January 13, 2021

Q1 Fighting game events in or around 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:

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.

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
2021-01-09 Sat. SF3:3rd Strike Cooperation Cup Asakusabashi Hulic Hall The famous 5v5 3s tournament returns. Cancelled but see special exhibition matches on the Twitch Archive.
2021-01-10 Sun. SF3:3rd Strike Cooperation Cup Asakusabashi Hulic Hall The famous 5v5 3s tournament returns. Cancelled but see special exhibition matches on the Twitch Archive.
2021-01-09 Sat. SFV Aim the CHUBAR -Light- qual1 Online (Mildom) 17:00 -. 64 player single elimination. The Wave Gaming runs eSports events and is based out of Okinawa.
2021-01-16 Sat. GBVS / Shadowverse / Secret Takaoka Esports Cup Online (TBD) 10:00 - 16:00 for GBVS, 32 person cap, ~ $2500 prize pool. 10:00 - 18:00 for Shadowverse, ~$2500 prize pool, limited to people in the Hokushinetsu region, 64 person cap. Takaoka ePark is an eSports facility in Toyama-ken, Takaoka city. These are both season 1, and there will be 4 events in the season. There is a "secret" game (title not announced) with an ~ $5000 prize pool too.
2021-01-16 Sat. SFV CAPCON eSPORTS CLUB Ranking Battle Online (YouTube) 15:00 -. Women's tournament from 15:00, and an open tournament from 17:00.
2021-01-16 Sat. DBFZ Go-1 Baby only tournament Online (Mildom) 15:00 -. 128 player double elimination FT2 (WF, LF, GF FT3) each team needs to have at least one Baby, the other characters are free. Only for JP residents (Sorry Tyrant, Damascus!) Bracket on Tonamel.
2021-01-16 Sat. SFV 3rd REDEE On-line Cup Online (YouTube) 13:00 -. 128 player single elimination. Brackets on Tonamel. I don't know much about REDEE Gaming, they say they are the largest eSports Facility in Japan with their Osaka shop.
2021-01-16 Sat. SFV Aim the CHUBAR -Light- qual2 Online (Mildom) 17:00 -. 64 player single elimination. The Wave Gaming runs eSports events and is based out of Okinawa.
2021-01-17 Sun. DBFZ 2on2 Go-1 Cup Online (Mildom) 15:00 -. Double elimination 64 team 2on2. Japan residents only (sorry Tyrant, Damascus!) Brackets at Tonamel.
2021-01-17 Sun. SFV FAV Cup Mini Online (YouTube) ??? TBD, but should be in the afternoon sometime. These are always great events - Itabashi Zangief had a run where he won six in a row - only recently stopped in the last one by Higuchi.
2021-01-18 Mon. SFV Welcome to all Rookies! Online (Capcom Fighters JP) 20:00 -. A new series of online ranking battles for JP Rookies. No further details announced yet. There should be content aimed at beginners including lessons by pro players and other stuff.
2021-01-20 Wed. Tekken7 Intercontinental Fight Club Asia Online (Twitch) 20:00 -. Your man Majin Obama is out there saving the Tekken Asia Scene with the ten/0 peeps.
2021-01-21 Thu. SFV JikokenTV Diamond and Under Online (Twitch) 21:00 -. Fuudo hosts tournaments as part of his JikokenTV series. This is for Diamond and Under.
2021-01-23 Sat. SFV CAPCON eSPORTS CLUB Ranking Battle Online (YouTube) 15:00 -. Women's tournament from 15:00, and an open tournament from 17:00.
2021-01-23 Sat. SFV Aim the CHUBAR -Light- Finals Online (Mildom) 17:00 -. Top 8 from the two previous qualifiers. ~$300 for the winner, and $200 for 2nd place. The Wave Gaming runs eSports events and is based out of Okinawa.
2021-01-23 Sat. BBTAG King of Giant Festival Online (Mildom) 14:00 -. Double elimination, 128 player cap. Brackets.
2021-01-23 Sat. SFV CAPCON eSPORTS CLUB Ranking Battle Online (YouTube) 15:00 -. Women's tournament from 15:00, and an open tournament from 17:00. Smash.gg.
2021-01-25 Mon. SFV Welcome to all Rookies! Online (Capcom Fighters JP) 20:00 -. A new series of online ranking battles for JP Rookies. No further details announced yet. There should be content aimed at beginners including lessons by pro players and other stuff.
2021-01-25 Mon. SFV Pocky Pocky KO Grand Championship Online (Twitch) 15:00 -. The people who submitted Pocky KO entries get a chance to face off against RobTV to decide the Worldwide Pocky KO Champion!
2021-01-26 Tue. DBFZ Fighting Tuesday DBFZ Online (Twitch) 20:00 -. Double Elimination. Sign up by 19:00 day of. Check out the discord. The largest weekly DBFZ tournament in the world is back and online?
