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The 11 nicest smiles in PC gamesApr 3, 2020 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun One Off The List is our weekly list feature. Is there something you think doesn’t deserve to be on this list? Comment with your reasons why, and next week it may be struck off. The human race evolved the facial expression known as the “smile” because we needed a way to silently communicate satisfaction to other members of our species. So we decided to bare our teeth at one another and squint. This stuck, and now even the characters of your favourite digital storyderby are doing it. It’s sort of disgusting, and yet… you know what, I like it. Here are the 11 best smiles in PC games. (more…) Street Fighter V: Champion Edition and New Character Seth Available Now!Feb 13, 2020 - Community AnnouncementsStreet Fighter V: Champion Edition is now available and new character Seth has joined the Street Fighter V roster, bringing the playable character count to 40 diverse fighters! Champion Edition pairs the Street Fighter V base game with the Street Fighter V: Champion Edition Upgrade Kit, offering players instant access to all 40 characters, 34 dynamic stages and over 200 stylish costumes. Players can then fight their way through a variety of exciting single-player and multi-player modes! For those who have been waiting on Champion Edition, now is a perfect time to join the fight! Early-bird-purchasers (before Feb 27) will receive a new costume color for all 40 characters! READY? FIGHT! {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084648/ac8fc2142119ab329ca4c0cc043e39055288f808.pngSFV: Champion Edition Upgrade Kit – Full Content List Revealed!Feb 7, 2020 - Community AnnouncementsWhile Street Fighter V is available for the Free Trial, be sure to check out the full list of content included in the Street Fighter V: Champion Edition Upgrade Kit! Purchasing the Champion Edition Upgrade Kit provides instant access to all available content on the list! *DLC that are not included in the Champion Edition are not on the list. Street Fighter V: Champion Edition will be available on February 14th 2020! {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084648/aa702a45f8b348692cc8d4e991697c2b5b2e9d8c.jpg {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084648/99d180478672593fbc611990ef09aaab63048bc4.jpg {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084648/968351784569be91541a56f66daeb1ad5aa84a22.jpg {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084648/f4713919d598649cda2fab7b22e41eed1b8af3fc.jpg {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084648/f6b7d8f5238c380e35fb1f937c1dc1a54777001d.jpg {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084648/555a3a50228a82ce416d0e9e5f379cb955c3aa1e.jpg {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084648/7b17e9b00b074ce533a25f95bd1097718bf3b889.jpg {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084648/7793a7720b917bcc8a9a9cbcbd3784586273b346.jpg {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084648/4dd3469f0079bf6236780641b2ab4c4040b3c8d5.jpgJoin the SFV Free Trial Now! All 39 Characters Unlocked for a Limited Time!Feb 3, 2020 - Community AnnouncementsStreet Fighter V: Champion Edition releases on February 14th, but for new players who are eager to try out the fierce and fun Champion Edition characters early, all 39 currently available characters are now playable for free for a limited time! This all-new Free Trial for Street Fighter V is being offered to players who do not currently own a version of Street Fighter V. If you like what you play, the original version of Street Fighter V is available now at a discounted price on Steam! And if you want to level up to the Street Fighter V: Champion Edition Upgrade Kit, you’ll get instant access to all available characters, 34 stages and over 200 costumes! Don’t miss out on this chance to find your favorite character and join the fight! The Free Trial ends on February 10th at 10:00 am PT. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084648/b56b1f7fe23845bb7de253843f76ff5f71a3a325.pngModder makes fix for Street Fighter 5 netcode bug that's plagued the game since launchJan 9, 2020 - EurogamerA fighting game fan has taken it upon themselves to improve Street Fighter 5's controversial netcode. Redditor Altimor, who has created hitbox viewers for Guilty Gear Xrd and Dragon Ball FighterZ in the past, took just two days to address a bug that has plagued Street Fighter 5 online play since the game launched back in 2016. According to Altimor, and indeed other prominent members of the fighting game community as well as developers of other fighting games, Street Fighter 5 includes a bug that can cause one players' game to lag behind the other's during online play. The upshot of this bug is one-sided "rollback" for one player, while the unaffected player remains oblivious. Read