CEO 2023 takes place from June 23 to 25 at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Florida. This tournament has the privilege (and logistical nightmare) of being the first American “supermajor” tier tournament to feature Street Fighter 6, and the turnout certainly represents the white-hot demand for offline competition.
The CEO 2023 tournament lineup includes: Breakers Revenge, Capcom vs. SNK 2, DNF Duel, Def Jam: Fight for NY, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Granblue Fantasy: Versus, Guilty Gear Xrd REV2, Guilty Gear: Strive, Melty Blood: Type Lumina, Mortal Kombat 11, Street Fighter 6, Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike, Super Smash Bros Melee (Singles and Doubles), Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Singles and Doubles), Super Street Fighter II Turbo, Tekken 7, The King of Fighters XV, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[cl-r].
The community tournament lineup includes: Blazblue Centralfiction, Dead or Alive 5 Last Round, Divekick, Fighting EX Layer, Guilty Gear XX Accent Core +R, Idol Showdown, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure All-Star Battle R, The King of Fighters 98: Ultimate Match Final Edition, Melty Blood Actress Again Current Code, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, Pokken Tournament DX, Puyo Puyo Tetris 2, Samurai Showdown, Skullgirls, Street Fighter Alpha 2, Ultra Street Fighter IV, and Windjammers 2.
Other games on offer include a selection of dance games under “Project Storm”: Dance Dance Revolution A20 Plus, Pump it Up XX, In The Groove 2 and StepManiaX. The community tournament lineup also includes card games such as the One Piece Official Card Game and Marvel Snap.
Players to Watch
Over 2600 entrants are expected to compete during the event across all mainstage tournament games. Here are the some of the notable players expected to compete in various games:
- Breakers Revenge: Victrix|Cory Bell, CEO|Jebailey, JWong, #CvS1Revival|umthrfkr, Threemist, SouthpawRock, DSO|NitemareZen, 2D Cowboys|Rayze
- Capcom vs. SNK 2: JWong, #CvS1Revival|umthrfkr, Strike First|DR.B GALAXY B, Flocker, CEO|Jebailey, Ran-A-Ku, Ben Reed, FLOOFY [ЯR]|11Frames
- DNF Duel: FlowChartK3n, tenuredmule, TGC|Bluelinkys, TacoFL, GcYoshi13, HUEBERT, GoneMad, lupro
- Def Jam: Fight for NY: Joey Bag O’ Donuts, The Gatekeeper, Dripsugeki, 414-262|FLOODEDxOUT, Argen, Cinderella, NYXI|BlackPhoenix843, DrumKingDrew
- Dragon Ball FighterZ: GIA|Shanks, Rise|INZEM, Zane, LegendaryyPred, JakeRyan, Lucar, STG|Garlic Bread, Drac
- Granblue Fantasy: Versus: MadBestKiller, Pinecone|BEPaw, TAYSTON|Hugh Jass, Neokarsh, Knights|2eZ, DaFeetLee, Lennox, Danny
- Guilty Gear -Strive-: FG|Marvelo, Supernoon, JurassicOri, Stealthy, Eddventure, TNS|MFCR, XSET|iDom, Solstice
- Guilty Gear Xrd REV2: Team DC|Mystic, Solstice, GcYoshi13, KTP, LZBA|Frosted, Team DC|Juggernaut, Dustloop|Krackatoa, GoTE|Donny Tsunami
- Melty Blood: Type Lumina: JurassicOri, Mom<3|ScrawtVermillion, Medusa, EMP|KDZ, Defiant, Coma, Link Pendrago, Gavin_XI
- Mortal Kombat 11: OD_Fullauto, A F0xy Grampa, DG|KingGambler, Patient-Impulse, Knights|2eZ, DF|Grr, Euphoring, Semiij
- Street Fighter 6: Bandits|MenaRD, Punk, Bandits|Caba, XSET|iDom, JAK, My Wallet|NuckleDu, 00|Phenom, END|Shine, TNS|Tong
- Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike: JWong, Ricky, BigBadWolfMN, keninblack, everdred, Migeru, CEO|Jebailey, Dark Hokage SFL
- Super Smash Bros. Melee Doubles: RB|Plup, Oaty, Liquid|Hungrybox, Liquid|Crunch, Panda, Kuya, Voo, Spiral|MOF, 20GX|Gahtzu, Fearless, sinbad, OH|Kero, simply in love, OH|Wevans, Sigh, Profanity
