Street Fighter is one of the most popular fighting game series around and as a result, it has an eSports league with the 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 IV has several different versions of the game and each version as its own eSports league; the Arcade Edition and also Ultra Street Fighter IV. The most recent version of the game however is Ultra Street Fighter IV which has more tournaments and larger prize pools also; the 2015 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’s plenty of people who actively compete including women. Fighting games are for everyone and anyone who thinks they 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 which players need to learn and set the buttons however they like.
Playing in eSport teaches similar things to physical sports and as Street Fighter is a solo eSport, players 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 eSports is open to anyone with the skill and anyone willing to improve their gameplay.
I’m still in a training mode and currently practising my combos on how to fight my opponents. Hopefully, once I am good enough I can experience fighting against other players in the tournament.