March 9, 2020

2020 March and April fighting game events in Tokyo

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Seems like I've gotten into the habit of tracking FGC offline events in the Tokyo area. This isn't a comprehensive list, but feel free to contact me if you want me to add anything. You also should try TopTier.gg which tracks fighting game locals around the world.

Very generally:

  • On Tuesdays there is a DBFZ, Tekken7, and Soul Calibur event run by Jiyuna and MajinObama at Red Bull Gaming Sphere, Map. It is actually officially sponsored as well!
  • On Wednesdays SFV (Fighter's Crossover Akihabara – FCA is the event name) at Akihabara ESports Square (the place, Map) starting from 7pm. There are usually around 20 setups, all with sticks. The place has a bar with food too.
  • On Thursdays there is usually a SFV event at Red Bull Gaming Sphere, Map or sometimes BeasTV's Jikoken TV with Fuudo.
  • Also on some Thursdays there is a DBFZ event orgaqnized by Kagecchi at Akihabara eSports Square.
  • Studio Sky (Map) announced on 2018-09-14 that they will be an open esports space, and as part of that I'm not yet sure of their schedule, but I add information about their events when I see it.
  • Shot Bar Lucy has different events on different days, and usually on Friday night is an all-night event featuring various games (Map), Calendar.
  • The Plaza Capcom at Kichijoji (Map) has the Capcom eSPORTS Club which has free SFV setups, and often runs events.
  • Game Bar Cross-up in Umeda, Osaka (Map) usually does SFV on Tuesday, Guilty Gear and BlazBlue on Wednesday, and KOF14 on Thursday.
  • Game Bar Bridge, in Tachikawa, usually runs some fighting game stuff. Their schedule is pinned to the gbbtachikawa profile.
  • Check Gaijin Gaming Brothers for information about Smash related events in Japan. I add Tokyo based events to my list, but they track events all over Japan with English information.
  • Syogepi-events has a Google Calendar of his events. He often runs platinum and under begginer friendly events. They have an English based guide to participating in their events.

I don't really track free play events or tournaments at arcades - there are lots of them.

The arcade scene is vibrant, and you are likely to find competition at any arcade, but some are more well known than others. You might want to check out

  • Mikado Arcade, Map Takadanobaba
  • Taito Station Shinjuku East Exit, Map
  • Various arcades in Akihabara, Club Sega, Hey!
  • Various shops in Akihabara like the retro game store Super Potato, Map
  • Play Spot Big One 2nd, Map. Out in Chiba, but good place for 3rd Strike or Melty Blood. (Thanks Arlieth!)
  • Game Newton, Map. Lots of ST setups.
  • Your Warehouse, Map Kawasaki (For the crazy design) Oh no, this iconic arcade has shut down as of Nov. 7th.

If you are comfortable with Japanese, Kakuge-checker.com has a comprehensive list of offline, online, and other events going around all over Japan. I don't know how he/they/she does it.

Due to concerns around COVID-19, most large recurring events have been cancelled until further notice. Be careful out there.

