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  1. Who needs EVO, anyway? After EVO gave Pokkén the proverbial boot from the main event, fans and players of the game looked at their feet in dismay. We all saw what EVO did for Super Smash Bros. Melee, and for the majority of Pokkén players the hope was that such growth would bless our game, too. To many, the boot from the main stage signaled a death knell for the competitive Pokkén scene. Relegation to side event did not bode well for the eSport's future. With the game's port to the Nintendo Switch, Pokkén has found new footing. More people than ever are playing the game. With the newfound support, Nintendo decided to grant the game new DLC, as well as an announcement of even more fighters to come in the future. It seems that Nintendo has decided to show the game some extra love and attention. Much good news has come from Nintendo in recent days for fans of Pokkén Tournament, and perhaps the biggest news yet has just been announced. Pokkén Tournament has been granted a championship series. In August of 2018, players will arrive in Nashville, Tennessee to participate in the Championship. As of now, Nintendo has announced that there will be 24 qualifying spots, as well as a nondescript number to granted in the future. Qualifiers will be held for the regions of Oceania, North America, and Europe, along with one last chance qualifier in Nashville. The prize pool will be a total of $20,000. Looking to the future, this may very well be what Pokkén needs to break back into the FGC. The Switch port, along with the realization of the new championship series, may just be what Pokkén has been looking for. As 2018 rolls out of the gates, we will see what is to come for Pokkén Tournament. Our fans are passionate, and the numbers grow daily. Ladies and Gentlemen, cross your fingers. The official link with more information is found below. https://www.pokkentournament.com/dx/en-us/championship/
  2. When a video in the FGC comes out with the word “documentary” in the title, the mind automatically flies to the Smash Bros. Documentary. The Smash Documentary was an integral part of a greater formula that led to a drastic increase in user base for the Smash Bros. franchise. The question for those of us in the Pokkén community going forward is simple- can UchiGames’ Pokkén Tournament: The Deluxe Documentary emulate that same success? In short: yes, I believe it can. Uchi has been an integral part of the community from day 1, and his biggest project yet might very well lead us into the next chapter. The Smash Bros. Documentary did a lot of things right, but among them were two elements that stood out. First, it introduced viewers to the passion for the game players have without getting into the nitty gritty technical side of the game. Then, it introduced the story lines that have risen out of the competitive scene up to its recording. These two elements of the documentary, coupled with a number of outside forces, created an environment that was both friendly to newcomers, as well as light a fire under the existing to community- ultimately leading to an astounding increase in both raw numbers, and attention from other parts of the world. The Pokkén documentary excels in the very same ways. The Pokkén documentary opens with a community montage. In this opening scene, the documentary showcases the backbone of every successful eSport- a passionate community. In doing so, the true strength of the Pokkén community becomes very apparent. The community is tightly knit, and full of heart. This point gets touched on throughout the documentary, from interview to interview. Players and personalities alike express their appreciation for the familial nature of the community. They describe the scene as open to newcomers and always willing to help- a breath of fresh air from many other competitive games. For many, picking up a new game is akin to walking into a room full of people they’ve never met. The Pokkén documentary clearly shows that there are plenty of people ready to hold the door open. Once the montage comes to a close, the music slows, and then we move to interviews. Storylines drive competition. This is a well-known fact of competition- from the NFL to Magic: The Gathering, story lines drive viewership, and ultimately funding. For the Smash documentary, the story lines were easy- the game has been played competitively since 2002. We, however, do not have the benefit of a decade and a half of community development to build on. That said, we have our own story lines. In fact, we have two that stand out above the rest. The most obvious one is, of course, the release of DX on the Switch. The Wii U was a garbage console, and playing Pokkén locally was an absolute chore. With the release of DX on the Switch comes a new era of Pokkén. More people than ever are going to have access to the game. There are five new characters that are joining a roster that already has years of play under its belt, with an incredible amount of player resources to support it. Everyone in the community is excited to see both what the new characters can do for the game, but also how the community will evolve as it rides the wave of the Nintendo Switch. It is abundantly apparent throughout the interviews in the Pokkén documentary that the community is brimming with excitement for the changes coming with DX. The other major story line is one that is slightly more difficult to articulate, but that may actually be the more important of them all. At the moment, the community is scraping by. We’re resilient, but small. We live in the realm of the side event, and none of us are content with that. All of us care, all of us have the passion, and with this new era of Pokkén comes a new chance for success. What Pokkén faces, in this moment, is the potential for redemption. Potential is unique in that it never lets you down. Potential is always what could be, never what has happened, or even what will be. It is the hope we feel, and it is the dreams we have, of what might be just over the horizon. Today, the world of Pokkén is buzzing with potential. We’re not as big as Smash Bros. or Street Fighter, not even close- but that doesn’t mean we never will be. All we have to do is play our cards right. We as a community have to play into the potential. We have to find our Daigo Umehara’s and our Mang0’s- our Mew2King’s and our Justin Wong’s. Stories need heroes and villains. We need up and comers and veterans, and we need to see them square off on the main stage at events like EVO and CEO. We must start small, but we cannot be afraid to dream big. We’re in the lion’s den out here in the FGC. It’s hard to break in to what is one of the oldest communities in all of gaming, but we have the strength of a passionate scene and the opportunity of a shot at something more. All of this, backed up by one of the most recognizable franchise IP’s in the history of gaming. It will take a whole lot of work, and even more dedication, but it is possible. Each of us has a role to play- a piece in a bigger puzzle. Pokkén Tournament: The Deluxe Documentary laid the edges out. We just have to fill them in.
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