- Super Smash Bros. Melee Singles: FLY|Jmook, RB|Plup, Liquid|Hungrybox, Wizzrobe, Spiral|MOF, Panda, Bbatts, prof
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Doubles: 26R|MuteAce, Kobe, NVR|MPg, wG|ApolloKage, OH|Tachyon, Rectify|WonderBread, Sonido, Fatality, RossFGC, Moist|Aaron, Seibrik, MVD, Sean, My Dad, Vedhan, HENRY LUMA
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Singles: Liquid|Riddles, Liquid|Dabuz, wG|ApolloKage, 26R|MuteAce, iXA|Yaura, Anathema, Almighty, MVD
- Super Street Fighter II Turbo: MAO, muc, JWong, STR|Atari, NeoTurfMaster, CEO|Jebailey, NGamer3k, Victrix|Cory Bell
- Tekken 7: Arslan Ash, Kiba Esports|kkokkoma, DH.CNJ|JeonDDing, KDF|ULSAN, Love N’ Care|Joey Fury, TALON|Book, RB|Anakin, THY|chikurin
- The King of Fighters XV: CintaNegra|Wero Asamiya, CintaNegra|Seis mx, Arslan Ash, RocklandKyo, Yurikov, Comite|FKang, GHZ|Chino Funkey, Dinasty|Gummy
- Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3: JNGL|LiberalTerminator, Jibrill, RayRay, Kane Blueriver, Proton|Coach Steve, Noelbhungry, Flocker, Snaketits, TNS|Tong
- Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[cl-r]: BigBlack, Defiant, Candice Catnipp, OmniDeag, ATC|Pyro_, NorseFTX, Shaly, KPB|JDR
Brackets and event rules are available on the official Start.gg page for main-stage and the CEO Community Tournaments Start.gg page. The Tekken 7 tournament is a Master level event on the 2023 Tekken World Tour.
If you’re unable to attend and watch the action live, CEO 2023 will be streamed across CEOGaming, Tekken, TampaNeverSleeps, Hungrybox, PolarityGG, JuicyGameNight, FunkyP and Tenomedia on Twitch. The official multi-stream page is here. See our schedule graphics below to catch the action in your region’s time zone.
CEO 2023 Stream Schedule
CEO 2023 player overlap stats by JD
Curious about how many players of your favorite game are participating in Street Fighter 6 at CEO 2023? Check out this network diagram by our analytics guru JD. The network graph is certainly a fascinating visualization, and you can even check out the percentage or exact count of players. It’s also interesting to factor in the Project Storm dance games that are also part of the official Start.gg page, showing you just how apart these communities are with the FGC.
— jd (@JD__FGC) June 23, 2023
Jebailey speaks out about the state of CEO amidst new Florida discrimination laws
Event organizer Alex Jebailey recently spoke to the Daytona Beach News-Journal on the subject of recently passed or upcoming legislation passed in Florida that would impact LGBTQ+ people in the event’s home state of Florida. A lengthy breakdown of the situation surrounding these laws is available from the same outlet, which details the most relevant law that classifies using bathrooms according to a person’s preferred gender as a criminal misdemeanor in public venues like the Ocean Center. Jebailey made the following comment to the News-Journal on the subject of perceptions in the FGC about his event’s future:
“All the DeSantis talk and anti-trans laws are literally scaring attendees from coming down to Florida,” he said. “People think they are going to die or get hurt coming down here. That’s what I deal with. I have to keep spending money (in marketing) to make people feel safer.”
You can read the full article at this archive link.
We’ll be posting results and covering any announcement out of the event, be sure to sound off in the comments about what you’re looking forward to the most.
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