NorCal Fight Club League Starts Strong
The first rule of fight club is you don’t talk about fight club. Well rules are made to be broken because the word is out. NorCal Fight Club League began its first round last Friday with a round robin tournament for Ultra Street Fighter IV. There has been a lack of solid Norcal tournaments since the days of Southtown Arcade in San Francisco. The hosts, Pandora House, are trying to fill that void by creating a fresh tournament league for NorCal players to showcase their skills.
NorCal Fight Club League is something that the members of Pandora House have been planning for months. The booking of venues, acquiring sponsors, and promoting this tournament league has definitely paid off with over one thousand twitch viewers tuning in for the first event.
This league includes a wide variety of competitors including the majority of the NorCal elite. Ricky Ortiz, Filipino Champ, Hoodaman, LPN, and Kelvin Jeon are just some of the players fighting for the NCFC League title. LPN of Pandora House has stated, “Everyone has been very hype in NorCal lately, especially after the release of Ultra Street Fighter IV.” NorCal players are hungry for competition and NorCal Fight Club League is an outlet for that. The competition has been intense and round one included some very hype matches to say the least. Since the format is round robin (meaning everyone has to play everyone) it creates a very balanced and unique tournament. Also, Pandora House wanted this to be a tournament that included all of the elite from NorCal. So even for people that are not as prominent in the tournament scene have a chance to be able to compete against the best of the best for the NorCal title. This tournament format allows for this to be a possibility by making even the lowest ranking player who qualified for the league a chance to square off against the very best players in the tournament.
The reception to this new up and coming league has been exciting for NorCal and the FGC. Pandora House has really created something special for the fighting game community and as more word gets out about this new league who knows what kind of numbers we will see in the coming weeks. Round one was held at Milipitas Golfland and round two is being hosted by the the Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment in Oakland, California. Pandora House is still keeping the lid on where the third round is going to be held, but Pandora House’s Team Manager, Rose, promised during Super Desperation Radio this Monday on iplaywinner that, “…it is a huge venue.”
Make sure to check out the next episode of NorCal Fight Club League this Saturday, August 16th at 7:00pm. There will be casuals’ set-up and rumor has it that there will be a few UNIEL set-ups as well. So come to M.A.D.E. and test your might against NorCal’s great on this hype new fighter and catch some epic USFIV matches at the same time. If you can’t make it to Oakland you can tune in on iplaywinner at 7pm. And make sure to follow us @areyougaming and Pandora House @thePandoraHouse for all your NCFC League news and updates.
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