more Seth Announced and Gill Released for Street Fighter V: Champion Edition!Dec 15, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsThe 40th character to be added to Street Fighter V: Champion Edition, Seth was announced during Capcom Cup 2019. This master move mimicker will be ready to rule the ring on February 14, 2020. Gill makes his angelic return and graces the Street Fighter V: Champion Edition roster with his presence. A master of elemental balance, Gill is available to pick up and play now! Street Fighter V: Champion Edition Upgrade Kit is available for pre-purchase now and instantly unlocks all available content upon purchase! In total, Champion Edition includes 40 characters, 34 stages and over 200 costumes. Watch the SFV Tournament - Capcom Cup 2019 - Live on Steam!Dec 14, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsWatch the top Street Fighter V players from around the world go head-to-head to see who will be crowned the champion of Capcom Cup 2019! Fighters will be narrowed down to the top 16 on December 14, with the finals and a champion being crowned on December 15! Tune-in now at the Street Fighter V Steam Store Page! https://steamcommunity.com/broadcast/watch/76561199003419717 Be sure to stick around for the After Party, where there will be a showcase of new SFV content that will be released in the December update! Capcom Cup 2019 Schedule: December 14 - 9:00am - 4:00pm PT: Top 32 to Top 16 December 15 - 9:00am - 1:00pm PT: Top 16 to Top 8 - 2:00pm - 6:00pm PT: Top 8 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm PT: After Party (Schedule subject to change without notice) Pre-Order the Street Fighter V: Champion Edition Upgrade Kit Now!Nov 18, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsRule the ring with Street Fighter V: Champion Edition, the most robust version of the acclaimed fighting game! Choose from 40 diverse fighters, 34 dynamic stages, and over 200 stylish costumes as you fight your way through a variety of exciting single-player and multi-player modes. The Street Fighter V: Champion Edition Upgrade Kit includes all the content (excluding Fighting Chance costumes, brand collaboration costumes, and Capcom Pro Tour DLC) from previous versions and adds the characters, stages, and costumes released after Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition. Purchase the Upgrade Kit and get INSTANT ACCESS to all available Champion Edition content! READY? FIGHT! {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084648/39773469f2424768917701f24f937f47d4c3a0f7.pngStreet Fighter 5's Champion Edition bundles up (almost) everything so far, out FebruaryNov 18, 2019 - EurogamerStreet Fighter is not, it's fair to say, a series that's shy about repackaging itself up for another turn, and now Street Fighter 5 is primed to receive its third release, this time in the form of the Champion Edition, which comes to PS4 and PC on 14th February next year. The Champion Edition, which follows on from last year's Arcade Edition, includes almost everything so far released for Street Fighter 5. In total, that amounts to 40 characters, 30 stages, and over 200 costumes, although Fighting Chance costumes, brand collaboration costumes and Capcom Pro Tour DLC will not be included. Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition is getting a physical and digital release on PlayStation 4 and will also be available on Steam, with all versions costing 24.99/$29.99 USD. Additionally, those that already own a previous edition of Street Fighter 5 can purchase the Upgrade Kit for 19.99/$24.99 USD. It's available now and grants immediate access to new Championship Edition content ahead of February's launch. Read more Street Fighter V: Champion Edition brings this two-tone angel to the ring next FebruaryNov 18, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun It might be only three months since Arcade Edition hit, but Street Fighter V is gearing up for another evolution. Champion Edition was announced this weekend, collecting everything ever released for Capcom’s flagship fighter into one package in the game’s “most robust version” yet. But it wouldn’t be an update without something new. SFV’s next step will be ushered in by an ancient strongman slathered in red-and-blue paint who fights in the buff and occasionally sprouts six angelic wings. Subtle as ever, Capcom. (more…) Watch the Street Fighter V Tournament Live on Steam!Nov 16, 2019 - Community AnnouncementsWatch the top Street Fighter V players in North America go head-to-head to see who will become a champion! Competition will be high at the North America Regional Finals, as players on the bubble attempt to secure a qualifying spot at Capcom Cup 2019 and qualified players try to improve their positions on the leaderboard for seeding purposes. The Regional Final Tournament takes place on Sunday, November 17 and will be composed of the top 8 players from the Capcom Pro Tour North America leaderboard. The winner of this event will be crowned the Regional Champion and will be awarded an automatic qualification for Capcom Cup 2019 in December! {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/9084648/ba7f175bed1aa5e91f17b4f80718b95b34c47cc1.pngDaily Deal - Street Fighter V, 60% OffNov 15, 2019 - AnnouncementToday's Deal: Save 60% on Street Fighter V!