On December 3, 2021, CEO Gaming opened its doors to the Fighting Game Community for the first time in nearly 2 years. The competitive nature and battle of enmity meet the casual player. In 3 days, players battled in the streets, for the King of Iron Fist, in Mortal Kombat to serve their tribe, or competed just out of plain STRIVE!
CEO known as Community Effort Orlando Gaming focuses on fighting game tournaments. The founder is known for successfully merging gaming events with pro-wrestling. CEO has worked with New Japan Pro-Wrestling and All Elite Wrestling.
Fighting games, like any other live event or sport, provide a different outlet to people wanting to escape the hassles of everyday life. Offline competitions and events are unique compared to online competitive gameplay. One can expect the atmosphere to be the same as an MMA or even a pro-wrestling event. The audience will cheer and boo whoever they please. One will support their favourite player. Some will even support their country or even their favourite characters from the game, they are watching in grand finals. Sometimes in the community competition becomes so heinous that it could be contrasted to there being a face and a heel. However, the fact remains that the community supports one another.
Players travelled from across the globe to be featured and seen at CEO. Known sponsors and teams gladly assisted to bring the community together, in these difficult times. To come out and play.
The return and rise of the fighting game community, is gradually getting back to face-to-face rivalry. There could be no more outstanding means for finishing off the year than with an FGC event CEO 2021.
The tournament brackets included the following games:
Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Skullgirls 2nd Encore, Granblue Fantasy: Versus, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Mortal Kombat 11, Guilty Gear Strive, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Tekken 7, and Street Fighter V: Champion Edition.
Here is a list of highlights and winners for CEO 2021.
- Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3: RayRay
- BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle: LLon_nu13
- Skullgirls 2nd Encore: dekillsage
- Granblue Fantasy: Versus: Ren
- Dragon Ball FighterZ: Dismantlex
- Mortal Kombat 11: Scorpionprocs23
- Guilty Gear Strive: K7 Showoff
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Kola
- Tekken 7: Arslan Ash
- Street Fighter V: Champion Edition: Mono
The night of finals could not be complete without the final win from MONO who brought his family to the FGC event. Panda Global’s Punk would place 2nd for the night. After the grand finals reset, MONO adapted to Punk’s gameplay. He remained to play his main- FANG.
MONO played with inconceivable accuracy, timing, and spacing his moves on-screen with FANG’s moves. In this astonishing final, MONO’s family would rush into the ring as he left as CEO’s Street Fighter V Champion.
People can see fighting games as a hobby. However, it’s not just a hobby or a lifestyle. The FGC is a culture in a nation in the gaming world.
As always, the FGC and CEO will continue to do what they are best known for Competing and fighting forever. CEO Gaming will return to Daytona Beach, FL on June 24-26, 2022
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