Street Fighter 6 is a highly anticipated game in the fighting game community, with fans eagerly awaiting its release. However, ever since the release of the Street Fighter 6 betas, there has been a cracked version that allows players to keep playing on PC. This has sparked a debate about the ethics of using the cracked beta and the potential unfair advantages it may provide.
The major points of contention are that those with access to the cracked beta would have an unfair advantage over those who didn’t, especially if they were a console player who didn’t have a choice in having it or not. The argument is that the game is still in development, and it’s constantly changing. Therefore, those who have access to the beta and can practice and learn the game’s mechanics and characters may have a significant advantage over other players who haven’t had the chance to do so.
On the other hand, some players argue that the beta ultimately doesn’t matter. The game is still in development, and many changes are expected before the final release. Additionally, those who have access to the beta may have to relearn everything once the game is released. Therefore, any advantage gained from playing the beta may be short-lived and ultimately insignificant.
However, the arguments seem to have shifted as top players say that those who are playing the beta crack should be banned from tournaments because of their unfair advantage. With Street Fighter 6 being the flagship game for the Capcom Pro Tour with a total prize pool of $2M and the winner of the Capcom Cup will be awarded $1M, there is a lot at stake for professional players. The fear is that players with access to the cracked beta will have an unfair advantage over other players and may dominate the tournament scene.
The counter to this was equally radical, implying that this advanced knowledge is no different than when Japan was able to dominate in fighting games they got to play the games first. The argument is that those who have access to the beta are simply ahead of the curve, and it’s up to other players to catch up. This is not a new phenomenon, as players from different regions have always had varying levels of access to fighting games.
To be clear, the stance that players who’ve been playing the beta should be banned is a little extreme. It’s difficult to prove that someone has an unfair advantage, and it’s not fair to punish players for something they may not have control over. Additionally, banning players from tournaments would be a significant blow to the fighting game community, as it would limit the pool of players available to compete.
In my personal opinion, I don’t even think the beta matters much anymore now that the demo exists. The demo provides a level playing field for all players to learn and practice the game’s mechanics and characters. Learning characters in a beta doesn’t matter as the game can change drastically from the beta to the final release. But now that the demo is here, everyone can learn what everyone needs to know the most: the Drive system.
In conclusion, the debate around the cracked beta of Street Fighter 6 is understandable given the high stakes of professional tournaments, but it is ultimately a moot point. With the release of the demo, all players have a level playing field to practice and learn the game. While those with access to the beta may have had an advantage in the past, it’s time to move on and focus on the game ahead.