July 2, 2020

2020 July and on 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.

Kakuge-checker.com has a list of online events, if you are interested in those.

Date Game Event Location Comments
2020-07-01 Wed. SFV SFV At Shot Bar Lucy Shot Bar Lucy, Map 18:00? -. 9 setups, you must wear a mask / use disenfectant on hands / setups. Attendance will be limited.
2020-07-02 Thu. SNK / GBVS SNK Games At Shot Bar Lucy Shot Bar Lucy, Map 18:00? -. 9 setups, you must wear a mask / use disenfectant on hands / setups. Attendance will be limited.
2020-07-03 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.
2020-07-04 Sat. BBTAG King of Giant Festival Online 14:00 -. Ranking battle. Streamed on Mildom. Run by Team iXA @GetyamogeraT.
2020-07-04 Sat. SFV 3on3 Tokyo Online Party #2 Online 11:00 -. Register by 6/28 23:59, streaming on Mildom, more details (JA).
2020-07-04 Sat. GBVS GBVS at Shot Bar Lucy Shot Bar Lucy, Map 14:00 - 19:00. 2000yen, includes all you can drink soft drinks. 9 setups, you must wear a mask / use disenfectant on hands / setups. Setups are all FT2 winner stays on or FT3 both players leave.
2020-07-04 Sat. UNIst UNI at Game Bar Bridge Game Bar Bridge, Map 13:00 - 18:00. Please wear a mask / follow best practices for COVID reduction.
2020-07-05 Sun. GVBS SNK community vs. SFV community Online 19:00 -. Street Fighter stream, SNK stream. SNK team is Abao, Koji KOG, SCORE, gamera, M', Akira, Laggia, Butter, Tarezo, OZ. SF side: Mago, Uryo, Dogura, Inaba, Kazunoko, BNBBN, Tachikawa, Iyo, Fujiwara, Ryo.
2020-07-05 Sun. MVCI Shiteihai (Teacher & Student) Cup Online 13:00 -. 1:1 double elimination for the students. JP online MVCI tournament to increase MVCI players: join as an apprentice if you haven't played the game > 1yr, join as teacher if you can teach someone to play. Apprentices have a tournament. Gift card prize to teachers. July 5th. Enter starting 6/20.
2020-07-05 Sun. SFV SFV At Shot Bar Lucy Shot Bar Lucy, Map 14:00 - 22:00. 9 setups, you must wear a mask / use disenfectant on hands / setups. 3000yen includes all you can drink soft drinks. Check the twipla page but attendance will be limited.
2020-07-06 Mon. SFV SFV at Game Bar Bridge Game Bar Bridge, Map 18:00 -. Please wear a mask / follow best practices for COVID reduction.
2020-07-08 Wed. Smash Smash at Game Bar Bridge Game Bar Bridge, Map 18:00 -. Reserved for Smash. Please wear a mask / follow best practices for COVID reduction.
2020-07-10 Fri. GBVS GBVS at Game Bar Bridge Game Bar Bridge, Map 18:00 -. Please wear a mask / follow best practices for COVID reduction.
2020-07-11 Sat. BBTAG King of Giant Festival Online 14:00 -. Ranking battle. Streamed on Mildom. Run by Team iXA @GetyamogeraT.
2020-07-11 Sat. SFV Okumura Cup Light 3 Online . Rank separated SFV tournament put on by Okumura Mami, who was in the 2019 JP SFL as the Amateur representative on Nemo Aurora.
2020-07-11 Sat. GBVS GBVS at Game Bar Bridge Game Bar Bridge, Map 13:00 - 18:00. Please wear a mask / follow best practices for COVID reduction.
2020-07-11 Sat. DBFZ Go-1 vs Fenritti FT10 Streaming on Mildom 22:40 JST -. 6:40am PST.
2020-07-11 Sat. SFV The Strongest Gouki Topanga OpenRec channel 17:00 JST -. Akuma only tournament produced by Tokido. The winner gets 100,000 yen (~$1000 USD) and 10 cases of Tokido Akuma x e3 Brain Sports Drink, 2nd is ~$500 and 3 cases, 3rd is ~$100 and 1 case.
2020-07-13 Mon. SFV SFV at Game Bar Bridge Game Bar Bridge, Map 18:00 -. Please wear a mask / follow best practices for COVID reduction.
2020-07-15 Wed. Smash Smash at Game Bar Bridge Game Bar Bridge, Map 18:00 -. Reserved for Smash. Please wear a mask / follow best practices for COVID reduction.