* Look for the deals each day on the front page of Steam. Or follow us on twitter or Facebook for instant notifications wherever you are! *Offer ends Tuesday 12/3 at 10AM Pacific Time What does the future hold for Street Fighter 5?Nov 6, 2019 - EurogamerFor years now, Yoshinori Ono has been the public face of Street Fighter. And Street Fighter's defined his life - having fallen in love with Final Fight, Ono made a beeline for Capcom and found himself working there soon after Street Fighter 2's release and through the series' glory years. He became a household name, though, for helping bring Street Fighter back from the wilderness. "This was before social media, before the internet, before Facebook," Ono told me during an on-stage interview at last month's EGX. "It wasn't until I was working on Onimusha that I could see what a phenomenon it had become. I was going around with Inafune, but people would always be asking me about Street Fighter. So I went back to Capcom and said the world was ready for more Street Fighter." Bringing back Street Fighter wouldn't be simple, though. "It was tough. As a company, Capcom were past making fighting games in general. It was 99.99 per cent decided that fighting games were done and dusted and we were moving on to other things. But I managed to convince Inafune and the then-chairman - they were like, okay we'll give it a shot. That's all it took for me to flip those percentages. If it hadn't gone as well as it did, I might have been fired... I'm glad Street Fighter 4 did as well as it did." The series has flourished ever since - even if it hasn't been without its struggles. Street Fighter 5 saw through a rough launch period and is now an assured fighter with one of the strongest communities around it - at EGX, the Capcom Pro Tour stage was one of the most vibrant, well-attended of the whole show. And next year it's becoming part of the Intel World Open, a tournament that welcomes all-comers through its early online rounds before the grand finals take place alongside next year's Olympics in Tokyo, with a $250,000 prize pot up for grabs. Read more Five of the Best: CrowdsSep 27, 2019 - EurogamerFive of the Best is a quite-new weekly series celebrating the incidental details in games we don't celebrate enough. Things like maps - everyone loves maps. They're the kind of things we can't do without, the kind of things which give games so much flavour and charm. It's also designed to promote discussion because, let's face it, it's all subjective, what someone thinks is best. I have different ideas to you and, um, most people, apparently, and that's OK! I think. I hope. So join in. We've had some lovely discussions so far and you've reminded me of so many things. It's Friday after all, what else are you going to do - work?! You can find all the previous Five of the Bests in a handy archive. Read more The fighting game community should do more to combat its sexual harassment problemSep 26, 2019 - EurogamerEarly August 2019, Evo - the world's largest fighting game tournament - concluded on a tragic note. What should have been a weekend that ended with celebration was instead tarnished by reports of sexual harassment and spiked drinks at the event's afterparties. What followed was a surge of support from many of the most prominent voices within the fighting game community (FGC). Victims spoke out about their past traumas, and there was a collective call for action. In what can be interpreted as the FGC's very own Me Too movement, well-known figures in the community, such as competitor Leah "Gllty" Hayes and photographer Chris Bahn, had allegations raised against them, resulting in public apologies from the pair and a ban forbidding them from entering some of the USA's largest tournaments. This recent turmoil has raised uncomfortable and important questions about the FGC, on whether those guilty of these actions are simply bad actors, or whether the FGC has a deep-rooted problem at its core. I talked with women in the community who've worked in this environment long enough to know the reality of what it's like at these events, about their thoughts on the culture, recent allegations, and what needs to change. Read more There's no Asura's Wrath 2, but Street Fighter 5 has an Asura costume as DLCSep 14, 2019 - EurogamerAh, Asura's Wrath. How I miss you so. Your over-the-top, QTE-fuelled combat lives long in the memory. I close my eyes and I see a planet-sized man press his finger down on Asura, the demigod's six arms a flurry of punches. You