FGC Controversy: Eleague and Street Fighter V

Two nights ago the very popular Street Fighter V invitational series Eleague ended with an amazing top 8 showing that many viewers could not stop tweeting about full of upsets, hype moments, and huge highlights. Eleague is an invitational tournament that is aired on TBS and hosts 32 players from around the globe in 1 venue in Atlanta with the goal to win and take home $110, 000. On July 13th top 8 aired on television via TBS and on Twitch.tv featuring the final challengers in the competition.

Many took center stage but none other than somewhat underdog Smug had the spotlight on him during the whole showing. 

Smug SFV Eleague

Smug started off the occasion located in the losers bracket faced off against Street Fighter V all-star Fujimura who is hailed as one of the best players on the planet. In what many would label as an upset Smug swiftly 3-0’d him with what he would call, “The greatest of ease”. The ball definitely didn’t drop there with Smug continuing this amazing performance throughout the night climbing his way past every opponent decisively and gaining a spot in grand finals against the final boss of the tournament, Tokido. 

Smug and Tokido 

This grand final was an amazing sight as Smug wasn’t looked at as a player to make it this far in the top 8 but here he was and he reset the bracket against Tokido with 3 more games in front of him needed to win the entire event. One thing stood in the way of these games, once Smug reset the bracket against Tokido the event was brought to a halt with a sudden commercial break right in the middle of the set. Why is this a big deal? Well during most fighting game events there is no break after bracket resets of grand finals making this a huge outrage to many eyes in the fighting game community.

SFV Eleague tweets

Momentum is a huge deal in high-level fighting games and things like this aren’t of usual practice. To add more insult to this injury after this commercial break Tokido came back and in decisive fashion took the set and won Eleague. Would this change if there wasn’t a commercial break for him to get his mind back together? Would he have been able to do the same thing with a small trip to the character select screen to collect his thoughts? We may never know but what we do know is that the FGC will be looking at events such as this a different way after this occurrence.

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5 Responses

  1. Clinton Bowman
    Clinton Bowman

    Television. That’s why. It was broadcast on TBS, and they have to have 17 minutes of commercial breaks for every hour of TV.

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      Keith D. Mitchell

      Then perhaps they should have waited before the next set started. They don’t do commerical breaks during an NBA fastbreak or NFL play in progress. Why should this be any different. More as explained, momentuem in a fighting game is paramount. And we all know Tokido is able to “download” his opponents. That break gave him ample time to study Smug.

      • Clinton Bowman
        Clinton Bowman

        This was after the bracket reset, no? They treated it like a transition into something like overtime in the NBA or NFL.

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        Keith D. Mitchell

        C’mon. We both know there is no rest, even during a bracket reset. I mean, ESPN didn’t do this when they broadcasted EVO on TV.

      • Clinton Bowman
        Clinton Bowman

        Here’s where your argument falls apart completely. Capcom was in charge of the ESPN feed at EVO. All ESPN did was retransmit and rebroadcast the feed to their TV channel & streaming platform.

        eLeague? That’s owned by Turner Broadcast Group, whose main focus is television, and who mostly does sports live events, such as the NBA on TNT and Baseball on TBS.

        Just because I understand the details behind the situation, doesn’t mean I’m being willfully ignorant, nor am I condoning the action. This was a huge oversight by Turner, 100%. It’s likely that they won’t let this slip up occur again.