It’s EVO weekend, but the folks at Twin Galaxies have an exciting fighting game event planned to coincide with the biggest FGC event of the year. The Twin Galaxies Fight Club will take place at Esports Arena Las Vegas from August 4 to 5, and will feature some of the biggest names and most deeply-seated rivalries in the FGC across a number of historic titles. This curated event takes a new approach to fighting games by giving fans exactly what they want to see, and how they want to see it.
Twin Galaxies Co-Chairman, Jace Hall, explains:
“Fan passion for professional sports is fueled by epic rivalries and superstar performances, the exact formula we are using to bring that level of excitement to the fighting game community with the TGFC. For the first time, fights will be regularly curated to ensure viewers get the most compelling and entertaining match-ups possible, expanding the reach to wider audiences, bringing more attention to the incredibly talented stars, and helping to usher in the next era for fighting game esports.”
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Indeed, the inaugural TGFC aims at boosting visibility of the scene in a unique way. There have been showmatches and special side events at bigger tournaments before, but a well-produced show that focuses on entertainment value for a few marquee matches isn’t something you see everyday. Even ELEAGUE’s events have traditional brackets and focus on just one title. By contrast, here’s what you’ll be seeing at TGFC 1:
Main Event: Dominique “SonicFox” McLean vs. Goichi “GO1” Kishida (Dragon Ball FighterZ)
Co-Main Event: Hajime “Tokido” Taniguchi vs. Lee “Infiltration” Seon-woo (Street Fighter V)
The Fight of Legends: Alex Valle vs. John Choi (Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting, Street Fighter Alpha 2, Street Fighter Alpha 3)
Fox Family Feud: Kim “JDCR” Hyun Jin vs. Choi “Saint” Jinwoo (Tekken 7)
Coastal Rivalry – West vs East: Abraham “GoldenboyNeo” Sotelo vs. Desmond “Xecutioner” Pinkney (Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes)
Triple-Threat Brawl: Justin Wong vs. Sanford Kelly vs. Michael “YipeS” Mendoza (Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes)
Meeting of the Melee Gods: Adam “Armada” Lindgren vs. Joseph “Mang0” Marquez (Super Smash Bros. Melee)
The Great Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Clash: Ryan “Filipino Champ” Ramirez vs. Christopher “NYChrisG” Gonzalez (Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds)
The Triple-Threat Brawl features the three best, or at least widely-recognized, players in Marvel vs. Capcom 2 history. Of those three, Justin Wong has transcended typical FGC stardom and has been an ambassador for the scene for years. He’s seen it all when it comes to tournaments and show matches, and he’s excited for TGFC 1.
“Twin Galaxies Fight Club is awesome just because it brings the highest level of matches from the past and present,” says Wong. “I personally love watching old games in general, so seeing some of the dream matches from the old games makes me really happy especially for new people on the scene so they can see how things were like from back in the day.”
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— Echo Fox Justin Wong (@JWonggg) July 30, 2018
Nostalgia is huge in fighting games, and many heated debates are sparked by discussions about how aspects of a past title compare to a current title. The same goes for how tournaments — and presentation of tournaments — used to be. A large offshoot from that is how aspiring players may view the scene as impenetrable. Though some may find TGFC dubious in this regard, Wong is totally on board:
“There are many passionate fans in the fighting game community, and we have a ton of appreciation for them. Programs like this will actually let us reach more of our fans, many of whom are actually trying to break into the scene themselves. As a professional players, I think it’s our job to give aspiring fans hope – show them a path to success. And I truly believe that anyone can get to the top with hard work, dedication, and positivity.”
As for his match, Wong is confident that his defensive game will carry him to victory.
The DBFZ main event will be first to five, while the melee event will be first to three. More details about match format will be released as the matches begin. To watch everything live starting at 9:00 PM PT, check out the Twin Galaxies Twitch channel.