Thanks to an unlikely series of coincidences, I have managed to take part in person to the first live event of the upcoming indie fighting game Umbral Core. The event was held at Nemiex Club in Milan on the 25.09.2022 and allowed those around the venue to play the first alpha build of the game. I went there, had a chat with the devs, took part to a public Q&A session and—most importantly—I have put my hands on the game. This article summarizes my experience and the developers’ thoughts what to expect from Umbral Core in the near future.
2022 marks the return of Big E’s array of regional and major fighting game labels including Summer Jam in New Jersey this coming weekend. Featuring a wide variety of modern tournament favorites and a few community twists let’s talk schedules and streams.
With 3 whole days of fighting action, Ultimate Montreal Airdashers (UMAD) heralds the coming of large-scale FGC events in Canada. All of our favorites are headed north with a few crowd pleasers in tow, so let’s talk the schedule and where to watch.
The FGC hits sunny Daytona Beach, Florida for CEO 2022 and all the hits are here for your viewing pleasure this weekend. Starting this Friday, June 24th we’ve got 3 whole days of fighting game action with a healthy mix of old and new so let’s talk about schedules and streams right here.
Perhaps the most anticipated of fighting game majors since the return of “offline” is going down this weekend – It’s Combo Breaker 2022. With a stacked lineup of both main-stage games and a concerted effort for community tournaments in “All In Together”, we’ve got a lot of fighting action to watch. Let’s preview the schedule and streams right here.
With Combo Breaker this weekend, not only are there 20+ main games happening but Combo Breaker’s All In Together official community tournaments practically doubles the amount of events being ran this year. These tournaments are official side events, being scheduled and supported by Combo Breaker, so they are all going to have their Top 4s streamed. Now, there are some tournament standard games like Super Smash Bros Melee or games with long tournament relevancy like Guilty Gear Xrd that we will not be covering today. Instead we will focus on the more underrepresented games that rarely see a spotlight such as this. A Top 4 might not be enough time to figure out what a game’s jam is, so let’s make sure you know what to expect this weekend from All In Together.
In April 2022, streamer and YouTuber Mike Levesque (also known as MrMKL) had the idea to host an indie fighting game developer roundtable, inspired by the periodic Japan Fighting Game Publisher roundtable. I was one of the four panelists of the event, together with Mattrified (Battle High, MerFight, Drag Her), MonochromaticHermit (Heatwave) and Love, from team Kaizen Creed, currently developing 5 Force Fighters.
In the month of April, streamer and YouTuber Mike Levesque (also known as MrMKL) had the idea to host an indie fighting game developer roundtable, inspired by the periodic Japan Fighting Game Publisher roundtable. His rationale was that, even if indie fighting games do not reach the same amount of players as—say—Street Fighter or Tekken, they have their own hardcore audience. Furthermore, indie developers are constantly trying to push the boundaries of the genre, in directions that are often precluded to more commercial titles. So, in his eyes, that was the perfect opportunity to have 3-4 developers meet together and get them to talk about the current status of this amalgam of subgenres.
BlazBlue Centralfiction’s premiere online event returns this weekend, stronger than ever before. The World Serpent Championship hosted by Chickzama will play out across 8 global regions with rollback netcode for the first time. With tournaments kicking off this weekend you won’t want to miss the strongest showing yet. Let’s talk about schedules, streams and format.
Kusoge and poverty extraordinaires Fraud Krew will begin their second three-day SawCon online event this weekend, April 1st – 3rd. After the success of last year’s inaugural event, the organizers are back with another weekend full of panels, streams, watch-a-longs, and online tournaments open for the public to enter. As these are some of the most experienced people in under-represented fighting games, we are here to offer a guide to let spectators (or potential players!) know what they should expect from this weekend’s brackets.