Harada's Bar recently played host to Evo 2023 top 8 finalists, Tokido, and Kakeru where they discussed a range of topics around money, competition, and some of the effects of tournament earnings for young players.
Kakeru is the winner of the Gamers8 Invitational for Street Fighter 6 that took place in Saudi Arabia where he won a whopping $400,000 while Tokido has also won quite a bit of financial reward in hiss career. In one of th emore interesting snippets, Kakeru revealed that he is yet to receive his winnings from Gamers8 and is still expecting it. Considering the amount, it is not unheard of that such things might take a little while.
Menawhile, Harada pointed out that Kakeru's winnings, which should be around 60 million yen, would be heavily taxed with a little under half reaching him. He noted that this could make things difficult for Kakeru as his taxes will also increase for the next year and considering the unstable nature of a pro player's finances, he would need to think about that a bit. Harada did advice that perhaps Kakeru could receive the money in batches to reduce the amount of tax he would have to pay.
Harada also asked a few questions of Kakeru including his father's age and was shocked to learn that he was probably older than Kakeru's dad who he also mentioned is a gamer.
The interview was a lot of fun and there was some time to poke some fun at Tasty Steve who Harada opined would be unable to see a ghost standing in front of him. There was also some discussion as to the effect of such huge winnings on a person and how people tend to come out of the woodwork when there is money to be sought. Tokido gave an example of MenaRD who won about 30 million yen and had unknown relatives call him.
You can watch the full interview below.