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known as the biggest fighting-game event in the Eastern hemisphere
I’ll be jetting off to Tokyo early next week to prepare for next weekend’s TOUGEKI – Super Battle Opera, or SBO for short. SBO is widely known as the biggest fighting-game event in the Eastern hemisphere and is truly a global event with players from all over the world attending. SBO is traditionally an arcade machine-based tournament and event, although much like the EVO series in 2004, SBO this year made the change to also include console-based tournaments.
SBO’s fierce lineup of games and competition covers the following games this year:
Mad Catz Japan yesterday announced through TOUGEKI’s parent company Enterbrain, that we are the official FightStick and controller of the event!
The MLG Pro Circuit Controller for PlayStation 3 is the official controller, and the SOULCALIBUR V Arcade FightStick SOUL Edition is the official arcade stick of TOUGEKI. The controller’s recommendation stemmed from the EVO 2012 SOULCALIBUR V champion, Shining Decopon, who prefers controllers over arcade sticks.
Mad Catz is an official sponsor of the event and we’ll be supporting the gaming community that shows up in a big way. We’ll have a booth showing off our latest products available in Japan, including the MLG Pro Circuit Controller, SOULCALIBUR V FightStick, Street Fighter X Tekken range of products, and more. Our newly appointed intern here at Mad Catz will also be at the event! One of the most renowned gamers in the fighting-game scene, Marie-Laure Norindr, known to most of the world as “Kayane,” will be participating in the main TOUGEKI tournament and playing in exhibition matches at the Mad Catz booth!
You’ll also be sure to see some of the fighting-game legends from all over the world at this event! From EG’s Justin Wong, Mad Catz’s Western Wolves’ Ryan ‘Prodigal Son’ Hart, Mad Catz’ Kayane and more… Make sure you stay tuned to our site and our Twitter feed for updates throughout the weekend!
TOUGEKI/SBO starts next weekend, August 4, in Japan. Some of the event will be live streamed (for free) via Nico Nico, while the entire experience will be pay per view. For more information on TOUGEKI – Super Battle Opera, please check their official site and social media accounts, listed below (most of the information is in Japanese):
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