Professional Avenue Fighter V Participant Calls Out Tourney’s ‘Shitty’ Setup

The Evolution Championship Collection, usually known as simply EVO, wrapped up its Japanese circuit this weekend. There was rather a lot to get hyped for through the match, together with the epic Responsible Gear Attempt units and the nail-biting Tekken 7 matches. Nevertheless, one factor that the majority rivals weren’t stoked about was the laggy setup, which the occasion’s organizers have admitted on Twitter “produced a flawed competitor expertise all through the match.”

A spin-off of the principle match that first kicked off in January 2018, EVO Japan is a multi-day occasion centered across the combating sport group. A plethora of standard and lately dropped brawlers are playable there, from The King of Fighters XV to Melty Blood: Kind Lumina to Avenue Fighter V. Alongside these video games are an assortment of their greatest rivals, together with prime Responsible Gear Attempt participant Gobou, Tekken 7 professionals Arslan Ash and Rangchu, and goated Virtua Fighter 5 participant Tonchan. Of us have been prepared for 3 days of throwing digital palms, and as a viewer, I can inform you it was thrilling to look at all of the wild combo strings and even wilder redemption arcs, like professional Tekken 7 participant Meo-IL clawing his method from the losers bracket to the grand finals. However as issues moved quick, the setup couldn’t sustain and screens seemingly lagged behind in displaying the gameplay—a very major problem in a style the place digital life-or-death reactions and very important inputs are the stuff of milliseconds.

Fed up, Punk calls out ‘shitty’ match setup

The setup points gave the impression to be widespread. Each Tekken gamers Arslan Ash and Rangchu famous the laggy points with the screens, whereas Responsible Gear Attempt professional Jonathan Tene talked about that the venue had “just one setup” per pool. Different attendees, from Responsible Gear participant Romolla to Tekken professional Knee, complained about EVO Japan’s setup as effectively. However the points have been most pronounced throughout an essential Avenue Fighter V match between Momochi and Punk, which was stalled for nearly an hour as Punk had a show changed due to the latency issues between the monitor and the PlayStation 4.

Punk, who’s a prolific combating sport participant, was making his method via the Prime 8 losers bracket. After battling virtually 400 different rivals in Avenue Fighter V: Championship Version, Punk might see the first-place trophy and roughly $7,600 in entrance of him. He simply needed to put Momochi, a two-time EVO champion, within the filth first. Issues have been fairly evenly matched between the 2, although Punk’s Vega misplaced the primary match in opposition to Momochi’s Cody. It was at this level that Punk known as over an occasion staffer to speak in regards to the latency points. After testing out some buttons, the staffer concluded {that a} new monitor was so as. Almost 40 minutes and a brand new show later, Punk ended up dropping to Momochi, who performed as Karin for the second match. Punk was clearly sad and,, as seen on this fan recording, stormed off the stage. The winner of Avenue Fighter V’s EVO Japan competitors was Oil King.


On Twitter, Punk popped off on EVO Japan, calling the monitor points “fucking annoying” and the match itself “shitty.” He later defined that he’d spent “over $2000” solely to be met with what he felt was an unacceptable match setup by which the match’s outcome was not in his management. He completed off by apologizing to “all Japanese followers” for not enjoying his greatest, one thing he promised simply earlier than starting his match in opposition to Momochi.

EVO says the difficulty was the stage and stream, not the screens

Within the wake of rivals like Punk discoursing over screens on Twitter,, the official EVO account acknowledged that the occasion suffered from “a flawed competitor expertise” that resulted in an imbalance it promised would “by no means occur once more.” The match’s normal supervisor, Richard Thiher, quote-tweeted EVO, saying that the stage setup “negatively impacted gamers” throughout video games. Nevertheless, in that admission, Thiher wished to make one factor clear: it wasn’t the screens.

“You will need to verify that Punk and others have been proper, the Evo Japan 2023 stage setup negatively impacted gamers,” Thiher tweeted on April 2. “It’s also crucial to verify it was the stage and stream design itself, not the INZONE screens. We’ll show that to you at different occasions this 12 months.”

Kotaku reached out to EVO and Punk for remark.

Regardless of the technical points and drama, EVO Japan was nonetheless a blast this 12 months. There’s nothing like watching gifted, skilled gamers do extremely unimaginable issues in video games, not to mention through the stress of a match. Nevertheless, combating video games being what they’re, it’s important that rivals have the ability to play in an surroundings the place the {hardware}, shows, and all the things else are as much as the duty, as something much less will inevitably hamper play. With EVO returning in August at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay, there’s nonetheless a number of months to sort things up and show that, as Thiher stated, the issue wasn’t with the screens.


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