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Steam Keys Esports: A Quietly Competitive Japan

Since the early days of the the fighting game scene or any scene for that matter, Japan has dominated the rest of the world with their top tier reflexes, advanced gameplay tactics, and superior reads. However, at the dawn of Street Fighter V, a highly anticipated game by the competitive esports community, Capcom announced that there would be no arcades of the game. The company, instead, opted to focus on crane games as their physical arcade games. But this unprecedented event has Capcom exploring the possibilities, and profitability, of the online market by releasing their flagship game on PC.

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It’s relatively strange for a Japanese company to even release on PC due to their stance of extreme support for their console gaming industry, as well as being dissuaded by the dangers of piracy for games like Street Fighter. It’s progress.

Apparently envious of the success of MOBAs that have but a single and easily accessible platform, Street Fighter V is going on the same path. But this makes some people worry that the entire idea of “Japan Vs. The World” may become mere historical context all entirely.

Steam Keys: The Japanese Arcade Culture

Aside from the very Japanese trait of training till you can’t train anymore, the arcade culture of Japan is the biggest advantage it had over the rest of the world. Being able to compete in a tense and pressure-packed atmosphere, as well as exposure to all types of players and their diverse playstyles have enable Japanese players to do so well on the narrower-thinking world.

Without and arcade version of SFV, this advantage ceases to exist, with most challenges between players happening only online. This isn’t to throw shade at the concept of getting better at online match play, but there aren’t any stakes involved when combating another through net play. What sort of stakes, you ask? Well, the very idea that single 100 yen you put through the machine of course! That speaks volumes of what it feels like to be in an arcade; you don’t want your money wasted.

Surely, the prevalence of netplay in SFV will greatly make the game, and the genre, much more competitive and accessible to everybody else in the world. Secrets in Japanese gameplay will no longer remain secret. But this does foreshadow an end to an era.

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Steam Keys Esports: Daigo & Co. Dropped by Mad Catz

It has recently come to light that Mad Catz is taking a different direction with its company and may drop top tier fighting gamers Daigo Umehara, Mago, Tokido, and others, who are top Street Fighter players in the world, from company sponsorship. Rumors have it that the company is in dire straits at the moment and is in need of all of its partitioned budgets to be focused on a solitary project.

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Steam Keys Esports: The Company’s Direction

Not only that, but Mad Catz has recently announced that it will be laying off 37% of its staff in order to support its new hierarchy. With another former Mad Catz sponsored fighting gamer, Poongko, signing off on DoTA’s Team Secret, the Mad Catz hullabaloo is just further being amplified.

Daigo Umehara, one of the most, if not the most, successful individual esports athlete has been sponsored by Mad Catz for an extremely long time. Along with his contemporaries, Tokido and Mago, they are only three of the Fighting game gods of Japan that will be without any financial backing if their contracts are not renewed. The players themselves have stated that their initial contracts will end or have ended this March of 2016 and are unsure of their future with the company.

Steam Keys Esports: The Future of the Mad Catz Gods

If worse comes to worst, they will be forced to part ways with Mad Catz, however there won’t be any real difficulty in finding some other to sponsor them. Like what was earlier stated with Poongko, many Moba esports teams have been opening their doors to professional fighting gamers and they may well be picked up by other prolific teams such as Evil Geniuses, Red Bull, Razer, or maybe even Invictus Gaming. There is no shortage of teams that are willing to sponsor three of the best Street Fighter players in the world, it’s all a matter of what they will choose.

It’s in my opinion that this is going to be a grave error that Mad Catz will regret in the near future if they do not renew the contracts of their players. While the company may be flogging at the moment, it’s been famed for sponsoring Daigo Umehara and his fellow gods, and would do itself a disservice in letting that distinction go. Nothing is set in stone at the moment, so we’ll wait for further developments on that front.

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Steam Codes: Is Street Fighter V Worth Investing On?

Street Fighter V has been release for over a month or two now. Thousands and thousands of people bought the game but have different opinions on the fighting game.  So the question is, is Street Fighter V worth investing time on? You don’t have to resort to buy Steam Codes for another game for that one.

Steam Codes: Question

Someone from Reddit, AxelTheEternalBlood, asked about the topic:

“SFV is a great fighting game, awesome gameplay and cool characters but that’s where it stops for me. None of the characters have me interested in maining them. Alex will be the first one in V to get me invested in the game. Gonna main him but until then I just can’t play it. I don’t have a connection with any of the characters when I play. Also, another issue is that while being on PS4, I came from the FPS scene. So all my old friends just don’t play Fighters. So I was hoping to find some guys to play with on PSN. PSN:AxelTheEternal. CFN ID:Siegmund. Thanks.”

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Honestly, when Axel mentioned “SFV is a great fighting game”, the main question of “is SFV worth investing time on” was answered. Street Fighter V is a fighting game, enough said. No going beyond that. Adding the “awesome gameplay” he pertained plus the “cool characters”, those are bonuses for a fighting game. In my opinion, if you are not going to compete in tournaments and just a fan of fighting games, then maybe don’t invest too much time on it. But if you have competitive drive like me and winning games against other competitive people is a major high for me, then you need to be breathing SFV every second of your free time.

Street Fighter V will be the first SF iteration I will be playing seriously. I mentioned this because Alex said he has no connection with any of the characters in the game. Yeah true, it will be contributing to your enjoyment if you play the character you have a connection to it but for me, what’s important is you have connection on the game itself. Truth be told, even if you have this insane love for your character, sooner or later, you will be wanting to try other characters as well. Whether it be because you’re sick and tired of your main character or you want to know the strengths and weaknesses of the other characters, the point is, you will be using other characters. So no point on dwelling about having no any connection on any available characters in Street Fighter V.

Buy Steam codes and the game (PSN, Xbox, Steam Codes), train hard, play hard and win many. That’s how you can be sure about investing more time in a fighting game like SFV.