The combating sport group (FGC) is likely one of the largest communities in all of esports, however additionally it is grassroots to the core. So when Capcom introduced final evening the following Capcom Professional Tour would have Road Fighter gamers duking it out for an opportunity at $2 million, it wasn’t simply the SF gamers who took discover.
That’s proper, Capcom Professional Tour 2023 can be shifting away from Road Fighter V and embracing the brand new title, Road Fighter 6—which launches globally on June 2. Not solely that, however it’ll function the largest prize pool for any combating sport ever whereas bringing the competitors into a brand new format.
Seemingly beginning this summer time as soon as the sport is definitely out in full, the 2023 CPT will see the return of extra offline premier occasions whereas additionally preserving on-line premieres round too. This may permit SF6 to hopefully enhance upon this final season of SFV, which actually turned the sport into a worldwide stage for gamers from all over the world.
That international enchantment will as soon as once more be helped by the World Warrior program, a collection of open tournaments the place the highest gamers from choose areas will compete for an invitation to the Capcom Cup. The main points about tournaments and these packages haven’t been shared for CPT 2023 but, however this needs to be a step up from what we noticed in 2022.
Not solely will this improved format assist SF6 attain extra gamers, the FGC’s collective eyes are on Capcom now after the corporate introduced Capcom Cup X will function a $2 million prize pool—with a full $1 million going to first place.
Compared to Capcom Cup IX, this is a rise of over $1.7 million total—with first-place finisher and two-time Capcom Cup champion MenaRD taking dwelling $120,000 of this yr’s $300,000 prize pool. This improve additionally doesn’t embrace how the elevated help from Capcom for CPT 2023 will impression different tournaments’ prize swimming pools on the circuit too.
Previous to this announcement, Brawlhalla had the largest prize pool in FGC historical past with its 2022 season totaling over $1.32 million throughout all areas. For those who solely take a look at the extra conventional combating video games, you’re looking at Capcom’s $300,000 because the cream of the crop in comparison with Bandai Namco’s $100,000 for the Tekken World Tour Finals and $200,000 cut up evenly for Responsible Gear Try and DNF Duel on the ARC World Tour.
That is Capcom making a press release that SF6 will revolutionize the aggressive scene and produce Road Fighter into a brand new highlight that’s nearer to that of bigger esports. It additionally has gamers who’re taking part in different video games trying with raised eyebrows, both considering making a swap or questioning how the publishers of their very own video games will reply.
We must always hear extra about CPT 2023 within the coming months as Capcom gears up for SF6’s June 2 launch. And anticipate to listen to loads of speaking about gamers from different video games getting ready to flood the servers to get in on that million-dollar motion.