“Sven” is a blind Street Fighter V player who competed over the weekend in his first-ever tournament, shocking the crowd with his heightened senses.
Sonic Boom IV, another branch of the season’s Capcom Pro Tour, saw the attendance of many professional players such as Justin “JWong” Wong and Ricki “Ricki Ortiz” Ortiz. However, no amount of play could overshadow the blind Street Fighter V player who managed to take a few sets off his opponents in the pool matches using nothing but audio cues.
Sven had the support of the crowd, who helped him get on the stage and prepare for every match. It was an impressive display of sheer skill and will, where his overly aggressive Ken awed everyone as he read his opponent’s attacks.
Sven has been playing Street Fighter V since August of last year, but his real passion for the franchise began with Street Fighter II on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) after he lost his sight. Since then, he has gone through various fighting games such as Killer Instinct and Mortal Kombat. However, he has great love for Street Fighter V because of the game’s welcoming sound design.
“Street Fighter V has really good sound effects,” said Sven in a post-match interview. “I play with a headset on so I can hear, left and right, what’s going on. When characters move they make sounds – you have to study the sounds for a long time to know all of them.”
Unfortunately, Sven couldn’t qualify from his pool matches, but it was amazing to not only see him play but also the fighting game community come together to help a fellow member.
“I’m really happy to be here and it’s nice to have the support of the community,” he exclaimed. “The organization (Madrid FGC) has been really nice to me and my girlfriend. It’s been a dream of mine to compete in a tournament and travel, but you’re blind with not much money so how do you travel? There are so many obstacles to take, but I’m just happy to have made it here.”
If the Daredevil of Street Fighter V can pull off an impressive Ken in a competitive environment, what excuse is there for others who point out flaws from Capcom for their shortcomings?