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As the Fighting Game Community is recovering from the startling revelation that Loren "Fanatiq" Riley no longer has a functioning coupon code to pelt live stream viewers with, the community has been blind-sided yet again by divisive infighting and yet another influential sponsor unexpectedly dropping top players from its roster.
Emmanuel "CDJr" Brito, an outspoken member of the Top Players Party known for dropping more games than Andre "Omgitzandre" Howard drops combos, took to the Twitter airwaves this afternoon and lashed out against "Original Gangsters" and the alleged "Illuminati" and demanded that they step aside and allow the Fighting Game Community to grow beyond "ballroom[s] at a hotel" and enter the grown-up world of convention centers. "It's time to let big companies take over so they can push our games even more. Cause [in my opinion] shit WILL stay the same unless that happens.", an enraged Mr. Brito said via his Twitter account. "I honesty cant believe [Maxter]EMP_Maxter [Brito] got payed (sic) more for getting 3rd in [Major League Gaming] than [Ho Kun] Xian did forgetting first IN SF4 at Evo.", he added, going on to say that Street Fighter IV at a Major League Gaming (MLG) event would "double the payout Evo has plus different states all tournaments [...] venue 100x bigger, free raffles, free food drink". FGCNN analysts were quick to note that the Evolution Fighting Game Championships do not have "free food drink" nor do they have "different states all tournaments", which would imply that Mr. Brito is on to something, or on something.
Fighting Game Community Critics were quick to step in and fire back at Mr. Brito, such as James "jchensor" Chen, retired lifetime 0-2 player and noted Cammy apologist, who was quick to call Mr. Brito "confused". "I want [the Fighting Game Community] to be successful like eSports, I just wanna do it OUR way.", Mr. Chen said via his Twitter account, going on to say that "building it up yourself is a lot better than relying on someone else to do it for you.". It is unclear what Mr. Chen is doing to build up the Fighting Game Community beyond stating incorrect "facts" during broadcasts of Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 and constantly being baited by clowns into social media arguments.
Mr. Chen went on to say that "going eSports" would lead to community contributors/content producers such as Team Spooky, iPlayWinner, BossLogic, LevelUp, Seth Mussey and the like to no longer be able to earn pennies on the dollar from "CPM", or online ad money for working 12+ hour days with little to no recognition from top players. "MLG doesn't need them.", said Mr. Chen, noting that MLG and other "eSports" leagues would simply pay their own production teams or hire freelance contractors rather than do something intelligent like hire from within the community, such as when MLG contracted or hired Fighting Game Community members such as Ryan "fubarduck" Harvey, Min "TS Min" An, Eric "Juicebox" Albino, and Arturo "Sabin" Sanchez, among others in 2012. " Mr. Chen went on to say that if the Fighting Game Community grows itself organically without the assistance of "corporate" leadership such as MLG, the community will "have our own organizers, TOs, coaches, commentators, analysts, article writers [...] The FGC players can make it a CAREER. That's what I want. I'm looking VERY long term." FGCNN analysts are quick to note that Mr. Chen is approaching forty years of age.
Amidst all of the unproductive and poisonous infighting on social media outlets, Mad Catz poured fuel on the fire by announcing that they are dropping two of their sponsored players from their roster. Ghim Kee Eng, better known as "Gackt", and Ho Kun Xian, better known as "Xian", were unceremoniously dropped by Mad Catz 3 days ago according to Mark "MarkMan" Julio's Twitter account. "We have removed the profiles of [Mr. Xian] & [Mr. Eng] from [the Mad Catz website] & wish them the best in the future! We owe [Mr. Xian and Mr. Eng] so much for their hard work & representation. I'm sure they will do great in their next venture!" Mad Catz dropping the 2013 Evolution Fighting Game Series Champion for Super Street Fighter IV on the heels of Performance Designed Products (PDP) announcing that they were disbanding the "Team Afterglow Elite" gaming team has led some members of the Fighting Game Community, such as Mr. Brito, to call for reform in community leadership in order to produce more opportunities for advancement and monetary gain. FGCNN Financial Analysts recommends that perhaps Mr. Brito, and everyone else in the Fighting Game Community should remember that they are playing video games, and they should perhaps seek gainful employment from an individual or business with an actual plan and sustainable revenue stream.
Are the "Original Gangsters" and the "Illuminati" holding back the Fighting Game Community from advancing? Will Mr. Chen succeed in his dream to get paid a living wage to make factually inaccurate statements about games he doesn't play? Will Mr. Brito finally turn in the McDonalds application he has been sitting on for so long and play video games for fun again? Will everyone remember that we're all just playing video games and forget about trying to make a living off of this stuff? Let us know in the comments below!
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