Capcom Announces Street Fighter IV Premier League, the Capcom Pro Tour

Capcom Pro Tour logo

Capcom and Twitch partner come together to bring a series of events to fighting game fans.

Capcom and announced this morning that they’re partnering up to bring some extra hype to the fighting game community.

The Capcom Pro Tour is a circuit-type structure where several major fighting game tournaments will act as qualifiers leading up to Capcom’s major tournament at the end of the year, the Capcom Cup. For the time being, Super Street Fighter IV AE 2012 will be the focus of the Pro Tour, though other Capcom fighters will most likely be added to the mix should this prove successful. The Tour is broken up into three different events: Premier, Independent Ranking, and Online, and the Premier events (with the exception of Evo) will be streamed on Capcom’s own CapcomFighters channel on Twitch.

Winners of Premier events automatically qualify for Capcom Cup, and the remaining winners (and the top 16 for the Ranking and Online tourneys), will earn points based on their placement:

Placing EVO Tier Premier (Tier 1) Ranking (Tier 2)
1 1024 256 128
2 512 128 64
3 256 64 32
4 128 32 16
5-6 64 16 8
7-8 32 8 4
9-12 16 4 2
13-16 8 2 1

As for which tournaments will be involved, here are the ones participating as Premier Events, which will grant players Tier 1 points:

Here are the Ranking events, which will award players with Tier 2 points:

Capcom has yet to announce the Online events, nor anything in the way of prizes (adding to the pot for the Premier tourneys?). However, they are willing to add more tournaments into the Tour as Ranking Events (just shoot them an email!).

It’s always awesome to see devs getting behind their games like this. Sega’s doing their own Virtua Fighter V tourney in April with the Sega Cup, and Arc System Works did the Arc Revolution Cup featuring their games — Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R, BlazBlue Chronophantasma, and Persona 4 Arena — in celebration of the company’s 25th anniversary back in May last year (though it was only in Japan).

I can only hope that this goes well for everyone involved, that the community supports this, and that this could be the start of something good for the fighting game community.

What do you guys think of the Capcom Pro Tour? Let me know in the Comments Section!

Sources: Shoryuken, Capcom Pro Tour website