For the first time, the Street Fighter world champion is from the UK
It came home!
Street Fighter has a new world champion - and he's from the UK.
Benjamin "Problem X" Simon won Street Fighter 5 at Evo - the world's biggest fighting game tournament - defeating legendary Japanese player Hajime "Tokido" Taniguchi in grand finals.
Playing as M. Bison, Problem X beat Akuma player Tokido 3-0 after the Japanese reset the bracket (Evo is a double elimination tournament).
Your #SFVAE #EVO2018 champion @MrProblemX! pic.twitter.com/CL7SNoupop— Capcom Fighters (@CapcomFighters) August 6, 2018
It marks the first time a British player has won the main Street Fighter Evo tournament, and it's the first time a British player has won any tournament at Evo since Ryan Hart won Tekken 5 back in 2008.
IT'S COMING HOME! @MrProblemX has defeated the reigning #SFVAE champion @tokidoki77 in #GrandFinals here at #EVO2018! Congrats, champ! #CPT2018 pic.twitter.com/qObYWgmKM7— EVO (@EVO) August 6, 2018
After his on-stage victory, a clearly stunned Problem X was congratulated by a raft of British fighting game pros, including Hart, F-Word and Logan Sama.
I just won EVO 2018!!!!!! OMG Words can not explain my happiness.Thank you @mousesports thanks you everyone who supports me. Great games to everyone I played. UK and EUROPE have the championship this year. SHADOWLOO RISES 😈 with some vroom vroom. #Hardwork— Benjamin (@MrProblemX) August 6, 2018
Here's the Street Fighter top eight:
Our final #SFVAE #TOP8 standings tonight at #EVO2018— EVO (@EVO) August 6, 2018
Elsewhere, Dominique "SonicFox" McLean won the Dragon Ball FighterZ tournament, defeating long-standing rival Goichi "GO1" Kishida in a reset grand final.
And @SonicFox5000 is your #evo2018 Dragon Ball FighterZ champion! https://t.co/hUSGuD5gmy pic.twitter.com/fPFq16nklt— EVO (@EVO) August 6, 2018
The standout performance at the entertaining Tekken 7 tournament was by US player Lil Majin, who, using King, battled his way to third place. It's the best result for a western Tekken 7 player at Evo ever. In grand finals, South Korean Sun-woong "LowHigh" Youn defeated countryman Byung-moon "Qudans" Son.
LowHigh is your #EVO2018 #TEKKEN7 Champion! What an ending!— EVO (@EVO) August 5, 2018
1 🇰🇷 @TekkenLowhigh
2 🇰🇷 @qudans1987
3 🇺🇸 @lil_majin
4 🇰🇷 @TKJDCR
5 🇹🇭 @booknopparut
5 🇰🇷 @rangchu123
7 🇯🇵 @0_wws
7 🇯🇵 @TLaionsan
Congratulations to all the competitors!https://t.co/pRm0CRLp4y pic.twitter.com/wYgXhcJzbd
For the Evo results in full, head over to EventHubs.