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The Incredible Moment a 39 Year Old SFV Player Won a Tournament and Celebrated with His Daughter

Published: 20/Aug/2018 16:49 Updated: 20/Aug/2018 21:22

by Virginia Glaze

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FAV’s Naoto Sako proved that age doesn’t determine skill when it comes to competitive gaming.

TWFighter Major is a Premier event in the Capcom Pro Tour, where Street Fighter V players go head to head to earn points for a chance at claiming the title of Capcom Cup Champion.

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Taiwan’s Premier tournament saw some of the game’s best talent, including current Capcom Cup champion MenaRD, former Evolution champion Tokido, and Street Fighter legend Daigo “The Beast” Umehara.

39-year-old Naoto Sako was also one of these killers: Hailing from Japan, Sako is known for his skillful use of Menat, a character new to the Street Fighter universe who uses long-ranged normals and a powerful V-Trigger to zone out her opponents.

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Sako’s skill has earned him top placements in a number of tournaments this season, including 4th place at CEO, 7th place at VSFighting, and a first-place win the Asia East One Online Event.

Sako wasn’t alone in his journey — he brought his wife and daughter with him, who stole the show with her adorable antics alongside Kenryo “Mago” Hayashi.

Sako’s family served as his strength throughout the tournament: Sako plowed through Winners’ side, taking out threats like Echo Fox’s Tokido and DNG’s Itabashi Zangief without losing a single match.

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Sako’s efforts landed him in Grand Finals, where he faced Tokido once more, who he had previously sent to Losers’ side 2-0. With Tokido’s standing as a previous Evolution World Champion, as well as his many second place wins throughout the 2018 season, it seemed as though Tokido could possibly reset the bracket.

However, Sako took the set in a stunning 3-0 run, cementing his place as the TWFighter champion. Upon his victory, Sako went to sit with his family: his wife cried tears of joy while his daughter gave a beaming smile. He even brought her up to the stage during the awards ceremony, hoisting her up on his hip to let her hold his prize money and pose for photos.

Sako is one of many Street Fighter players who are up in years. Standing beside the likes of legendary fighters Alex Valle (40) and Daigo Umehara (37), Sako’s performance echoes that of many others, showcasing that age is no deterrent to competitive ability — and that balance can be found between raising a family and training for video game tournaments.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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!