2020-07-17 Fri. GBVS GBVS at Game Bar Bridge Game Bar Bridge, Map 18:00 -. Please wear a mask / follow best practices for COVID reduction.
2021-07-17 Fri. SFV, DBFZ, USFIV Cyclops vs. Burning Core Online (Stream) 22:40 -. Dogura, Fenrichi, GO1 vs. Kazunoko, Nanai, Tachikawa. Streamed on GO1's Mildom channel.
2022-07-17 Fri. GBVS Youngsters vs. Veterans 10v10 Online (Score / Noble / English Stream) 21:00 -. 1 on 1, 2 lives, winner stays on, character change allowed. Under 30 team vs over 30 team. Youngsters: Monster, Tako, Buggy, Yoshii, Laggia, gamera, Noble, Eguchi, (others) vs. Makoto, Butter, Banbaban, Xeph, Mocchi, Zaapapoyo, Ren, SCORE, M', Koji KOG.
2020-07-18 Sat. UNIst UNI at Game Bar Bridge Game Bar Bridge, Map 13:00 - 18:00. Please wear a mask / follow best practices for COVID reduction.
2021-07-19 Sun. SFV 4th iXA Cup Online (Stream) 14:00 -. 1 on 1 single elimination tournament. Entery by 7/17 21:00, 64 person capped tournament. Join the discord, probably you need to be able to communicate in Japanese. Free to enter. ~ $600 USD prize pool (60,000 JPY). Organized by Storm Kubo.
2022-07-19 Sun. Skullgirls BANKARGE PC Skullgirls tournament Online (Stream) 21:00 -. How about a Skullgirls tournament in Japan? I'm sure Da Purple Sharpie would approve.
2023-07-19 Sun. Samurai Spirits 50th Samurai Spirits Weekend battle Online 21:30 -. PS4 Samurai Spirits 16 team 5 on 5 tournament. vsnetinfo should tweet our the stream information before it starts.
2020-07-20 Mon. SFV SFV at Game Bar Bridge Game Bar Bridge, Map 18:00 -. Please wear a mask / follow best practices for COVID reduction.
2020-07-22 Wed. Smash Smash at Game Bar Bridge Game Bar Bridge, Map 18:00 -. Reserved for Smash. Please wear a mask / follow best practices for COVID reduction.
2021-07-22 Wed. SFV Topanga TV Cup OpenRec, YouTube 19:00 -. 32 person double elimination tournament by Topanga TV. The winner get a spot in another tournament they will run at the end of the year (uh, the "hairy arm grand prix"? I didn't do research into what that is, except that Fuudo ran the same thing in 2017 once. HiFightTH comes through with the info: it's a parody naming of the K-One tournament, since you can read the kanji as K-Wan. Dad me approves.
2020-07-23 Thu. SFV Okumura Mami's Zangief's all the way down Online 12:00 -. A collaboration with Kichipa-mu, Okumura Mami will fight 100 battles against only Zangief. 40 battles on account SFL-Ok-muuu (PS4), 3 rounds, 99 count, FT2 (will end after 1st match tho), Char select off, Zangief only, only 5 bar connections, passcode 0817, after the match leave the lounge, but you can re-enter if it is open.
2021-07-23 Thu. SFV Fuudo's Jikoken Test Your Strength tournament Twitch 19:00 -. Free entry. Smash.gg to sign up. You need to be able to communicate in Japanese and join their discord. This is a tournamnet for everyone, with beginners and intermediate participation encouraged! Swiss bracket.
2020-07-24 Fri. GBVS GBVS at Game Bar Bridge Game Bar Bridge, Map 13:00 - 18:00. Please wear a mask / follow best practices for COVID reduction.
2021-07-24 Fri. Killer Instinct Release you extinction power KI tournament Online PC Steam only 21:00 - 24:00. Organized by BlackRavenAAI who should tweet out the stream when that's ready I guess.
2020-07-25 Sat. GBVS GBVS at Game Bar Bridge Game Bar Bridge, Map 13:00 - 18:00. Please wear a mask / follow best practices for COVID reduction.
2021-07-25 Sat. Tekken7 eSports Nation 2020 in Nagasaki Online Twitch 18:00 -. Invitational Tekken7 bracket pre-recorded and will be streamed on Twitch. Total prize pool of ~$1500 ($1000, $300, $100).
2021-07-26 Sun. GBVS Guilty Gear vs. Touhou games GBVS Guilty Stream, Touhou 20:00 -. Panda Global had an English stream of SNK vs. Capcom, maybe there will be an English stream for this one too.
