Tekken player confronts heckling crowd during tournament - Dexerto

Tekken player confronts heckling crowd during tournament

Published: 17/Dec/2019 3:38 Updated: 17/Dec/2019 13:06

by Brad Norton


Tensions reached a boiling point at a local Tekken tournament as a player stood up and confronted a heckling member of the crowd after just one round of action.

Competitive gaming brings out the adrenaline-rush in even the most seasoned veterans and the visceral nature of fighting games often ramps things up a notch further. Tiny adjustments and the most minuscule considerations can be the difference between victory or defeat.

A recent, small-scale Tekken tournament saw local competitors squaring off in the heart of New York for bragging rights and a few bucks. Despite the minor-nature of the competition, however, players remained heated nonetheless and one particular matchup almost brought the event to a dramatic conclusion.

Bandai Namco EntertainmentTekken 7 initially released in 2015 and has remained one of the most popular games in the fighting community ever since.

After a number of early matchups, it came time for ‘Devil Himself’ and ‘FightingGM’ to do battle in the Tekken Monthly 12 tournament by HelstNYC.

Losing a great deal of health very early into the opening round, FightingGM managed to swing the momentum in his favor momentarily. Landing a series of impactful blows, his remarkable pace came to a halt with one well-timed block from Devil Himself just past the 30-second mark.

Closing in on the hotly contested round win, the player in control of Leroy found the final blow and secured an initial lead. As the crowd got loud, FightingGM jumped to his feet and confronted one particularly vocal member of the audience.

“Woah,” the commentator nervously repeated over the broadcast while the player and spectators alike raised their voices and hurled verbal abuse.

After a few minutes of hostility, the crowd cooled off and FightingGM returned to his seats to continue the remainder of the match. There was a “little altercation,” as another member of the commentary team expressed. “One of the players got out of his chair, someone had to separate it.”

“Let me make it clear, no fists were thrown, no one’s fighting. It was just heated. Words were thrown. We’re all good, nobody is getting kicked out.”

Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that DevilHimself was also involved in the altercation. Tournament organizers have informed Dexerto that only FightingGM stood up, and stated: “We do not glorify this kind of behavior, and it is already being handled.”

The in-game clock inevitably ran out and caused the match to end. Both players agreed to restart the game with Devil Himself up one round.

“We’re gonna run this back,” a commentator chimed in. “Hopefully both of these guys can shake that off and get in the right mindset.” 

Bandai Namco EntertainmentTekken 7 currently boasts a roster of 48 characters including Negan from AMC’s The Walking Dead

Returning to the action and having regained their composure, it didn’t take long at all before the outcome of the fight was quickly determined. 

Going on to get a perfect second round in just 15 seconds, Devil Himself secured the next round win as well as the overall series win in rapid succession, proving he was the better player on that given day. 


EVO 2020 game lineup revealed: Smash Ultimate, Marvel vs. Capcom 2, more

Published: 5/Feb/2020 4:15

by Andrew Amos


Marvel vs. Capcom 2 is making a surprise return to the fighting game mecca, Evolution Championship Series (EVO), in 2020, with Smash Ultimate, Tekken 7, and Street Fighter V headlining the major event.

Fighting game fans rejoice, fan favorite franchise Marvel vs. Capcom will be making a return to EVO alongside a host of usual mainstays in 2020.

The popular franchise was announced as a major event at EVO 2020 during the game lineup presentation on February 4, alongside eight other titles.

Smash Ultimate will once again be appearing at EVO, as well as Tekken 7, Street Fighter V, and Dragon Ball FighterZ. While these tournaments shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone, players can now stop holding their breath in case something completely crazy was on the cards.

The 22nd rendition of the major fighting game event will also see the return of Soulcalibur VI, Samurai Shodown, and Under Night In-Birth from 2019’s event.

Marvel vs. Capcom’s inclusion after a three-year absence comes as a surprise to the game’s most dedicated players, including Justin Wong. “Wait MVC2,” he said on Twitter. “They didn’t tell me I’m in this tourney until just now.”

The franchise will be making a return as a special eight-player invite-only tournament, Wong included, and it will be the Marvel vs. Capcom 2’s first appearance at EVO since 2010.

Its inclusion does mean that one other major franchise was snubbed from EVO 2020 — Mortal Kombat 11. After the series made a return to EVO in 2019, it will be gone just as quickly as it came, with the game not included in the final list of nine.

BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle has also been removed from the games list, with the franchise not featuring at EVO 2020. It’s the first time a BlazBlue game won’t be at EVO since 2016. Instead, it will be replaced by the yet-to-be-released Granblue Fantasy: Versus.

The latest game in the Granblue Fantasy franchise will be released in North America on March 3, giving players around five months to prep for the big event.

While not listed on the official event line-up, EVO will also play host to the opening tournament of Guilty Gear Strive. The latest release in the franchise is expected to hit shelves later in the year, but fans can get their first taste of the title at EVO 2020 in a preview tournament.

EVO 2020 will kick off in Las Vegas on July 31 and will run until August 2.

EVO 2020 game line-up

  • Dragon Ball FighterZ
  • Granblue Fantasy: Versus
  • Guilty Gear Strive (Preview)
  • Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes
  • Samurai Shodown
  • Soulcalibur VI
  • Street Fighter V: Champion Edition
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • Tekken 7
  • Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late[cl-r]