Only the biggest names in the Street Fighter V community have been extended exclusive invitations by ELEAGUE to participate in its upcoming brawl.
Earlier today, John Diamonon, Director of Licensing & Consumer Products at Capcom, confirmed the 32 players who will be competing for a share of the $250,000 prize pool.
— John D (@diamonon) February 25, 2017
The top half (orange) were picked based on their standings in last year’s Capcom Pro Tour. The next (green) individuals were recognized as the top players in each of the four regions outside of the global standings. Finally, the bottom half (blue) were selected by Capcom from their global standings in the leaderboards.
The list comprises of several veterans from the fighting game community such as Lee “Infiltration” Seonwoo, Taniguchi “Tokido” Hajime, Justin “JWong” Wong, and Darryl “Snake Eyez” Lewis. In addition, fans will also see the inclusion of Ryan “FChamp” Ramirez, Bruce “GamerBee” Hsiang, Ai “Fuudo” Keita, Daigo “The Beast” Umehara, as well as the reigning Capcom Cup 2016 champion Du “NuckleDu” Dang.
Eight players will be eliminated during the preliminary rounds, scheduled to run from March 27-30. Following that, competitions will be held on April 7, April 21, May 5 and May 12 to trim the remaining 24 players. The finals will then take place on May 26.
Turner Broadcasting System (TBS) will be airing the entire invitational live, with special coverage planned for March 31, April 28, and May 26. The live streams will also be available on Twitch.
Last week, ELEAGUE announced that it would be featuring Street Fighter V for the first time in its next iteration of competitive events. However, this will not be part of the ongoing 2017 Capcom Pro Tour, meaning that participants will not earn any points for the game’s official circuit.
More details about the ELEAGUE Street Fighter V Invitational will arrive as we approach closer to the event. The list of participants, though, final can always change at the end on the basis of availability.