2020-07-27 Mon. SFV SFV at Game Bar Bridge Game Bar Bridge, Map 18:00 -. Please wear a mask / follow best practices for COVID reduction.
2020-07-29 Wed. Smash Smash at Game Bar Bridge Game Bar Bridge, Map 18:00 -. Reserved for Smash. Please wear a mask / follow best practices for COVID reduction.
2020-07-31 Fri. GBVS GBVS at Game Bar Bridge Game Bar Bridge, Map 18:00 -. Please wear a mask / follow best practices for COVID reduction.
2020-08-01 Sat. SFV Okumura Mami's Zangief's all the way down Online 12:00 -. A collaboration with Kichipa-mu, Okumura Mami will fight 100 battles against only Zangief. 40 battles on account SFL-Ok-muuu (PS4), 3 rounds, 99 count, FT2 (will end after 1st match tho), Char select off, Zangief only, only 5 bar connections, passcode 0817, after the match leave the lounge, but you can re-enter if it is open.
2020-08-04 Tue. SFV Okumura Mami's Zangief's all the way down Online 20:00 -. A collaboration with Kichipa-mu, Okumura Mami will fight 100 battles against only Zangief. 20+alpha battles on account SFL-Ok-muuu (PS4), 3 rounds, 99 count, FT2 (will end after 1st match tho), Char select off, Zangief only, only 5 bar connections, passcode 0817, after the match leave the lounge, but you can re-enter if it is open.
2020-08-08 Sat. SFV SFV: Pro JP 2020 Pre-Season Open Tournament Online (Twitch, YouTube, Mildom) 9:00 -. Street Fighter League Pro-JP 2020 pre-season tournament. 2 People from the open tournament, 2 people from the under-22 open tournament, and 2 people from the Pro tournament will advance to join 6 team leaders for a 12 person tournament with a total prize pool of ~ $28,000 USD (3,000,000 yen). Open to residents of Japan that can communicate in Japanese. Register by 7/29.
2020-08-09 Sun. SFV SFV: Pro JP 2020 Pre-Season Open Tournament Online (Twitch, YouTube, Mildom) 9:00 -. Street Fighter League Pro-JP 2020 pre-season tournament. 2 People from the open tournament, 2 people from the under-22 open tournament, and 2 people from the Pro tournament will advance to join 6 team leaders for a 12 person tournament with a total prize pool of ~ $28,000 USD (3,000,000 yen). Open to residents of Japan that can communicate in Japanese. Register by 7/29.
2021-08-15 Sat. CvS2, SFZ3, Vampire Savior Capcom Ultimate Match Thunder Snake ATSUGI (Map) Stream 15:00 -. Free entry, 2 drinks required (600yen). Invitational event for Capcom game Specialists to put on exhibition matches live. Capcom VS SNK 2 is GAO vs. @raikapibara, SFZ3 is versionzero3, igariryu, catapult, kayamanblanka, Vampire Savior is Koshyo vs. Nakanishi.
2020-09-05 Sat. SFV SFV: Pro JP 2020 Pre-Season Open Tournament Online (Twitch, YouTube, Mildom) 9:00 -. Street Fighter League Pro-JP 2020 pre-season tournament. 2 People from the open tournament, 2 people from the under-22 open tournament, and 2 people from the Pro tournament will advance to join 6 team leaders for a 12 person tournament with a total prize pool of ~ $28,000 USD (3,000,000 yen). Invitational for 18 SFV JeSU license holders.
2020-09-06 Sun. SFV SFV: Pro JP 2020 Pre-Season Open Tournament Online (Twitch, YouTube, Mildom) 9:00 -. Street Fighter League Pro-JP 2020 pre-season tournament. 2 People from the open tournament, 2 people from the under-22 open tournament, and 2 people from the Pro tournament will advance to join 6 team leaders for a 12 person tournament with a total prize pool of ~ $28,000 USD (3,000,000 yen). Invitational for 18 SFV JeSU license holders.
2020-09-21 Sun. SFV SFV: Pro JP 2020 Pre-Season Open Tournament Online (Twitch, YouTube, Mildom) 9:00 -. Street Fighter League Pro-JP 2020 pre-season tournament. 2 People from the open tournament, 2 people from the under-22 open tournament, and 2 people from the Pro tournament will advance to join 6 team leaders for a 12 person tournament with a total prize pool of ~ $28,000 USD (3,000,000 yen). Final Pre-Season tournament 2 from open tournament, 2 from U-22, 2 from Pro tournament, and the 6 team leaders.



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