, held at Tokaigi 2018.
The Tokaigi website also provides more information on the actual pro licenses themselves, but you’ll need to read Japanese to fully understand it. All of these tournaments are to be streamed via NicoNico, so expect more information on the competitors as we draw closer to the event.
Source: Tokaigi 2018