Capcom is working to bring the next iteration in the iconic Street Fighter franchise to the PlayStation 4 and PC during the middle part of next month, but the publisher is looking to take the series beyond a convention launch. eSports have risen to enormous heights and have gained a serious amount of exposure across the globe.
Street Fighter V arrives in a little over three weeks from now, but Capcom is considering taking the new game into the wide world of eSports. This has been a consideration for Capcom and Street Fighter in the past, however, the publisher has always been careful with how they combine eSports, Street Fighter and its community.
“In the past, we were actually against partnering up with any sort of corporations or companies out there that were treating eSports more like a business. And that has to do out of respect for some of our long-term tournament organizers… Our fear was that if we go out and partner up with companies concerned more about making a profit off the scene instead of the values that drive the community, then it could end up stomping out all these tournament organizers who are very passionate and have done so much for our franchise,” Capcom Director of Brand Marketing and eSports Matt Dahlgren told GI.
eSports are on an unstoppable rise in both the world of gaming and mainstream sports, and it continues to be a new avenue where people who are and are not familiar with gaming want to invest in. The possibilities are numerous, but it surely must be refreshing for Street Fighter community members to hear of Capcom’s considerate approach when thinking about adding in the eSports elements
Street Fighter V would be the experience that Capcom takes into the world of eSports and when you think about competition, mano a mano is the ideal way to go. Dahlgren went on to talk about how Street Fighter’s format is built for competition and people easily understanding it.
“I think fighting games are one of the purest forms of 1v1 competition. A lot of the other eSports games out there are team-based, and while there’s an appeal to those, there’s something about having a single champion and having that 1v1 showdown that’s just inherently easy for people to understand,” Dahlgren said.
We’ll see just what happens with Street Fighter V and its incorporation into eSports once the game has finally released. Street Fighter V launches for PS4 and PC this coming Feb. 16.