Street Fighter 6 player competes in Grand Final with baby in lap

Declan Mclaughlin

A Street Fighter 6 player competed in a California local tournament with a baby on his lap during the Grand Finals set.

Eduardo ‘PR Balrog’ Pérez is a veteran Street Fighter player, having competed in the game and other fighting game titles, including Marvel vs. Capcom, Killer Instinct and Mortal Kombat, since 2009. Throughout his career, PR Balrog has been signed by Evil Geniuses and is currently under Team Beast, a Japanese esports organization that’s also home to fighting game legend Daigo Umehara.

The Puerto Rican American veteran is 36 years old, and like many fighting game competitors, has a life outside of the game – including raising his child and working at NVIDIA as a Quality Assurance Engineer.

His life as a father and Street Fighter 6 competitor collided on September 7 as PR Balrog held his child in his lap while competing in a Grand Final set.

Street Fighter 6 player wins tournament with baby in lap

At the Grindhouse Fighters tournament, a local circuit in NorCal, PR Balrog fought his way to the Grand Final through the winner’s bracket. He faced off against Miky ‘Samurai’ Chea, who made his way to the final via the loser’s bracket, in a five-game set all while bouncing his baby on his lap.

“I find it hard to play when my cat sits in my lap ,and PR Balrog out here with his baby playing grand finals lol,” Chris Jones, a photographer and fighting game player, said on social media.

PR Balrog would eventually win the set, and the tournament, with a 3-2 scoreline.

Fighting game competitors are known for their on-stage antics when competing, whether it’s taking their shirt off during an intense set, competing with a disability, or coming up with the weirdest celebrations. However, this is one of the more wholesome versions of these antics.

As competitors grow older and continue to play in tournaments, fans may get to see more instances of players’ children on stream or players going up against their children at events.

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Based in Indiana, Declan McLaughlin is an esports reporter for Dexerto Esports covering Valorant, LoL and anything else that pops up. Previously an editor and reporter at Upcomer, Declan is often found reading investigative stories or trying to do investigations himself. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Indiana University. You can contact him at