FISTS were thrown and arcade sticks broken as Street Fighter fans convened at Cineleisure Mutiara Damansara last weekend for the first Street Fighter IV videogame tournament in Malaysia.
The tournament organised by Outpost Events together with Sony Malaysia and RAM Entertainment, distributors of the recently released live-action film Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, drew close to a hundred participants.
"This is the first time Street Fighter fans have had a chance to compete as the last major tournament took place over 10 years ago," said event manager for Outpost Events Alan Muk. Participants took part in the preliminary rounds last Saturday, while the four finalists proceeded for the semi-finals and finals on Sunday.
Kenneth Aw bested Mak Kien Leong in the final in a furious one-on-one duel to take home the top prize.
A long time Street Fighter veteran, the 26-year-old entrepreneur said he has been playing the fighting game since Street Fighter Zero 3. Aw added that he felt extremely lucky and didn't expect to win the first prize. As a matter of fact, both Aw and his opponent, Mak trained together for the tournament. "Perhaps it was beginner's luck," said Aw. Aw walked away with a Sony PlayStation 3 and a copy of Street Fighter IV for the console.