Special Street Fighter V Invitational Announced for TGS 2017

The annual iteration of Tokyo Game Show (TGS 2017) will host a surprise competitive tournament for Street Fighter V next month.

Eight players from across the world have already been sent invitations to the exclusive event. The Shoryuken Tournament will feature four participants from Japan, two from the United States, and two from the Asia-Pacific region.

The Japanese representation will be done by the Topanga League 6 champion Naoki “Nemo” Nemoto, Evolution Championship Series (EVO 2017) champion Hajime “Tokido” Taniguchi, Takahashi “Bonchan” Masato, and Keita “Fuudo” Ai. The United States delegation will feature Evolution Championship Series (EVO 2017) runner-up Victor “Punk” Woodley, and Capcom Pro Tour 2016 champion Du “NuckleDu” Dang. Finally, Singapore and Taiwan will be fronted by Bruce “GamerBee” Yu-lin Hsiang and Kun “Xian” Ho respectively.

Dropping details over the weekend, assistant producer Tomoaki Ayano revealed (via Event Hubs) that the Shoryuken Tournament will boast a prize of ¥1 million (approximately $9,000) for the victor and ¥500,000 (approximately $4,500) for the runner-up.

According to the released schedule, the event should start with its matches on September 24 at 2:00 p.m. PDT. For the Street Fighter V community that cannot or will not be able to make it in person, the tournament will be streamed live through the official channels on Twitch.

The Tokyo Game Show is the largest annual gaming event of Japan. It attracted 271,224 attendants last year. With the added incentive of an esports gathering, we might see those numbers rise next month.

Last week, a renowned data miner uncovered several stages hidden deep within the code of Street Fighter V. This includes at least three classic stages that are being remastered by Capcom.