Friday May 03, 2013
The following blog was written by our Brand Manager Jeff Beckham who recently attended the Virtua Fighter 5 SEGA Cup. Check his wrap up from the day, catch the streaming links, and check the final finishers list!
Thanks to everyone for coming out to the first annual Sega Cup! We had 95 competitors representing 6 countries and 17 US states, and it turned out to be a phenomenal day of high-end Virtua Fighter competition. The best part was seeing how much the game means to all of the devoted fans who showed up in person and on the stream, so thanks again for your support.
The top storyline was definitely the progress of the American players. With Final Showdown in their hands for nearly a year now, they made significant strides against the International competition. Leading the charge was Gentleman Thief, an up-and-coming player from Florida. After losing to Itabashi Zangief in pool play and going into the loser’s bracket, he won his way into the top 16 bracket. He continued to advance by winning game after game, and eventually had his revenge against Itabashi in the Loser’s finals. In the end, Fuudo was too much for him, but overall, it was an amazing performance by Gentleman Thief.
Top 16 finishers
1. $3,000: Fuudo
Watch the Full Stream!
In case you couldn’t catch the action live, you can find all ten hours right here thanks to LevelUp!
SEGA would like to personally thank all the VF fans for making the first annual Sega Cup such an awesome event! Don’t forget to register for the SEGA Cup Europe on August 3rd, 2013.
Friday Apr 19, 2013
The SEGA Cup 2013 Virtua Fighter Tournament is tomorrow! We have players from 7 countries and 16 US states registered to compete, and top EVO finishers Fuudo (champion) and Itazan (runner-up) will be flying in from Japan! We’ll also have other top 16 EVO finishers, including Gentleman Thief, Jide, and R Panda.
If you’re competing in the event, please be sure to bring your ID with you so we can check you in. We’ve posted the bracket information below… best of luck!
Can’t make it? Don’t worry! We’ve got a live stream for you! You can watch the tournament at http://www.twitchtv.com/leveluplive
$16,000 is up for grabs… who will win the SEGA Cup?
Schedule and Brackets
Wednesday Apr 17, 2013
The blog entry below was written by Justin Wong, who is training for the SEGA Cup 2013 Virtua Fighter Tournament.
Hello Virtua Fighter Players and Fans,
I’ve been playing Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown for about two months now and I’m having a blast! It’s been great to enter locals and majors and meet a lot of the key VF players. My progress has been pretty good, considering I started out going 0-2 in a local tournament but was recently able to make top 4 at Final Round just two months later. I really hope I can keep this momentum up.
Now I’m looking to take my practice routine to the next level. I will be incorporating more of Jacky’s mixups to make my opponent think twice before striking. I also am still very weak at breaking throws and fuzzy guarding so I need to practice both of those in training mode and in matches. However, by far the biggest thing will be learning character-specific combos. I learned that the hard way when I was playing a fellow VF player, Shidosha, online. He completely destroyed me with Taka and Jeffery because my combos weren’t connecting against their heavy weight class.
I haven’t fought against every character yet but I do feel pretty comfortable with Akira, Brad, Goh, Jacky, Jean, Jeffry, Pai, Sarah, Shun Di, and Taka. It will still take some work to be really effective against the others but at least I know enough to be competitive. If you guys want, I would love to play anyone online sometime!
My hope for the Sega Cup is to make the top 16. I know that many top players will be traveling for this and I may not have enough experience to take out the masters, but the learning process will be fun and I am willing to endure it because I really like the game.
Thank you guys again for the support and here is one of my latest tournament matches from Final Round. I hope to improve a lot more by Sega Cup and I’d love suggestions on what I need to do better.
Don’t forget to find me online and follow me on Twitter (@JWonggg).
Friday Apr 12, 2013
Have you registered for the SEGA Cup 2013? If not, you should get on it, because we only have 128 slots and they are filling up fast! Registration closes on April 15th at 11:55 PM Pacific time, and there will be no onsite registration. Register today!
SEGA Cup 2013 is the first annual SEGA Virtua Fighter tournament, and will be held at the Super Arcade in Los Angeles, CA on April 20, 2013. We’ll be playing Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown on PS3. If you have fight sticks, bring them! We’ll be giving away $16,000 in prizes, including $3,000 for first place! The tournament is open to everyone, so come play some Virtua Fighter with us!
If you can’t be there in person, we’re partnering with Level | Up to live stream the event so you can still see all the action.
Monday Mar 11, 2013
Hi everyone, it’s Justin again. I’ve been playing Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown for over a month now and I must say I am having a lot of fun. I’ve continued to play with Jacky and I can see why people consider him top tier. He plays fast and has a lot of high-damage moves.
I have been practicing with LA Akira and he has taught me a lot about the game mechanics and what a beginner like me should focus on before I learn more in-depth strategy. I have also been getting a lot of help from my Twitter followers, friends and other veteran VF players. One move that was recommended to me was the Beat Knuckle. It comes in handy because it’s an easy 35% damage and is so fast that it fits my style of whiff punishing. My next goal is to learn all of Jacky’s moves that will put me in high-advantage situations.
While I still have a lot of work to do, I’ve been most successful at using momentum to my advantage and punishing my opponents’ mistakes. My experience with other fighting games has helped me to read opponents and evade their attacks. However, I am still learning the frame data so I don’t yet know how to best punish my opponent in different situations, such as when I block their attack.