2021-01-27 Wed. Tekken7 Intercontinental Fight Club Asia Online (Twitch) 20:00 -. Your man Majin Obama is out there saving the Tekken Asia Scene with the ten/0 peeps. Smash.gg.
2021-01-27 Wed. UNIcl-r Shot Bar Lucy UNIcl-r online Online (YouTube) 19:00 -. 23:00. 4 separate rooms (beginner, intermediate, advanced, all levels). Join their discord server. Please be able to communicate in Japanese since that is what everyone will be using.
2021-01-30 Sat. SFV Street Fighter League Pro JP Finals Online (Pay per view Zaiko) 12:00 -. The Street Fighter League Pro:JP 2020 finals will be streamed on a pay per view service live, and then 2021-02-06 will stream on Twitch/YouTube/Mildom/Periscope for free. I've got my ticket (about $10) so I'll watch it live.
2021-01-30 Sat. SFV A Bread-Maker's Bread Tournament Online (YouTube) 21:00 -. 32 player single elimination. Winner get bread. Go get that bread!
2021-01-30 Sat. GBVS / Shadowverse / Secret Takaoka Esports Cup Online (TBD) 10:00 -. 16:00 for GBVS, 32 person cap, ~ $2500 prize pool. 10:00 - 18:00 for Shadowverse, ~$2500 prize pool, limited to people in the Hokushinetsu region, 64 person cap. Takaoka ePark is an eSports facility in Toyama-ken, Takaoka city. These are both season 1, and there will be 4 events in the season. There is a "secret" game (title not announced) with an ~ $5000 prize pool too.
2021-01-31 Sat. SFV CAPCON eSPORTS CLUB Ranking Battle Online (YouTube) 15:00 -. Women's tournament from 15:00, and an open tournament from 17:00. Smash.gg.
2021-01-31 Sat. SFV Yoshimoto Gaming G-Tune Cup Online (Mildom) 13:00 -. The G-Tune cups have good prizes (a G-Tune EM-Z Gaming PC), and high participation. Nanai is on commentary with Haitani and Kawano. Sign up here if you are comfortable with Japanese.
2021-02-03 Wed. Tekken7 Intercontinental Fight Club Asia Online (Twitch) 20:00 -. Your man Majin Obama is out there saving the Tekken Asia Scene with the ten/0 peeps. Smash.gg.
2021-02-06 Sat. SFV Street Fighter League Pro JP Finals Online (Twitch, YouTube) 12:00 -. Free re-stream. The Street Fighter League Pro:JP 2020 finals will be streamed on a pay per view service live, and then 2021-02-06 will stream on Twitch/YouTube/Mildom/Periscope for free. I've got my ticket (about $10) so I'll watch it live.
2021-02-10 Wed. Tekken7 Intercontinental Fight Club Asia Online (Twitch) 20:00 -. Your man Majin Obama is out there saving the Tekken Asia Scene with the ten/0 peeps. Smash.gg.
2021-02-14 Sun. SFV Beast Cup Online (Mildom) 10:00 -. 21:00. A beginner focused tournament, team 7 on 7, with a Gekokujo rule (underdog overthrowing a higher leader) to make things more interesting. Broadcast from Red Bull Gaming Sphere Tokyo, PS4 or PC version, single elimination. Must be under 6500 League Points as a single entry, or under 3500 LP if you enter as a group of 2 or more, or if you have 5 people only under 5500 points and the organizers will provide 2 more people. Beast Cup Underdog rule. A special rule that lets you come back even from four losses down. If you have 4 losses at the start of the 5th or 6th match, there is an Extra Round (EX). The last person to win on the underdog team plays, and the person from the winning team in the round after the last win for the losers plays. Regardless of the outcome of the EX round, the final 6th and 7th rounds take place. If the underdog team wins all three of the EX, 6th and 7th battles, they get a come-from-behind victory and win!
2021-02-17 Wed. Tekken7 Intercontinental Fight Club Asia Online (Twitch) 20:00 -. Your man Majin Obama is out there saving the Tekken Asia Scene with the ten/0 peeps. Smash.gg.
2021-02-24 Wed. Tekken7 Intercontinental Fight Club Asia Online (Twitch) 20:00 -. Your man Majin Obama is out there saving the Tekken Asia Scene with the ten/0 peeps. Smash.gg.
2021-03-03 Wed. Tekken7 Intercontinental Fight Club Asia Online (Twitch) 20:00 -. Your man Majin Obama is out there saving the Tekken Asia Scene with the ten/0 peeps. Smash.gg.
2021-03-10 Wed. Tekken7 Intercontinental Fight Club Asia Online (Twitch) 20:00 -. Asia Exhibitions. Your man Majin Obama is out there saving the Tekken Asia Scene with the ten/0 peeps. Smash.gg.
2021-03-17 Wed. Tekken7 Intercontinental Fight Club Asia Online (Twitch) 20:00 -. Asia Finals. Your man Majin Obama is out there saving the Tekken Asia Scene with the ten/0 peeps. Smash.gg.



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