were deeply flawed, but remarkable, a true last-gen diamond in the rough. While Capcom seems unlikely to return to the wonderful world of Asura's Wrath any time soon, it lives on in the form of Street Fighter 5 costume DLC. This week the company announced an upcoming Asura's costume for Kage (the evil Ryu-esque character), due out via Extra Battle 27th September. Kage really does look the part as Asura, but the costume is of course no substitute for a brand new Asura's Wrath game (Asura's Wrath was one of Eurogamer's games of 2012), or even a guest appearance by the character in another Capcom game. Read more Valve apologise for leaking Street Fighter V DLC charactersAug 3, 2019 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunWhoops, say Valve. Yes, we did accidentally put a Street Fighter V trailer up early on Steam this week. Yes, it did leak three new characters who ll be joining the roster. Sorry. We ll try not to let it happen again. (more…) Valve apologises for Street Fighter 5 DLC Steam leakAug 3, 2019 - EurogamerValve has issued a public apology for leaking Street Fighter 5's next round of DLC characters. The upcoming new DLC characters, E. Honda, Poison and Lucia were all leaked on Wednesday when Steam published the trailer for the DLC reveal early. Capcom had planned to make a big splash during this weekend's Evo fighting game tournament. Now, Valve has apologised in a post on Steam, saying there was "a mix-up in the publishing process". Read more E. Honda, Lucia and Poison are coming to Street Fighter 5Aug 1, 2019 - EurogamerIt was leaked a little early on Steam, but Capcom has now officially announced E. Honda, Lucia and Poison will be making their way to Street Fighter 5 on 4th August. On the final day of Evo 2019 (and the day of the Street Fighter 5 grand finals), the characters will be made available to buy individually, then the following day a "Summer 2019 Character Bundle" will be released - including different battle costumes for each fighter. It's likely this was meant to be a big announcement set to go live during Evo, but the leak seems to have forced Capcom's hand to go ahead with the early reveal. Read more Japan police are using Street Fighter to recruit copsJul 2, 2019 - EurogamerJapanese police are using Street Fighter to recruit cops. Characters from Capcom's famous fighting game franchise will be used for the first time as mascots in the Osaka Prefectural Police's recruitment advertising for cyber-crime investigators. It turns out Capcom has been working with Osaka Prefectural Police and other nearby police forces on various crime prevention awareness campaigns since 2013. But this year, Capcom received a request from the Osaka Prefectural Police to use Street Fighter characters for the first time. Read more Street Fighter at Evo 2017 Tops League of Legends’ Viewer Count Over the WeekendJul 19, 2017 - GitHypThe biggest fighting game tournament of the year lived up to the hype with the Street Fighter V main event at Evo 2017 bringing in over two hundred thousand concurrent viewers on Twitch -- enough to just barely top League of Legend’s on Sunday, which saw its viewers down 13% from the same time last year. Although Evo 2017’s main event wasn’t enough to take the number one spot on Twitch from CS:GO’s second major of the year with a $1 million prize pool, it was still enough to just barely top Evo 2016’s peak of 203k concurrent viewers and to set a new all-time high viewer count for SFV. Here were last week’s top 10 most watched games on Twitch:
  1. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive – 586,590 viewers
  2. Street Fighter V – 206,260 viewers
  3. League of Legends – 200,478 viewers
  4. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds – 152,301 viewers
  5. Tekken 7 – 143,017 viewers
  6. Super Smash Bros. Wii U – 138,193 viewers
  7. Super Smash Bros. Melee – 119,762 viewers
  8. BlazBlue: Centralfiction – 108,407 viewers
  9. Overwatch – 92,321 viewers
  10. Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 – 88,663 viewers
Based on the top 10 list, there weren’t any huge upsets at this year’s Evo and the viewer counts aligned with each game’s placement in the schedule. Tekken 7 and SSB Wii U were both right before SFV on Sunday and SSB Melee was Saturday night’s main event. Meanwhile, other finals on Saturday saw much lower viewer counts. Injustice 2 only pulled in a peak of 42,791 viewers at #14 and Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 came in right behind at #15 with 42,691 viewers. Friday night’s main event, The King of Fighters XIV was the least watched at #24 with 34k viewers. We originally predicted that it might be too soon for Tekken 7 to take the top spot at Evo 2017. But if Tekken can stop its playerbase from continuing to decline, there’s still a good chance that continued support from the FGC could be what it takes to dethrone Street Fighter in 2018.