Master Cup will be returning this year to celebrate its 10th anniversary by bringing together the very best Tekken 7 players from around the world.
The world’s largest Tekken tournament series began operations in 2007 in Japan with Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection. It continued to host an annual event for the next three years with Tekken 6 and Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion.
At the end of 2010, Master Cup went on a temporary hiatus and returned in 2013 with Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Unlimited. It hosted two major events that year, following with a single iteration in each of the two years to follow.
In late 2015, Master Cup took up Tekken 7 where 935 players across 187 teams from around the world took part in the tournament. Most of the participants hailed from Japan, with the rest of the teams divided between Korea, Australia, and the United States.
Master Cup was absent last year but is now returning this year to run Tekken 7: Fated Retribution.
It goes without saying that the latest Master Cup 9 is set to be the biggest tournament in the series yet, and possibly the biggest for the franchise.
Released in Japan last year for arcades, the updated version will be hitting the west in early June on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The addition of the PC platform, as well as collective hype, is already signifying good days for the game.
As with previous Master Cup iterations, Master Cup 9 will likely see the attendance of some members from the Tekken development team. In the very least, game director and chief producer Katsuhiro Harada will be part of the event.
In October, Harada teased that Bandai Namco has plans for Tekken 7 to embrace esports on a global scale. He hinted a year-long competitive circuit much similar to what Capcom does with its Pro Cup for Street Fighter V.
Master Cup 9 will take place on November 4 in Tokyo. More details will be shared throughout the year as we approach closer to fall.