Event Recap: Capcom Fight Club LA
Capcom is well known in the fighting game community as the number one go-to company when it comes to tournaments. What a lot of people don’t know is that Capcom also throws the best parties. Take, for example, Fight Club LA. It is usually an event where they showcase upcoming games. The first one I ever attended was also in Los Angeles a month before Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 was to be released. They provided free food, a live band, and open play with over 20 stations to test out the game before it was released. This time around, Capcom decided to throw another event in downtown Los Angeles to showcase games like Street Fighter X Tekken, Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3, Street Fighter Volt, and the newer incarnations of Street Fighter III.
The line was already crowded and it even wrapped around 2 blocks behind the venue. The event started at 8PM; it was a packed house and, miraculously, everyone got inside the Belasco theater. As soon as you entered, you were greeted by costumed women dressed as Chun-Li, Viper, and 2 others that I did not recognize. They were positioned near this taxidermy bear with a red bandana. To sum up the atmosphere of the event, it was basically set up so that everyone could play the latest games. People were not all that particularly interested when a local rap duo got on stage; they just kept playing games. Then a couple of exhibition tournaments were held and the fighting crowd cheered. Free food in the form of Empenada’s and Mac-N-Cheese balls with potato were served, and the VIP and Press were treated with Open bar and a private area, where 3 stations were set up to play UMVC and SFxT. That’s where I spent most of my time. I give the event a 3.5 stars out of 5.