Capcom launches feeder leagues in order to attract players to Street Fighter competition
Three events have already been created so players can prepare for larger tournaments
Japanese video game publisher Capcom likes the video game Street Fighter. It likes it so much that it is backing Street Fighter eSports competitions. It is now setting in motion additional Street Fighter initiatives in order to grow interest around the tournaments, including the introduction of new feeder leagues and events. Three new leagues are already being introduced.
The first new league to be announced is the Street Fighter League: Arcade 2019. It will be found in amusement centers across Japan starting this month and will be followed by Street Fighter League: College-JP 2019 next month. As the name suggests, the league is geared more toward gamers at the college level. The last league will be a national “caravan” tournament called the Rookie’s Caravan 2019, which will come later this summer.
Capcom explains that the three competitions were created in order to be a “gateway for amateur players” in order to prepare them for Capcom’s big eSports tournament, the Street Fight League: Pro-JP.
The teams that take down the Arcade and College leagues, as well as the top players of the Rookie’s Caravan, will be given the opportunity to participate in a new “tryout” league, where they could potentially be drafted to become team leaders in the Pro League. The efforts are all part of Capcom’s push to become more involved in eSports, with the company making huge investments in the ecosystem. In keeping with that goal, the company merged its eSports and media licensing arms into Capcom Media Ventures last week.