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Panda Global releases Street Fighter pro following domestic abuse allegations

Published: 15/Nov/2018 21:57 Updated: 15/Nov/2018 22:19

by Virginia Glaze

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Esports team Panda Global has released professional Street Fighter V player and Evolution champion Lee ‘Infiltration’ Seon-woo from their ranks, following an investigation into multiple domestic abuse allegations against the player.

PG’s investigation into the issue, which occurred after a series of allegations against Infiltration went live on Reddit in September of 2018 (the majority of which were disproved), confirmed a documented altercation that occurred on October 22nd, 2017.

According to a timeline of events provided by the org, this physical altercation occurred between Infiltration and his then-wife, which was recorded in an audio file. The event led to a restraining order against the player and injury to his ex-wife, as well as the equivalent of a U.S. misdemeanor battery charge toward Infiltration.

Infiltration has since come forward with a statement denying any claims of abuse, writing that he will “explain everything later.” However, PG has decidedly terminated their contract with the player, harshly decrying the violent incident proven by Korean court documents.

“Regardless of the circumstances, this charge exists on his record,” PG CEO and founder Dr. Alan Bunney stated in a video addressing the charge. “As such, Panda Global has terminated our contract with Infiltration.”

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Street Fighter developer Capcom have likewise come forward with a statement on the issue, confirming that Infiltration has “voluntarily withdrawn” from the remainder of the 2018 Capcom Pro Tour and the following 2019 Tour. 

This marks a “first offense” for the player, and should he commit a second offense, Capcom stated that he will receive a lifetime ban from any official Street Fighter competitions within the CPT.

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Street Fighter V introduces Oro, Rose & more in Summer Update

Published: 5/Aug/2020 18:54 Updated: 5/Aug/2020 19:20

by Virginia Glaze

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Street Fighter V: Champion Edition has released its final five characters in a highly-anticipated Summer Update broadcast, with fan favorites C. Viper, Rose, and a brand-new name making a splash in the game’s robust roster.

Street Fighter V: Champion Edition officially kicked off in wake of Capcom Cup 2019, introducing new V-Skills for all characters and even bringing back Third Strike’s Gill in his first-ever playable iteration, alongside Street Fighter IV boss Seth.

After four years, however, the latest Street Fighter title is winding down to its final season, and with it, its final DLC character pack.

With no EVO at which to make announcements, fighting game developers have saved their reveals for individual broadcasts, with SFV scheduling a special Summer Update just a week after the world’s biggest fighting game tournament would have taken place.

Street Fighter V: Champion Edition key art.
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Street Fighter V: Champion Edition introduced a new V-Skill for each character, unique track suit costumes, and even brought back fan-favorite bosses Gill and Seth.

What’s in SFV season 5?

After revealing that this season would be SFV’s last, the SFV Summer Update gave fighting game fanatics what they’ve been itching for: Long-awaited mainstay characters and even a crossover fighter.

Characters revealed in the Summer Update include:

  • Dan
  • Rose
  • Oro
  • Akira (Rival Schools)
  • Upcoming character

While it’s been some time since we’ve seen a few of these characters, with Dan, Rose and Oro all hailing from older Street Fighter titles, this will be the first time a Rival Schools character has been introduced in a modern Street Fighter game. Akira, hailing from the beloved fighting game franchise, already has connections to Sakura, Ryu’s disciple, so her addition — as explained by director Takayuki Nakayama and producer Shuhei Matsumoto — isn’t completely coming out of left field.

When will these characters be released?

As seen in the Summer Update broadcast, only development footage of Dan was shown. As for Rose, Oro, and Akira, developers had nothing to show, but did reveal that both Rose and Akira will be getting special stages of their own.

Looking at Dan’s footage, it seems that he has remained true to his SFIV form — although we still have yet to see how his taunt super will play out.

SFV content roadmap.
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Street Fighter V’s final season will extend into late 2021, according to a content roadmap given by developers to fans.

Developers also gave fans a timeline for when these characters will be released. So far, it seems that this last season of Street Fighter V will extend into late 2021, with the as-yet-unrevealed character slated for Fall 2021.

It looks like we’ve got a little over two more years of SFV left, according to this roadmap (which also revealed a SFV Capcom Cup for 2022), meaning that we can expect the game’s competitive lifetime to last just as long.

Street Fighter League Season 3

Capcom esports is back and bigger than ever! Street Fighter League is returning with a third season, and this time, it’s bringing competition together from all across the globe.

With Street Fighter League Japan already announcing its teams, there’s no telling who will be participating in this season’s shenanigans — but we’re excited, all the same!

SFL Season 3 announcement.
Capcom
The Street Fighter League will be returning for its third season, featuring competition from around the globe.

AEW x Capcom

Just ahead of Rose’s announcement, as told by wrestling star Kenny Omega, All Elite Wrestling is collaborating with Capcom for some unique Street Fighter merchandise! As a longtime fan of the franchise, it comes as little surprise that Kenny Omega was the one to reveal this collab, which fans can cop over at nerdsclothing.com.

AEW x Street Fighter shirt.
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AEW is kicking off a special collaboration with Street Fighter for some limited edition merchandise.

Although SFV has a history of unintended leaks just ahead of major announcements, it looks like the game’s final season was kept well under lock and key. With five new characters, a new season of Street Fighter League, and more having been revealed, there’s no better way to kick off SFV’s last season than with an unprecedented, transparent talk with players.

Who are you most excited for this season? Let us know on Twitter @Dexerto!