Street Fighter is one of the most popular fighting game series around and as a result, it has e-sports league with ESL. The tournaments hand out cash prizes to those players who place high up in the tournament; these aren’t just small cash prizes, however.
Street Fighter V has several different versions of the game and each version has its own e-sports league; the Arcade Edition also Ultra Street Fighter. The most recent version has more tournaments and larger price pools also; the Capcom Cup had a prize pool of $250,000 and the winner of the tournament claimed $120,000 of that.
These tournaments are huge and there are plenty of people who actively compete including women. Fighting games are for everyone and anyone who thinks they are skilled enough or who wants to improve more should consider taking their gaming to the next level with playing competitively. The biggest difference from casual and competitive play is that more competitive players use an arcade stick (not a controller, lol) which players need to learn and set the buttons however they like.
Playing in e-sport teachers similar things to physical sports and as Street Fighter is a solo e-sport player will learn skills and be taught lessons about themselves. Players must learn to trust in their ability completely, how to read their opponent, how to predict their movements and also how to stay calm when it starts looking bad for them.
Street Fighter e-sports is open to anyone with the skill and anyone willing to improve their gameplay.
Let me give you a tour of my gaming desk.
If anyone tells me they are a hardcore gamer but they are using controllers for fighting games, I laugh. Hahaha! ✌️
For the serious gamer, to use an arcade fight stick is important because it has you using your whole arm or wrist to move the joystick, while a pad only has your thumb, and thus the arcade stick gives you a faster, wider range of motion which will give you the advantage of the game.
My arcade fight stick is not new. It was given to me by “Twitch fans” when I used to play on Livestream back in 2015. They donated on my PayPal that cost USD 699 at that time and my Twitch friends requested that I should be able to buy Arcade Fight Stick with that money and so I did.
One top-up additional USD 80, hence I was able to purchase the limited edition of SFV arcade fight stick from Japan and it was shipped to Singapore a few days later. As soon as it arrived, I unboxed and used it. It seemed my actions are faster than usual and I am comfortable.
During “break time” I read the threads on Shoryuken forums to learn about other player’s opinion about using arcade fight stick and I learned there are many professional players are using it for the tournament.
My favourite characters on Street Fighter.
Just like everyone else, I love Chun Li then I started to like the character of Rainbow Mika she reminds me of my childhood’s favourite hero, Sailor Moon. My sister Hosanna is a good painter and artist when we were kids I begged her to paint me a Sailor Moon in exchange for doing chores. lol Whenever I am tired of the moves of Rainbow Mika in the game I switch to Cammy or Ibuki.
Here’s my gaming desk at home. I have three (3) gaming stations at home; on a working desk (large size table I got from Ikea), my bedroom where I set up a projector and connected it with my computer, and living room where I use a portable table to put my pc briefcase to play (it’s heavy lol).
Watch my SFV practice in the video below. Thank you for reading. Cheers!