Date Game Event Location Comments
2020-03-01 Sun. Various Kemonomichi 3 Live House Mono, Map Streamed, held at a live music venue in Ikebukuro. Interesting, so I'll keep tracking it.
2020-03-02 Mon. SFV SFV at Game Bar Bridge Game Bar Bridge, Map 18:00 -.
2020-03-04 Wed. Smash Smash at Game Bar Bridge Game Bar Bridge, Map 18:00 -. I think you need to register for this - but I didn't see anything at GBB or Gaijin Gaming Brothers.
2020-03-07 Sat. SFV, Rainbow Siege 6 FAV Gaming Cup sponsored by v6Plus TFT Hall 500, Map 09:00 - 19:00, free. Streamed on Youtube. Timetable at the main information page (scroll down, no time zones so don't tell Ace King Off Suit.) Tokido, Nauman, Fujimura, Bon-chan, and Mago are there as guest players.
2020-03-07 Sat. UNIclr UNIclr at GBB Game Bar Bridge, Map 13:00 - 18:00.
2020-03-09 Mon. SFV SFV at Game Bar Bridge Game Bar Bridge, Map 18:00 -.
2020-03-10 Tue. GBVS GBVS at Shot Bar Lucy Shot Bar Lucy, Map 19:00 -. 9 setups. 500yen + 1 order per hour.
2020-03-11 Wed. UNIclr UNIclr at Shot Bar Lucy Shot Bar Lucy, Map 19:00 -. 9 setups. 500yen + 1 order per hour.
2020-03-11 Wed. Smash Smash at Game Bar Bridge Game Bar Bridge, Map 18:00 -. I think you need to register for this - but I didn't see anything at GBB or Gaijin Gaming Brothers.
2020-03-12 Thu. Samurai Spirits / KOF14 SNK Games at Shot Bar Lucy Shot Bar Lucy, Map 19:00 - close. 500yen entry, one order per hour. 8 setups. Organized by BON.
2020-03-13 Fri. Tekken7, SFV, others, board games Shot Bar Lucy All Night Shot Bar Lucy, Map Shot Bar Lucy 11:30pm - 5:00am SFV / Tekken / DBFZ / others. Free.
2020-03-14 Sat. Blade Arcus Rebillion from Shining Blade Arcus at Shot Bar Lucy Shot Bar Lucy, Map 13:00 - 18:00. 2500yen, registration from 13:00, there will be a tournament from 14:00.
2020-03-14 Sat. GBVS GBVS at GBB Game Bar Bridge, Map 13:00 - 18:00.
2020-03-15 Sun. Shadowverse RAGE Ultimate Colosseum Grand Finals Streaming only Streaming on OpenRec and YouTube.
2020-03-15 Sun. SFV Under Diamond Struggle Battle Online In place of the usual SFV Diamond and under offline event, they have planned an online event. Register by the 13th, details at the twipla page.
2020-03-16 Mon. SFV SFV at Game Bar Bridge Game Bar Bridge, Map 18:00 -.
2020-03-17 Tue. GBVS GBVS at Shot Bar Lucy Shot Bar Lucy, Map 19:00 -. 9 setups. 500yen + 1 order per hour.
2020-03-18 Wed. Smash Smash at Game Bar Bridge Game Bar Bridge, Map 18:00 -. I think you need to register for this - but I didn't see anything at GBB or Gaijin Gaming Brothers.
2020-03-19 Thu. Samurai Spirits / KOF14 SNK Games at Shot Bar Lucy Shot Bar Lucy, Map 19:00 - close. 500yen entry, one order per hour. 8 setups. Organized by BON.
2020-03-20 Fri. Tekken7, SFV, others, board games Shot Bar Lucy All Night Shot Bar Lucy, Map Shot Bar Lucy 11:30pm - 5:00am SFV / Tekken / DBFZ / others. Free.
2020-03-21 Sat. UNIclr UNIclr at GBB Game Bar Bridge, Map 13:00 - 18:00.
2020-03-22 Sun. Soul Calibur 6 SC6 at Game Bar Bridge Game Bar Bridge, Map 13:00 -.
2020-03-23 Mon. SFV SFV at Game Bar Bridge Game Bar Bridge, Map 18:00 -.
2020-03-24 Tue. GBVS GBVS at Shot Bar Lucy Shot Bar Lucy, Map 19:00 -. 9 setups. 500yen + 1 order per hour.
2020-03-25 Wed. Smash Smash at Game Bar Bridge Game Bar Bridge, Map 18:00 -. I think you need to register for this - but I didn't see anything at GBB or Gaijin Gaming Brothers.
2020-03-25 Wed. UNIclr UNIclr at Shot Bar Lucy Shot Bar Lucy, Map 19:00 -. 9 setups. 500yen + 1 order per hour.
2020-03-26 Thu. Samurai Spirits / KOF14 SNK Games at Shot Bar Lucy Shot Bar Lucy, Map 19:00 - close. 500yen entry, one order per hour. 8 setups. Organized by BON.
2020-03-27 Fri. Tekken7, SFV, others, board games Shot Bar Lucy All Night Shot Bar Lucy, Map Shot Bar Lucy 11:30pm - 5:00am SFV / Tekken / DBFZ / others. Free.
2020-03-28 Sat. UNIclr UNIclr at Shot Bar Lucy Shot Bar Lucy, Map 14:00 - 19:00. 2000yen includes free soft drinks.
2020-03-28 Sat. GBVS GBVS at GBB Game Bar Bridge, Map 13:00 - 18:00.
2020-03-28 Sat. SFV SFL Pro:JP Tryouts JA CapcomFighters, JA YouTube 10:30am JST -. Players battle it out to get into the JP SFL. Must be 13 and over to enter, live in Japan, and not have a JeSU pro license. 4 blocks of up to 32 people a day. Single elimination until top 8 of each block, then double elim.
2020-03-29 Sun. GBVS GBVS 3on3 by game community battle JA Stream, Animeilluminati EN, Vibrating Sheep EN, BCN Fighters ES 14:00 -. Online tournament with official Cygames support, 3 on 3 teams, broken out by different game communities (e.g., primarily SFV players, DBFZ players, GG players, etc.). Challonge Bracket.
2020-03-29 Sun. SFV SFL Pro:JP Tryouts JA CapcomFighters, JA YouTube 10:30am JST -. Players battle it out to get into the JP SFL. Must be 13 and over to enter, live in Japan, and not have a JeSU pro license. 4 blocks of up to 32 people a day. Single elimination until top 8 of each block, then double elim.
2020-03-30 Mon. SFV SFV at Game Bar Bridge Game Bar Bridge, Map 18:00 -.
2020-03-31 Tue. GBVS GBVS at Shot Bar Lucy Shot Bar Lucy, Map 19:00 -. 9 setups. 500yen + 1 order per hour.
2020-06-20 Sat. GBVS RAGE GBVS Tournament TBD Saturday and Sunday, 1024 person cap (lottery if more people apply), 12 and over (18 an under need a guardian), ~ 47k USD prize pool split out to top 8.
2020-06-21 Sun. GBVS RAGE GBVS Tournament TBD Saturday and Sunday, 1024 person cap (lottery if more people apply), 12 and over (18 an under need a guardian), ~ 47k USD prize pool split out to top 8.



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