Following in the wake of SoCal Regionals, Capcom and Twitch have announced the Capcom Pro League, the first ever Street Fighter-focused fighting game league.
The Capcom Pro League brings together the best premiere events (CEO, EVO, etc.), ranking tournaments (SoCal Regionals, San Diego Comic-Con, etc.), and online tournaments to provide Street Fighter fans with year-round entertainment. To them, this is about creating an infrastructure "which helps support tournament organizers, while delivering increased production values, supplementary video content, and new opportunities for players, content creators and sponsors." For everyone else, it's been something the community has been asking them to start for a while now.
With 16 spots available at Capcom Cup later this year, the Capcom Pro League is now an easier way to understand qualifying. If you win any of the premiere events (listed below), you'll automatically get a spot. If you don't, you can still qualify through a system that seems very similar to MLG's Pro Points system. You'll get points for competing at each ranked event, all of which have yet to be announced yet.
So far, the premiere events that have been announced are:
· Final Round (March 14~16 – Atlanta, GA, USA)
· NorCal Regionals (April 18~20 – Sacramento, CA, USA)
· Southeast Asia Majors (June 20~22 – Singapore)
· Community Effort Orlando (June 27~29 – Orlando, FL, USA)
· Evolution Championship Series (July 11~13 – Las Vegas, NV, USA)
· The Fall Classic (October 10~12 – Raleigh, NC, USA)
· DreamHack Winter (November 27~30 – Jönköping, Sweden)
These premiere events retain their independence from Capcom, but will stream through Capcom's Twitch channels in an effort to maintain coherence. It's basically a really good way to promote the scene outside of Capcom's tournaments, providing a bit more stability.
Points are awarded to anyone who places in the Top 16 at any ranking event, giving them the opportunity to qualify for Capcom Cup if they consistently place in the Top 16. Because of its proximity to the announcement, SoCal Regionals is included in this list and players who placed in the Top 16 will retroactively be awarded points.
So far, the ranking events that have been announced are:
· SoCal Regionals (February 28~March 2, Los Angeles, CA, USA)
· PAX East (April 11~13 – Boston, MA, USA)
· E3 (June 10~12 – Los Angeles, CA, USA)
· San Diego Comic Con (July 24~27 – San Diego, CA, USA)
Check out the trailer below:
While there might be reasons to be skeptical of the event, it's still good for the scene regardless. Will they stick around after Ultra Street Fighter IV releases? Who knows. We sure hope so.
You can find more information on the Capcom Pro Tour website.