ReveLAtions 2012 Tournament having problems with the KoF community

The Fighting Game Community has been growing at an insane rate for the last few years thanks to local tournaments that are held not only in the U.S., but also around the world. Events like Shadaloo Showdown, Curly Mustache and Level Up get people pumped up about traveling and joining these events which creates more opportunities. That in turn captures the attention of video game companies like Atlus USA, Capcom, Namco Bandai Games, Aksys Games, and others such as NOS, Madcatz, Hori.

Tournament Legacy once known as Active Gamers, has had its fair share of problems with the Fighting Game Community in some form or another, but does offer some major cash pots that have been won by some top players from around the world. Some big names in the FGC don’t want anything to do with Tournament Legacy, but in respect don’t speak up about it due to prior problems and broken promises which linger from the last few years, off and on.

This year’s ReveLAtions tournament has plenty of hype behind it thanks to some really good promotion from players around the world due to some high winnings on offer. An insane amount of pre-registered players signed up for Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition, Mortal Kombat 9, and a lineup of other games whose tournaments are to be held at ReveLAtions in Santa Monica, Calfornia.

Gamers from other states and countries have traveled from all over to take part in this event, only for things to be changed last minute. King of Fighters XIII was dropped due to lack of commitment from the tournament organizer and uncertainty of the promised cash bonus. There were also problems with Street Fighter X Tekken, but those have been resolved.

The team in charge of King of Fighters’ organization are actually some of the top players who currently don’t even know if they are getting a refund of their entry free and game sign up fee ($25 + $10 per game). This is due to a lack of communication after spending a whole day of trying to work something out.

Right now at sites like Shoryuken.com and social media sites like Twitter and Facebook, players are blasting the horrible set ups, the way the tournament is set and running and how the team is handling the situation. People are venting their frustration and banding together against the organizer. We tried to contact the Tournament Legacy team to give them a chance to give their side of the story, but the tournament continues anyway with currently over 6,000 watchers on Twitch.tv/TeamhAZmat and a large number of attendees.

Personally, it’s sad to see events creating problems for the Fighting Game Community since the point is to have fun, showcase your skills, and give new players or players who keep working hard to improve a chance to shine. They can also learn from some of the top players. However, having dealt with the organizer of the event last year, I do understand the problems that they’re dealing with right now.

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Growing up Chris watched a lot of the original Saturday morning cartoons and developed a love for arts and animation. Growing up he tried his hand at animation and eventually script writing, but even more his love of video games, anime and technology grew.