IGN Pro League Becomes Official eSports Home Of Capcom's Fighting Games
Fighting Game Exhibition Matches to be Featured at IPL 5, Nov. 29-Dec. 2 at
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas;
Official Tournaments Beginning in 2013 to Offer Largest Prize Pools in Capcom
SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 30, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The fighting game genre has found
a home on the professional gaming (eSports) circuit as the IGN Pro League, the
professional gaming league presented by IGN Entertainment, teams up with
Capcom to bring its most popular fighting game franchises exclusively to the
IGN Pro League (IPL) tournament line-up in 2013.
The addition of Capcom's Super Street Fighter® IV Arcade Edition and Street
Fighter® X Tekken® to IGN's eSports mix will draw in the growing fighting game
community, put the pros of the popular genre center stage and address the
question: can virtual fighters rival actual fights as the new major spectator
sport on the Las Vegas strip.
"We believe virtual fighting game tournaments can become a new standard form
of entertainment on the Vegas strip, and Capcom is the undisputed champion of
the fighting game genre," said David Ting, founder of the IGN Pro League.
"We're thrilled to partner with Capcom to help grow the eSports scene among
the fighting game community, so that everyday players can be discovered and
share the limelight with fighting game pros like Mike Ross and Justin Wong."
"With the positive reception of the Street Fighter 25^th Anniversary global
tournament series, Capcom has been more focused on the competitive scene than
at any other point in our company's history, and we're constantly exploring
new ways to provide bigger and better tournament experiences," said Matt
Dahlgren, Senior Product Manager at Capcom. "We're hyped to be partnering up
with IPL to push the fighting scene forward and believe their creative vision
will both spread the passion of fighting games to new players while providing
fresh opportunities for the existing community."
As part of IPL, Capcom will be able to offer pro fighting gamers one of the
largest prize pools in the history of Capcom® fighting games. IPL will work
closely with Capcom to set the bar for top notch 24x7 coverage to the fighting
To kick things off, IPL will host exhibition matches for Capcom fighting
titles, featuring the world's top fighting game pros, at its next major
tournament event, IPL 5, taking place November 29-December 2 at The
Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The exhibition matches will introduce the fighting
game community to the eSports circuit, while enticing IPL's other prominent
communities – for games like StarCraft II and League of Legends – with what's
to come on the fighter front in 2013.
The IGN Pro League, the professional video games league presented by IGN
Entertainment, has become a major contender in the North American eSports
market since its launch in April 2011.Its last major tournament event drew
in more than 10,000 spectators and logged a record-breaking 346,000 concurrent
online viewers. With the IGN Pro League franchise, IGN's goal is to help
legitimize video gaming as a profession that can produce the next generation
of sports celebrities.
Capcom is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of
interactive entertainment for game consoles, PCs, handheld and wireless
devices. Founded in 1983, the company has created hundreds of games, including
best-selling franchises Resident Evil®, Street Fighter®, Mega Man® and Devil
May Cry®. Capcom maintains operations in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany,
Tokyo, Hong Kong and Korea, with corporate headquarters located in Osaka,
Japan. More information about Capcom can be found on the company web site,
www.capcom.com or www.capcom-unity.com
Capcom, the Capcom logo, Resident Evil, Mega Man and Devil May Cry are either
registered trademarks or trademarks of Capcom Co., Ltd., in the U.S. or other
countries. Street Fighter is a registered trademark of Capcom U.S.A., Inc.
All other marks are the property of their respective owners.
About IGN Entertainment:
IGN Entertainment is the leading Internet media and services provider focused
on the video game and entertainment enthusiast markets. Collectively, IGN's
properties reach more than 57 million unique users worldwide, according to
Internet audience measurement firm comScore. IGN's network of video
game-related properties (IGN.com, 1UP.com, GameSpy and others) is the Web's #1
video game information destination. IGN also owns the world's largest men's
lifestyle website, AskMen.com, and men's entertainment site UGO.com. IGN is
headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, with offices across North
America, Europe and Australia.
SOURCE IGN Entertainment
Contact: Kris Sharbaugh, IGN Entertainment, +1-415-896-3450,
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