• Naoto Sako
  • FAV gaming
  • Japan

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Birthday : Apr 9, 1979 (43)
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Japanese fighting game player Naoto "sako" Sako, also known as sakonoko is one of the "five gods" of Japanese Street Fighter, with several wins under his belt that span multiple titles in the franchise. As a result, his mains have changed over the years, but in 2019 sako dropped his Chun-Li for Akuma.

Sako is a Capcom Cup 2013 champion (Street Fighter IV) who represents FAV gaming. He's mainly known for being an execution master, making the execution of complicated combos look easy. Other fighting games he's had success in are Darkstalkers, Guilty Gear XX, Hyper Street Fighter II, and Street Fighter III: Third Strike. However, it was across the different iterations of Street Fighter IV that sako truly shone, inspiring the term Sako Combo for his execution of complicated Evil Ryu combos at major events when the pressure was high. Sako maintains this impeccable consistency and high execution while being over 40 years old, shattering the preconceptions about retirement age for FGC players.

This proficiency led to HORI taking input from sako when designing their Hayabusa fighting stick parts. Hayabusa lever and buttons are usually noted for their low resistance and precision. 

Besides Akuma and Chun-Li, the master of execution has mained Menat, another Street Fighter V character with big execution requirements to play. sako's Street Fighter V accolades include a 1st place finish at SoCal Regionals 2018, 5-6th place finish at Fighter's Spirit 2019, and a 3rd place finish at EVO Japan 2020.

You can find sako on Twitter, Youtube, and Twitch.