This weekend’s Evo Japan event was not without its fair share of controversy, as prolific Street Fighter player Victor “Punk” Woodley took to Twitter to express his dissatisfaction with the event’s setup. However, his claims were initially met with skepticism by many in the fighting game community (FGC), who believed it was just another case of him blaming technical issues for his losses.
Punk has a history of attributing his losses to technical issues with setups at events. Unfortunately, his delivery usually isn’t very diplomatic or constructive, which has caused him to lose credibility with some members of the FGC. Therefore, when he expressed his frustration with the setup at Evo Japan, many people did not take his claims seriously.
However, a few hours ago, Rick The Hadou, General Manager of Evo, confirmed that Evo Japan did indeed have issues with the stage setup. The official Evo Twitter account also released a statement corroborating Punk’s claims. Mark Julio, a member of the Evo team, later responded to tweets saying that a plan would be communicated once it is ready to be released to the public.
Despite Punk’s controversial methods, it is important to note that he was, in fact, correct in his assessment of the situation at Evo Japan. While his delivery could have been better, it is essential to listen to the concerns raised by players who participate in these events. Hopefully, Evo 2023 in the US will have ironed out these issues so that all players can have a fair and enjoyable experience.
The FGC has always been a tight-knit community, with players and fans alike coming together to share their love for fighting games. However, like any community, it is not without its flaws. Technical issues at events are not new, and they can often be frustrating for players who have traveled from all over the world to compete.
It is important for event organizers to listen to feedback from players and take steps to improve the experience for everyone involved. This includes ensuring that the setups are functional, that the rules are fair and clear, and that the event runs smoothly.
In conclusion, while Punk’s delivery may not always be politically correct, his concerns regarding technical issues at Evo Japan were valid. We hope that the Evo team takes these concerns seriously and takes steps to ensure that future events run smoothly, so that all players can have an enjoyable experience. The FGC is a passionate community, and we want to ensure that everyone can continue to come together to share their love for fighting games in a fair and inclusive environment.