How Capcom Turned Street Fighter Into a Global ESport

Capcom’s Street Fighter franchise has been around since 1987, but it’s only been recently that the game has emerged as a global eSports title. During Sony’s PlayStation Experience (PSX) fan event at Moscone Center in San Francisco on Dec. 6, the Capcom Cup will award $250,000 to the top eight Ultra Street Fighter IV players from around the globe. That’s up from just a $50,000 prize pool last year at a much smaller venue hosted by Capcom.

pompombrum2917d ago (Edited 2917d ago )

Capcom didn't turn Street Fighter into a global esport, it just jumped on the bandwagon at a good time. The people who deserve the credit for where Street Fighter is at competitively today is the grass root tournament organizers whose dedication, passion and tireless hard work made it all possible to begin with.

To Capcom's credit though, they've done a great job with Capcom Cup and increasing the exposure and stakes in all the various tournaments that are held throughout the year but ultimately none of this would have ever happened or been possible if it wasn't for the hard work from the various well known members of the FGC who have been running tournaments for years.

DrKarateChop2917d ago

Cam here to say the exact same thing


Capcom Is Counting on Major Unannounced Game to Reach 45 Million Units Target by March 2024

Following the announcement of its super-positive financial results, Capcom hosted a Q&A session for investors and analysts, teasing a big unannounced game.

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XxSPIDEYxX33d ago

Monster Hunter World 2! Or whatever they decide to call it. Oh, it's going to be massive!

Cacabunga32d ago

Surely something MH related.. now I’m only hoping it’s not a mobile version

CantThinkOfAUsername32d ago

Seems way too far of a target. Their best selling game ever is Monster Hunter World (last reported number in August 2023 is 19 million).

GhostScholar32d ago

I wish I could get into monster hunter. I played world, and enjoyed it at first but I just don’t thjnk the loop of killing the same monsters over and over to upgrade gear fun. If there was more story maybe, but I guess it’s just not for me. Not saying it isn’t good though just not for me.

Profchaos33d ago

Re9 maybe they did say a new re engine had been in development still it's probably to soon

LabRat32d ago (Edited 32d ago )

Yeah I doubt it. RE8 only sold around 8 million, which is still good, but I would not expect the 9th to suddenly to skyrocket to 45 million. Plus it is extremely unlikely one will even come out before then.

Kurisu33d ago (Edited 33d ago )

45 million is a lot, and March isn't that far away for something that's unannounced.

EDIT: "The company has sold, in the first half of the fiscal year, 22.6 million units of its video games, but that's only half of its annual target of 45 million units."

^ Ah, that makes sense! I thought that was bloody unrealistic lol

notachance33d ago

also the article stated that the company included games without release date in the unannounced category, so it’s most likely dragon’s dogma 2 instead of a mystery game. March 2024 is only 5 months left afterall..

Plague-Doctor2732d ago (Edited 32d ago )

I doubt theyre expecting DD2 to sell 10+ million copies. The only franchise they could reasonably expect to help make up the 22 million units theyre hoping for in the next 5 months is Monster Hunter. It took 11 years, an expansion, re-releases, and large price drops for DD1 to hit 7 million sold

Abriael32d ago

No, the article states that it *rarely* happens in corporate speech. It's a possibility, but unlikely.

notachance32d ago

idk, it’s a tight window between now and March for an unannounced title to get 10mil+ sales. If we’re excluding DD2 then the most likely series to get a surprise announcement is Monster Hunter especially with the 20th anniversary coming up on March, though I think it’s a bit of a disservice to the series to only get a couple months of marketing.

Bobertt32d ago

Megaman Battle Network 7 :D

Dandalandan11733d ago

A new Dino Crisis game would be awesome

ChiefofLoliPolice33d ago

My god yes. Hell is even settle for a remake of the first two.

Dandalandan11732d ago

Ikr? Just imagine how it's going to look with the RE Engine!

Agent7532d ago

Resident Evil is painfully stuck in the dark ages. Another Dino Crisis? That was a Resident Evil clone. Can’t see Powerstone 3 anytime soon. There isn’t anything else I’d like to see from CAPCOM as in a sequel. CAPCOM are scared of new IPs, which is why it churns out endless Resident Evil games.

GotGame81832d ago

The RE remakes were fantastic! Far from the "dark ages". I suggest you play the OG Resident Evil, and revisit your comment. The remakes all scored very well!

Plague-Doctor2732d ago

Street Fighter 6 came out 4 months ago. A new Monster Hunter is in the works. A new Dragons Dogma is in the works. As far as new IP they just released Exoprimal and have Path of the Goddess on the way. RE is also doing more than fine

Profchaos32d ago

I don't feel it is I think it reinvented itself with 7 and 8 going first person and adopting VR brings a lot to the game.
The remakes have felt rather classic re but that's what they were made to be.

Funny thing is when the re franchise tries something new there's always a backlash.
Re3 short sharp game - backlash not the true re 3 etc
Re survivor and light gun games - backlash
Re online games from PS2 and on - backlash again
Re6 - backlash for the action focus
Re 7 - better believe that got backlash for the first person mode