Harada wants to create a joint fighting games world championship

Ilya Kravtsov
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Harada wants to create a joint fighting games world championship
Biggest fighting game developers may team up to tackle the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic

Tekken director Katsuhiro Harada proposed joining the leading fighting game companies (Bandai Namco, Capcom, Arc System Works, SNK) to create one joint fighting tournament. This idea can be compared in scale to creating a fighting game world championship. 

Harada also invited other developers to join forces to create a new fighting game title. This info became known during the second Japan Fighting Game Publisher Roundtable.

"We're all making fighting games, so if we could all come together and make some event, that'd be kinda fun," - said Tekken Producer Michael Murray on Harada's message. Tekken’s creator's statement was well-received by those in attendance.

Tougeki - Super Battle Opera and EVO were named as role models for the future fighting game world championship. According to Harada, Capcom's consent to participate is critical to such a tournament. The Fighting World Championship was initiated amid the damage the fighting game communities have suffered from the coronavirus pandemic and many offline tournaments' cancellation.

Such a mega-tournament would be aimed to create a single tournament platform for the most popular fighting games with a global format. Some representatives of the fightings industry think, that today each of the fightings is limited by its own already formed community.  In other words, fighting game fans need more communication with each other.

Major fighting game developers also acknowledge the importance of focusing their efforts outside Japan, given that apparently over 80 percent of fighting game players are not located in Japan.

"I think every developer has the same idea where if we all work together and come up with something, whether it be a new fighting game or an event that it'll help the FGC grow as a whole together," - said Naoya Yasuda, Bandai Namco's Esports Producer.

We remind you that WePlay Ultimate Fighting League starts very soon. Perhaps this very tournament can become an actual embodiment of Harada's idea of a multi-fighting world championship.

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