During my travels I’ve been entering VF5FS tournaments across the country and it has been a great learning experience. I played in the Winterbrawl tournament two weeks ago and lost to one of the best players in the country, Denkai. I couldn’t get anything started and he killed me, but his awesome use of fuzzy guarding was a good wake up call for what I need to learn to take my game to the next level. I played in Loser’s against a Brad player. I really didn’t know what to expect from Brad but at least I was able to keep it very close. I was very depressed but the VF players on the East Coast told me to keep it up and that they were impressed, which was pretty nice of them.
The week after I went to Wednesday Night Fights hosted by Superdojo and Level Up and entered the local tournament there for VF. I placed 3rd in that tournament and I was pretty happy that I wasn’t the worst player at the tourney. I think I got that far because I fought three Jackys in a row so I knew what to expect, but it was a great learning experience to see what other good players were doing with my character. I hope to enter more VF tournaments before the Sega Cup because I believe that the more experience I get, the better my chances are.
I will continue to hone my skills in Virtua Fighter and hope to do my best in future Virtua Fighter tournaments!!! Don’t forget to find me online and follow me on Twitter (@JWonggg).
Tuesday Mar 05, 2013
NiGHTS into … fighting games? It’s true! NiGHTS into Dreams along with four classic arcade style fighting games are on sale for XBox Live Arcade’s Deal of the Week.
Here’s what’s on tap for the week:
So whether you want to pursue your dreams in a unique psychedelic landscape unlike anything in gaming history, or merely pummel all opponents into bloody submission — be they hedgehog or karate master – we have a game that is right for you!
Tuesday Feb 19, 2013
Virtua Fighter fans, we hope you are as excited about the upcoming SEGA Cup tournament as we are! Today’s update features new information about registration and prizing for our tournament.
The first annual Sega Virtua Fighter Tournament will be held at the Super Arcade in Los Angeles on April 20, 2012 – it will be exclusively for Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown and is open to anyone who can attend. Sega to partner with Level |Up for hosting and streaming of the event, so even if you can’t be there in person, you can watch from afar and cheer competitors on!
To register, hit the link below to visit our Eventbrite registration page. The Tournament is $10 to enter, and features up to 128 slots. Payment is available through Paypal only. You MUST register by April 15th, there will be no on-site registration.
Cash Prizes will be awarded to the top 16 players across the tournament, following the breakdown below.
We wish every competitor the best of luck and look forward to see everyone this April for the Tournament.
Monday Feb 11, 2013
Hello Virtua Fighter community! My name is Justin Wong, and I’ve been fortunate enough to be one of the most successful fighting game players in North America. I’ve won many EVOs in Marvel vs. Capcom 2 and have finished in the top 8 in Capcom vs. SNK2, Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike, Super Street Fighter II: Turbo, Tekken 5, Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, and Street Fighter 4. I do not have a lot of experience with 3D fighters aside from some light involvement with the Tekken franchise, but I’m excited for the challenge of learning Virtua Fighter.
I started playing Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown last week and can honestly say it has been a lot of fun so far. I’m still learning about the game but here is a stream of me practicing with some friends. It’s roughly 4 hours of me learning Jacky combos, chatting with other VF5 FS players, and facing off against Floe, another amazing fighting game player. http://www.twitch.tv/eg_jwong/b/363015808
To prepare for the Sega Cup on April 20th I will also be training with some SoCal VF players from time to time and playing online matches with players from across the country. As you can see, I decided to start playing as Jacky. I like his fighting style and was told he is a good character to start with, but I also like that he is strong enough to compete at the highest levels. I have seen top players like Denkai use him successfully so it seemed like a strategic choice for me.
While I don’t expect to win the Sega Cup, I’m excited at the challenge and I hope that by doing my best I can show you guys that I am committed to being accepted in your community.
Thank you for your time.
Thursday Jan 24, 2013
The SEGA Cup is coming this April, offering Virtua Fighter fans from around the world a chance to complete for top honors in a SEGA-sponsored tournament. Along the way, we’re doing something fun – we’re taking an established 2D fighting champion and challenging him to compete in Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown.
The Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown Challenge
The Road to SEGA Cup 2013
While Justin is great at 2D games and occasionally 3D fighting games, he’s not played Virtua Fighter 5 in a competitive format. Ever. We’re giving Justin the keys, letting him set his training regimen and we’re inviting everyone along for the ride.
Want to see what character he picks? Follow his twitter at @JWonggg for all the up-to-the-minute details. Want to see him spar online against other players in matches? Catch the streams and see how he’s progressing. Want more details on the training and playing? Read the SEGA blog regularly to grab an in-depth look at key areas of the game.
Look for more info on The Virtua Fighter Challenge right here on the blog, we’ll have more info as we get closer to the tournament.
Wednesday Dec 19, 2012
Season’s Greetings, SEGA friends! To celebrate the Holidays — where perhaps the depths of Winter make staying in and playing a bit more video games seem like a grand idea — we have for you a very mega holiday sale: behold! Games on Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, Android and iOS are all going on sale. Here’s a rundown.
Date:Dec 18th – Jan 8th Please note that games will be on sale for all PlayStation Network members in North America, and that North American members of PlayStation Plus will receive an additional discount. Both are listed below. Also, please note some of these games are packaged bundles. Check the description for full info! PlayStation Network games are on sale for North America only.
Xbox Live Arcade
Date:December 18th – December 31st All games are on sale worldwide!
Mobile Titles: Android & iOS
Date:December 20th – January 3rd Android and iOS titles are on sale worldwide!
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